Theory test

The theory test is in 2 parts: the questions and hazard perception.

You have to answer 50 questions and you’ll need to get 43 correct to pass.

A new part is being introduced in 2020. It involves you watching short video clips before answering a question on them. You can practise the new theory test here.

The real questions and answers used to be published but that was stopped because too many people were just memorising the answers without actually learning the meaning behind them.

Theory test help

You can practice your theory test with an official mock theory test from the DVSA.

When you’re ready to take the real test you can book your theory test by clicking here.

Hazard perception

Hazard perception is when you have to identify developing hazards in computer-generated video clips by clicking on a mouse button. You should click just as the hazard begins to develop. Once it has already happened then it’s too late.

Let’s look at an example. You see someone in the distance walking behind a parked car you click as they disappear from view. Once they reappear on the other side of the car and you have to slow down then it’s too late to click.

A developing hazard is one that builds in danger as you approach it and not something that is static. A road sign or a speed change is not a developing hazard because it doesn’t move.

You must pass both the theory and the hazard perception on the same test to get your theory certificate and number. Without that number, you won’t be able to book a practical test.

If you hold a full bike licence you won’t have to take the theory test because you have already passed the bike one.

Read my page on driving test advice to help you prepare for your practical test.