An overview of the Theory Test

What does the Driving Theory Test involve?

Before you can take your practical driving test you'll need to take your theory test. This consists of two sections; a series of multiple choice questions and a hazard perception session, on a PC. More than a third of the candidates who take their theory test fail to pass first time. Try to make sure you're not one of them, but if you are don't worry, there is no limit on how many times you can take a Theory Test, just keep in mind that the test costs £23. Also take into account the waiting times for the Theory Test could be a few weeks depending on what test centre you are using. 

You'll need to pass both the multiple choice and Hazard Perception parts of the test at the same session to pass your theory test.

How old do you need to be to take a theory test?

As long as you have a provisional licence you can book a Theory Test. So the minimum would be 17 years old, unless you receive mobility benefit which can be at 16.

Can I take my Theory Test before starting Driving Lessons?

Yes you can, there is no requirement to take any lessons before, however having some driving lessons under your belt will stand you in good stead for the Hazard Perception and help you build your knowledge around the Highway Code elements like Road Signs. That being said, you don't want to leave the Theory Test until it's late in your journey as even if you pass first time, there could be a lengthy wait for a Practical Test and therefore mean more expense on Driving Lessons to keep up to test standard.

How many times can you take the theory test?

Unlimited, just watch those costs. Also if you're learning to drive already, any delay could mean you need more lessons to keep up to test standard as you approach the Practical Test. If you fail the theory test, you can book another slot from the next day, but you'll have to wait at least three working days before you can actually take the test.

How long is the Theory Test pass valid for?

Your pass is valid for two years, during which time you'll need to pass your practical test. 

How quickly can you take your Practical Test and you pass your Theory Test?

Most test centres have a waiting list for Practical Tests, so you're realistically looking at 4-6 weeks, however this can be much longer during busy times in busy areas. You can also keep an eye out for cancellations, but the most important thing is to work with your Driving Instructor to make sure you're booking the Practical Test for when you both think you'll be ready for it.

How many times can you click on the hazard perception test?

There's an urban legend about how often you should click on each Hazard Perception clip. We've all heard stories of someone clicking every x seconds, but let's face it, the Hazard Perception test is there to help you prepare for the dangers and everyday things you'll come across when you pass your test. Our advise is to grab some study materials and work through some practice runs. Driving Lessons are also perfect practice as the Hazard Perception test is essentially a recreation of a real world driving situation. 

To prepare yourself as thoroughly as possible for your test, you'll need to stock up on some theory test aids.

See our hints & tips on how to pass your Theory Test