Theory test details, advice and how to practice for yours

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Theory test

Theory test

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

The theory test now includes 50 questions out of which you’ll need to get 43 correct.

Some of the questions come in the form of case studies. In these you will be asked 5 questions based upon a story. For example you may read that while driving you came across an accident that had closed the road. You’ll be asked what you should do before turning, how to warn other road users etc.


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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 beings to happen. 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 as with the previous example. A road sign or a a speed change is not a developing hazard because it doesn’t move.

You can practice this yourself by buying a DVD from anywhere like PC World, Amazon or borrowing them from a library.

You must pass both the theory and the hazard perception on the same test to get your theory certificate and number. Without these you cannot book a practical test. If you hold a full bike licence you won’t have to take the theory test.


Theory test pass rates

The pass rate for the theory test is around 51%. It’s quite unusual to fail it so long as you prepare properly by practising using DVD’s, apps etc.



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