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How to pass Driving Theory Test

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The first step towards getting a full licence is to book a test appointment for your theory test exam. You need to book a test at a test centre nearest and most convenient to you. You can book the test either online, by phone, or by post.

 

Book your theory test

Theory test appointments can be booked, and, subject to three clear working days notice, can be changed and cancelled using the online booking service or by telephone.

You can also download an application form and apply by post. Before you can take your theory test you will need to make sure you have a valid provisional driving licence. You can apply for a provisional driving license from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA). The application form (form D1) can be obtained from your local Post Office. Once you have a valid provisional driving licence, you can book your theory test. Usually theory test candidates receive an appointment date within two weeks of their preferred date.

To book a test online and by phone you will need:
- A valid UK provisional driving licence
- A valid debit or credit card for payment (Visa, MasterCard, Delta, Visa Electron, Switch/Maestro and Solo cards are accepted)

To book a theory test by post you will need an application form. Application forms are available online or on request from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) booking line. Payment can be made by cheque or postal order, but cash payments are not accepted.

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Prepare for the Theory Test

The DVSA theory test consists of two parts.

The Multiple Choice Test

This section of the test is designed to test your understanding of the theory behind driving. The questions in each multiple choice test vary according to the category of the vehicle you are looking to obtain a licence for, i.e. a motorcycle driving test will contain specific questions that do not appear in any other category DVSA theory test.

A question and several answer options will appear on screen and you have to select the correct answer to the question by touching the screen. Some questions may require more than one answer. You can navigate between questions and 'flag' questions that you want to come back to later in the test.

The Hazard Perception Part

This section of the test is designed to test your awareness of potential hazards while driving. You will be presented with a series of 14 video clips, each about one minute long, which feature every day road scenes. In each clip there will be at least one developing hazard. You need to click the mouse when you see it. The videos feature various types of hazard, such as road conditions, vehicles, and pedestrians. The earlier you spot a hazard developing, the higher you score.

A developing hazard is something that you think you would have to react to as a driver.

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