Theory test practice: how to prepare effectively

There are no short cuts when it comes to the theory test. To pass first time, you’ll need to put in the work. Getting in plenty of theory test practice will give you the best chance of making the grade.

There are two parts to the theory test. The multiple choice element has 50 questions, while the hazard perception test includes 14 video clips. It’s a smart idea to practice both as you prepare for the theory test.

Practice for the multiple choice test

You can practise the multiple choice part of the theory test for free on the DVSA’s website, Safe Driving for Life. The test can be done using ‘practice view’ which is designed to work on most PCs and tablets, or ‘test view’ which looks more like the screens used in the theory test centre.

The practice theory test is useful, but it’s not a substitute for reading The Highway Code and the DVSA’s other learning aids. There are lots of great revision apps from the likes of Driving Test Success too.

Practice for the hazard perception test

You can practise the hazard perception part of the theory test on Safe Driving for Life as well as the multiple choice questions. There are three free videos available online. These will help you get the hang of spotting a hazard quickly, which is really important if you want to pass the hazard perception test.

There are lots of unofficial hazard perception videos as well as those you can find on Safe Driving for Life. These are all good practice for the real thing.

Don’t forget, spotting hazards isn’t just a skill you learn for the test. It’s a big part of safe driving on the road! So talk to your instructor about how to practise hazard perception during your lessons.

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