The UK Driving Theory Test is your first step on the route to becoming a new driver. The UK Driving Theory Test consists of two parts which tests your understanding on the rules of the road in a number of sections including
The test for new drivers consists of two parts and both must be passed before you can take your Practical Test. If you fail one part you will have failed the test, you will then have to retake both parts again at your next attempt. Your test certificate is valid for two years and you must pass your practical test within this time frame or you will need to retake the test.
Multiple Choice Test
This part of the theory test is performed on a touch screen computer system. When you enter the room you will be assigned a booth and questions will be displayed on the Visual Display in front of you. The test has 50 multiple choice questions and you must answer at least 43 of them correctly to pass. Each question may have more than one answer and this will be indicated in the question. The system will also alert you if you have not answered a question in full. All questions are randomly selected from a bank of thousands on a selection of topics.
You have 40 minutes (Candidates with special needs can apply for more time) to answer all 50 questions. You are allowed 15 minutes Practice time at the start of the exam to get used to answering the questions and how to use the system. To answer a question you simply touch your choice of answer from the listed answers on the computer screen. If you make a mistake you can deselect a choice and reselect a different option. You are allowed to go back to a question at any time and you can also flag questions you are unsure of to allow easier reference if you choose to come back to it later.
Hazard Perception Test
The Hazard Perception element of the exam was introduced in November 2002 and the pass mark was subsequently increased in July 2003. This part of the test is taken after the Multiple Choice part and you are allowed a break of 3 minutes between the two parts. For this part of the test you will use a computer mouse and you will be shown a short tutorial before the test starts.
The Hazard Perception test contains a series of 14 clips lasting about 1 minute each. Every video features a real road clips and their are a total of 15 scoreable hazards. 13 of the videos will contain one hazard and the other 2 will contain two. Once you see a hazard you must click the left and right mouse button you will not gain any points for clicking outside the scoring window and you wont lose points for clicking more than once and your highest mark for each question is recoded. The earlier you spot the hazard the higher your score ranked on a scale from 1 to 5.
You must score at least 44 out of a maximum of 75 points to pass this element of the test. Each video will be displayed only once and you cannot retake any of them.