How To Pass Your Theory Test

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How To Pass Your Theory Test

How To Pass Your Theory Test

When you start learning to drive it’s easy to focus your attention on the practical driving test. Before you get to that stage though, you need to pass your driving theory test first.

This will test your knowledge of the highway code and ability to perceive hazards on the road. Fear not, it’s not as scary as it sounds but to be successful. you do need to practise and know your stuff.

In this article, we’re going to look at what the theory test is, how to book your test and what is needed to pass.

What is the driving theory test?

So, what exactly is the driving theory test?

There are two parts, both of which you will complete on the same day at your chosen test centre. The first part will require you to answer 50 questions, all multiple choice questions. You will need at least 43 correct answers to pass. The questions will be a mixture of questions about the highway code and other rules of the road, such as recognising and understanding traffic and road signs.

The second part of the theory test is the hazard perception test. You will be asked to watch 14 video clips featuring road scenes and hazards. You will score points for spotting hazards as they start in the scene. For example, if you spot a car indicating and begin to pull out in front of you, this is classed as a developing hazard.

Booking your driving theory test

Once you feel you are ready to take your theory test, you will need to book it online.

Make sure that you have the following to hand:

  • your driving license number
  • a credit or debit card to pay the £23 test fee
  • an email address or if you don’t have one, you can book your test over the phone by calling the DVSA (Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency) on 0300 200 1122.

What you need to pass the test

We know the feeling – you really want to pass the first time, so that you can progress to taking your practical test. One of our top tips is – practise, practise, practise! We would recommend taking mock theory tests and even asking a friend or family member to help by testing your knowledge too.

Make sure you check out last year’s blog post about the 5 Best Theory Test Apps. There are some great ones on there to try which will be really useful in helping you to practise before you take the real theory test.

Revision is essential so if there are areas you find tricky, such as stopping distances and staying safe in your vehicle, put extra time into studying these areas.

Finally, test yourself until you are confident in your knowledge, and good luck!As always, Totally Driving is here to help. If you have any questions or feel that you would like to brush up on your driving skills, our refresher driving course is ideal. Get in touch to find out more.


Olie Smith
Olie Smith
Olie Smith is a DSA Fully Approved Driving instructor with years of professional experience in driver training. Oliver set up Totally Driving to give a more bespoke, personal feel to driving lessons.

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