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Theory Test

What is a Theory Test?

The theory test is the examination that you must pass before you can book a driving test. It is an examination aimed to ensuring you know the laws, rules, regulations and road signs.

This test is divided into two parts: hazard perception section and multiple choice questions.

And it does work – studies show that accidents are less likely to happen with new drivers who have a sound knowledge with ‘hazard perception’ training.

Mechanics of  the Theory Test

The theory test starts with 50 multiple choice questions randomly selected from a question bank of more than 1,000 test questions. In order to pass you need to get no more than 7 mistakes, that’s at least 43 out of 50, in about 57 minutes.

The test will be taken at an examination centre where questionnaires are computer operated, so you’ll use a touch screen.

Mechanics of the Hazard Perception Test

Right after you finish the Multiple Choice theory questions, the perception hazard test will commence. You will be shown a series of 14 video clips, each 1 minute in length, showing different potential hazards that could include road conditions, pedestrians or road users. There are 15 hazards that you need to identify. You can score up to 5 points for each, depending on how quick you respond to it. In order to pass, you need to get 44 out of 75 points.

After the Hazard Perception Test is the Practical Test.

You will also find helpful links here to make you pass the test easier the first time.


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"Elicia started the 2014 new year with a big band! Elicia was my first student to pass first time on her first attempt in 2014. Elicia passed on the 2nd Of January 2014 at the Cheetham Hill Driving Test Centre. Elicia was an absolute beginner and we got off to a flying start. Elicia was determined and ready to learn. I would describe Elicia's lessons as progressive and productive in many ways. We got round driving on the road in no time. Elicia's driving skills improved as the lessons came by, we moved from simply going round the block to developing road sense and getting grip what it entails to be a safe and confident driver on the road. The left reverse exercise was the least favourite, hence we spent more time reversing "round the corners" i.e. reversing from the main road to a side/minor road. We managed to get round it and hence we were ready for the practical test.. Congratulations once again, I could not be any less proud of you, wish you a lifetime of safe driving."  Read More