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The Theory Test


The Theory Test comprises of 50 multiple choice questions, of which you need to obtain a minimum score of 43 correct answers (86%), in 57 minutes. After a 3 minute break you will then have 14 Hazard Perception videos, 13 of which contain one hazard and the other containing two hazards. Each hazard is worth a maximum of 5 points. You need to obtain a score of 44 points (from a possible 75).

Both of the above make up the Theory Test, and you must obtain the minimum pass marks for each part TOGETHER to have an overall pass.

When you pass the Theory Test you will be given a certificate containing your unique pass number. You must keep this safe as you will need this number and the date you passed to book your practical test.

The key to success is good preparation, studying the relevant books and practicing the hazard perception. You need to understand the theory of driving to be able to apply it correctly in your practical test. Here at Learn2Drive we provide FREE access to a theory training app to help you practice mock tests. You can try a free sample by clicking on the banner at the foot of this page.

The Practical Test

The Practical Test will last for approximately 40 minutes. During this time you will need to answer two ‘Show-Me-Tell-Me’ questions; one of which will be whilst moving, drive on a variety of different roads, carry out one reversing manoeuvre and possibly a controlled stop (emergency stop). You will also be asked to carry out an ‘Independent Drive’ for around 20 minutes. This could be either by following a route on a Satnav or using roadsigns for directions. You must commit no more than fifteen driving faults, none of which are allowed to be of a serious or dangerous nature in order to pass.

Most people worry about the test, however if you drive as you are taught, there is nothing to worry about. If you go off the independent driving route, your Examiner will help guide you back to the route. You are also able to ask the Examiner to confirm any part of the route, therefore a detailed knowledge of the area is not required.

The key to success is to prepare fully with a Qualified Driving Instructor, and practice your driving as much as possible. This includes private practice if you are fortunate enough to be able to do so (with a suitably qualified supervisor).

You should take your Practical Test when your Driving Instructor says that you are ready and not before. Driving is a LIFE SKILL and short cuts should never be taken when learning to drive.

Below are some links that you may find useful for both parts of the test. Please do ask us if you need any assistance in any way, we are always happy to help wherever possible.

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