Before you jump into taking our theory test we thought it would be helpful to run down what to expect when you take your actual theory test.
What’s on the theory test?
- Multiple choice – a 57 minute test, consisting of 50 questions that are made up of rules, regulations and advice provided in the Highway Code.
- Hazard perception – 14 video clips of everyday road scenes, each with at least one developing hazard. One clip has two developing hazards. The test taker must point out whenever they spot a potential hazard on screen.
Now the test!
If you fail to bring any of the required documentation you will not be permitted to take your test and will not be refunded. So take the time to look over exactly what is required on the GOV website.
Theory test – before booking
- You can take your theory test on or after your 17th birthday
- You must have a provisional licence
- You will need to pass your theory before you can take your practical
- You will not need to take another theory test if you are upgrading your licence to be able to drive a manual vehicle or if you have a category B1 licence for (3 or 4-wheeled light vehicles)
- You book, cancel and reschedule any theory test bookings online. Beware external sites offering to book for you as they will charge a premium for the privilege
Theory test – what to bring
- Bring your UK provisional licence (people with Northern Irish licences should bring their photo card and paper counterpart licence).
- If you’ve lost your licence, you will need to apply for a replacement. Keep in mind this can take up to 15 days and you should re-book the test if it doesn’t arrive before your test date.
- If you still use a valid paper licence please bring your passport.
- No bags or belongings can be brought into the testing area, so avoid bringing any valuables you would not like to get lost or stolen.
You’ll know straight away whether you’ve passed as you receive your test score at the end of the test, at the test centre.
You will need 43 out of 50 to pass the multiple choice section. You will also need 44 out of a potential 75 points to pass your hazard perception test. You must pass both sections to have successfully passed your theory test.
Once you’ve passed you theory test, you will now be eligible to take your driving practical test. However, you must take and pass your practical within 2 years of passing your theory test, otherwise you have to resit your theory test again to take further practical attempts.