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new theory test The UK driving theory test last changed in January 2012. New theory tests were introduced using all new questions that are not be published. This was to encourage learner drivers and motorcycle riders to read, learn and actually think about the highway code rather than just learn the questions and answers.

The way the 'new' theory and hazard perception test is conducted will remain the same, with the same pass marks. Full details below!


New Theory Test Changes and test procedure.

In September 2011 more challenging case studies (see below) will be added to the theory test for cars and motorcycles. The DSA will alter the format of any books and training aids that they publish for the theory test in preparation for January 1st 2012.

From January 1st 2012 theory tests will be made up of all new questions which will not be published by the DSA or anyone else as the questions and answers will not be made available.

Theory training aids published after January 1st 2012 such as books, CDRoms and DVDs will undoubtedly still contain practice question and answers, probably quite similar to those used in the actual test, but they will not be identical.

The Driving Theory and Hazard PerceptionTest

Below is what happens in the Car and Motorcycle Theory Test.


The Theory Test was first introduced 1996. Often refered to as the 'written test', the original theory test used actual papers that the candidate marked with a pencil. The test has been revised over the years with the introduction of computerised touch screens, hazard perception video clips, case study questions and an increase in ther number of questions.

You need to pass the theory test before applying for a practical driving test.

1) You should arrive at the Theory test centre in plenty of time, ideally 30 minutes before the start of the test.

Both Parts of your driving licence (paper and plastic card) are checked by the theory test centre staff. You will be asked to put any belongings such as bags etc into a locker.

2) Your will be shown to your test booth where the test will start once you are ready.

3) You will be able to have a 15 minute practice session if required.

4) You will start with the multiple choice theory test using the touch screen to select your answer/s. You will have 57 minutes to answer the 50 multiple choice questions. The questions will come up one at a time.

If you are not sure of an answer you can 'flag' the question and come back to it later on, and you can also change your answer/s if you think you have made a mistake.

Five of the questions you will be asked will be based upon a case study. You will be given a paragraph or several paragraphs of information relating to an imaginary scenario (such as a trip you may be taking in your car etc etc), and then be asked 5 questions on this case study.

In order to pass the multiple choice section of the test you will need to score at least 43 correct answers out of 50 questions.

5) You will then move on to the hazard percepion element of the test.

After a short instructional video and one practice test video clip the test propper will begin.

You will be shown 14 video clips lasting about 1 minute each. You have to click on the mouse when you see a hazard developing.

One or more of the clips may have more than one hazard in them for you to respond to.

You will need to score at least 44 out of a possible 75 marks to pass this element of the test.

NEW HAZARD PERCEPTION VIDEO CLIPS FROM SUMMER 2013 - Scenarios and hazards will remain exactly the same but cars and surroundings will be modernised.

You need to pass both elements (multi choice and hazard perception) in order to pass the theory test. You will be given your result and a certificate if you pass at the end of the test.



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