Your Driving Test
The theory test is made up of two parts; which have to be
taken together and both parts passed to be successful.
the Theory test, consists of 50 multiple choice questions on all aspects of
the highway code. These are answered by using a touch screen computer and
mouse. To pass you must get at least 43 questions correct.
the Hazard Perception test, consists of 14 video clips, each lasting about
one minute, which put you in the position of driver and present you with
various hazards. These may be road conditions, vehicles, pedestrians or
obstacles which cause you to alter speed. You respond by pressing a mouse
button as soon as you see a hazard developing. The earlier you spot the
developing hazard, the higher you score.
There is one hazard each on 13 clips, 2 hazards on the other
clip, which could be in any order. Each hazard carries 5 points. To pass, you
must score at least 44 points out of 75.
You can book your theory test :
I can offer you online help so you can practice questions and
hazard perception until you are confident. When I see you I can tell you more
about the online help.
Pupils are usually ready to take the practical test after 30
or 40 hours of tuition, preferably with plenty of private practice once the
basic skills have been mastered. The secret of a first-time pass is to be
well prepared and to have plenty of practice.
To have the best chance of passing, wait until you are ready.
I have the experience to be able to tell you when that is, and when the time
comes I can book your practical test for you, online, at www.dsa.gov.uk, or by calling 0300 200 1155,
as for the theory test.
The practical test will last approximately 40 minutes from
start to finish, actual driving time being 30 to 35 minutes, around various
road conditions with speeds of up to 70mph.
You will be asked to carry out one of the following
- Reverse around a corner
- Turn in the road
- Reverse park, either into a parking bay or behind a
You will be asked to do some independent driving as the
examiner will ask you to do two phases of which one may be to simply follow
the signs to Aldershot for five minutes or so then ask you to follow a
diagram of instructions however donít worry itís not a memory test, if you
forget you can just ask for confirmation.
You may also be asked to do a controlled stop, but this does
not happen in every test ( approx. 1 in 3 )
You will need to be able to read a number plate at 20.5
metres (67 feet), or 20 metres (66 feet) for number plates from 2001. It is
acceptable to use glasses or contact lenses.
There will also be two questions on the mechanical nature of
the vehicle. These will start with the words "show me", or