Theory Test

Theory Test in Glossop

Rob and Louise's top tips for passing the theory test .

The theory test is a computer based test and consists of two parts. Multiple choice and Hazard Perception.
You must pass both sections at the same time to pass.
If you fail one section you will have to take the whole test again and you must pass the theory test before you can book your driving test.

Do your homework.

1. Read the Highway Code, buy, borrow or download the app of up to date CD, Driving Test Success which should include theory and hazard perception.
2.Take a minimum of 8 one hour driving lessons with Rob or Louise before attempting the theory test so you are familiar with being on the road and can apply what you are learning to practical situations and can recognise hazards.

The multiple choice test.

The pass mark is 43 out of 50 and the time allowed to complete the test is 57 minutes. Some questions may ask for more than one answer.
1. Read carefully - don't skip words, jump to conclusions or assume the question says something it doesn't.
2. Answer all questions you can first - flag those you are unsure of and go back to them later.
3. Points to help choose the correct answer.
i ) Check if one or two answers are required.
ii ) One answer correct under all circumstances.
     Two answers correct under all circumstances etc . No catches.
iii ) As with all exams, if you have any spare time at the end, - re-check all questions.
The first time pass rate is around the 45% mark so practice, practice, practice.
Take a break before the second part of the test. You are allowed this time and it gives you time to refocus.

Hazard perception.

The pass mark is 44 out of 75.
There are 15 scorable hazards -13 clips containing one scorable hazard and one clip containing two scorable hazards. The earlier you identify the hazard the higher the score; scores range from 5,4,3,2,1.

Anything that could cause a driver to reduce speed, swerve or stop is a hazard. The hazard perception test is only concerned with developing hazards, e.g. a pedestrian about to cross the road, a car emerging from a junction on the left or right, a parked car getting ready to pull out, a vehicle turning right across traffic, a green traffic light that changes as you approach, roadworks. Also look for motorcyclists, bikes or pedestrians looking over their shoulder with intentions of crossing or moving out.
Click your mouse as soon as you spot the hazard.

Try to think of the test realistically, i.e. click your mouse = cover your brake, hazard develops further you would start to brake (click mouse).
To achieve a high score you must press for all hazards whether pedestrians or vehicular.
Click when you see a hazard, click again if the hazard develop i.e double click.
You should be ok with several clicks per hazard as long as you don't click rhythmically. Making several clicks per hazard is important because even if the first one is too early the others should be noted in the scoring window.

Practice, practice, practice, don't take your test until you are passing every time.