Driving tests can be a daunting experience for most.
Up until now, you’ll have been taking lessons with the comfort of knowing you have your instructor to guide you. It can be easy to forget, amidst the panic of your upcoming practical, that you have your theory test to pass first.
The theory test has 2 parts: 50 multiple-choice questions and the computerised hazard perception test which will both need to be passed – you need 43/50 on the multiple choice questions and 44/75 on the hazard perception test
You’ve practiced for your practical for some time maybe but have you given that same dedication to the theory test? It’s just as crucial in getting your licence so we’ve put together a few tips to help you:
- Book the test – just like your practical test, you need to book a slot to go and do your theory test. It can be booked at various centres across the country. You can find your nearest centre here: https://www.gov.uk/find-theory-test-centre
- Read all about it – get up to scratch by revising for it just like you would for any other test. The DVSA (Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency) have produced a theory test handbook which is full of example of questions and other useful information. Not only can you revise and learn for your theory test via books, you can also download The Official DVSA Theory Test Kit for Car Driversapp on your phone or tablet, making it even easier to learn everything you need to know.
- Practice makes perfect – there’s loads of help available to get you ready to take your theory test. Get a proper feel for how the Multiple Choice and Hazard Perception parts of the test work by taking some practice tests, or getting someone to test you. This will not only increase your confidence but will highlight the areas you need to go over again!
- Be prepared for the day – there are a few things you need to know about test day. You need to be at the centre 30 minutes before the start of your test so make sure you leave early and arrive on time. Remember to take your photo card provisional driving licence with you on the day. Without it you can’t take the test but will still be charged the fee.
- Use the practice time – everybody wants you to pass and you even get 15 minutes of practice time before your test starts. Make sure you use this opportunity to get familiar with the touch screen/layout and if something looks like it’s not working, let someone know.
- Breathe – you’re almost there! You get a 3 minute break in between the multiple choice and hazard perception test. Use it to relax, stretch out and get yourself ready for round 2.
Have faith in yourself – and remember that you can only do your best! We hope these tips will get you off to a flying start to pass your theory test with flying colours – but don’t worry if you don’t pass first time – it takes people, on average, two times to pass. You can highlight which areas you need to work on, so the best thing is to get your next test booked in ASAP and get some more study in while it’s still fresh. Good luck!