Make sure that you are prepared as much as possible before you sit this examination. You will only be able to take your practical driving test once you have passed your theory test. Arrive at the test centre at least 15 minutes before the test begins as arriving late once the test has started will mean you won’t be allowed to sit the exam and you will lose the examination fee.
The theory test consists of 35 multiple choice questions and is then followed by a hazard perception test. You will need to pass both parts of the theory test in order to obrain your theory test pass certificate.
To begin with you are given the choice of a practice session for 15 minutes. This practice score will not effect your final result. When you have finished, the test will begin. 30 questions or more need to be answered correctly out of a possible 35 in order to pass the multiple choice phase of the theory test. The time for this part of the test is 40 minutes.
After a 3 minute break, and after a short tutorial video, the hazard perception part of the test begins. You will be shown 14 video clips each roughly 1 minute long. The video clips will show and test your awareness of different hazards. Some of these hazards develop over time and are hazards that would require a driver to change speed or direction. When you have spotted a hazard developing you will need to respond by clicking the mouse. You should click the mouse when you think it is time for the driver to change speed or change direction. The sooner you respond the higher your score will be out of 5. Note that 1 clip will have 2 hazards so always be alert. Candidates must not click the mouse repeatedly as a message will come up on the screen causing you to score 0 out of 5 for that clip. The pass mark is 44 out of 75. When you have finished your theory test you will be escorted back to the waiting room where you will receive you results.