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How to Prepare for the Driving Theory Test Online
The driving theory test comes in two parts — a multiple choice test and a hazard perception test. You must take the test at the Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA)  Test Centre, and you must complete both sections during the same session (unless you are taking the theory test for an LGV / PCV licence - lorries and buses). If you fail either part, you must re-sit the entire test.

As of December 2012, the test costs £31. You can't get a full driving licence without it and you don't want to waste time and money by sitting the test more than once. The better you prepare, the more likely you are to pass first time. In this article, we'll look at the best way to prepare for both parts of the test.

Preparing for the Theory Test Online

The DVSA theory test consists of a series of multiple choice questions (some of which require more than one answer). The test must be completed in 57 minutes and you cannot take anything in to help you. To pass, you have to score 43 / 50 (car and motorcycle), so you can't afford to get many wrong.

When preparing for your theory test, the first thing you should do is take a mock theory test online. This will achieve two things — 1) you will get an idea what the real theory test questions are like, and 2) you will get a benchmark for where you are right now. At  http://1driver.co.uk, we have a comprehensive bank of sample DVSA theory test questions, which you can use for theory practice.

You will find that these questions cover all aspects of the Highway Code. There will also be questions on road signs and various driving related scenarios.

Once you have completed a mock theory test online, you can review your answers, correct and incorrect. While 1DRIVER.co.uk have the official revision theory test questions supplied by the DVSA, as of 23rd of January 2012, the DVSA stopped releasing the questions exactly as they appear in the theory test. Therefore, memorising the answers will not guarantee a pass, as the questions in your actual test will be slightly different. It is far more important that you understand why an answer is right (or wrong), especially as some of the questions ask you to choose an explanation rather than a simple answer.

Now that you have taken a test, you'll have some idea of where the pot-holes in your knowledge are. Once upon a time, you would have to hit the books to fill in these holes, but there is now plenty of theory online. At http://1driver.co.uk, we have organised this information to make studying more efficient for you. You will find individual lessons on all of the topics covered in the theory test.

Of course, you don't have to get all your theory online. Carrying a copy of the Highway Code around with you will help you test your knowledge while you're out and about. You could also practice with your driving instructor and ask for explanations about what you should do in different driving scenarios. Try to take in information in as many different ways and situations as you can.

Make sure you take another theory test online whenever you feel comfortable with a topic. This is a good way to measure your progress. Like before, check your answers and make sure you can explain why you answered the way that you did. When you can confidently answer the theory test questions without much thought, you know you're ready.

Preparing for the Hazard Perception Test Online

The DVSA Hazard Perception Test is a different beast entirely. You will watch 14 short video clips, each showing at least one developing hazard (one of the clips shows two developing hazards, so pay attention). You will score between 0 and 5, based on how quickly you identify the correct hazard. You will be penalised if you click too many times or with a regular pattern, so be careful when you click. However, don't be afraid to click, if you see a hazard and that hazard then develops, click for both scenarios. To pass the official Hazard Perception Test, you must score at least 44 / 75.

When preparing for this test, your first move should be to take a mock Hazard Perception Test online. Just like theory practice, this will help to familiarise yourself with the test. It will give you an idea of how far you are from the pass mark. You can take a mock Hazard Perception Test online at 1driver.co.uk, where you will also find sample clips and a tutorial clip from a DVSA Test Centre.

Once you have a baseline score, there are a couple of things you can do to improve. The important thing is to be able to recognise the clues that a hazard is "developing" (i.e. that it is about to cause an inconvenience). Hazards come in many shapes and sizes, from pedestrians to the surface of the road, and it is crucial that you learn to spot them.
You can do this by using the sample clips at  1driver.co.uk, but it is just as important to develop your hazard awareness in real life situations. You can talk about this with your driving instructor, and could try playing "spot the hazard" while in the car with friends.

You should develop your understanding of hazards. Try to take another mock Hazard Perception Test online after driving lessons or when you have been in the car with someone. When you are routinely scoring over 44 / 75, you can book your theory test.

Final Preparation

There are three main things to remember on the day of your theory test:

1) You must take both parts of your driving licence (photocard and paper counterpart) with you to the DVSA Test Centre. They won't accept other forms of ID and you will still be charged if you forget both parts of your licence. (If you have an old licence, without a photocard, you should also take your passport.)

2) You cannot take any personal items into the testing room, so make sure you empty your pockets into the lockers provided. You will be asked to leave and will fail the test if you are found with any phones, books, or notes, so don't take the risk.

3) Try to stay calm and remember what you have learned.
With a little practice, you should be able to fly through these tests. Good luck!

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