Theory Test

Your Theory Test

Recommendation for getting ready for ‘Your Theory Test’

The theory test is a computer-based test and consists of two parts: multiple choice and hazard perception. You must pass both sections at the same time. If you fail one section, you will have to take the whole test again. You must pass the theory test before you are allowed to book your driving test

You Need To Practice
I recommend using The 5 ‘SmartDriving’ applications which can be downloaded for free, you will need to register a user name and password,

1) Theory and HPT
2) 3D lessons
3) Know Your Traffic Signs
4) Highway Code
5) Road Signs

You can also purchase the DVSA CD disk in shops or online.
I believe taking at least 10 driving lessons with an instructor before attempting the theory test so you are familiar with being on the road and can apply what you are learning to practical situations and can identify potential hazards.

SmartDriving Apps

The Multiple Choice Test

The pass mark is 43 out of 50 and the time allowed to complete the test is 57 minutes. Some questions may ask for two or more correct answers from a selection of four.

Read every question very carefully. Read every answer very carefully, Then do it again, Don’t skip words, don't jump to conclusions and don't assume the question says something it doesn’t, answer those questions that you can do easily. Flag the ones you are not sure about, and then go back to the flagged questions. Often, other questions will help you remember the correct answer.

Adopt the following criteria to help you choose the correct answer:

Two answers will be a distraction or a red herring.
One answer could be correct under some circumstances.
One answer will be correct under all circumstances. (If two correct answers are required then two questions will be correct under all circumstances).

Answer all the questions.
You should have ten minutes or so to spare at the end of the exam. Use this time to re-read your questions and answers - you may spot errors you have made.

Take a three minute break before attempting the next part of the examination. You are allowed this break and you need this time to focus your mind for the next task.

The Hazard Perception Test

The pass mark is 44 out of 75. There are 15 scorable hazards - 13 clips containing one scorable hazard and one clips contains two. You can score up to 5 marks for each hazard depending on how quickly you identify it.

You are looking for anything that could cause a driver to reduce speed, swerve or stop, it is a hazard. The HPT is only concerned with developing hazards, e.g. a pedestrian about to cross the road, a car emerging from a junction on the left, a parked car getting ready to pull out, a van turning right across traffic, a green traffic light that changes as you approach it, roadworks.

Click your mouse button as soon as you spot the hazard.
To achieve a high score you must press for all hazards you spot and any time something moves, should it be a vehicle or pedestrian.

You should be OK with several clicks per hazard as long as you don't click rhythmically. Making several clicks per hazard is important, because even if the first one is "too early"?, the others will be noted within the "scoring window".

Don't overanalyse the clip, just click if you see any hazards and then click again but don't click keep clicking. Some drivers tend to see the hazard in advance and click before the official "scoring window"? opens, which means nothing is scored. That is why I recommend two clicks per hazard

Practice, practice, practice.

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