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Test Descriptions


The Theory Test

The theory test is a 50-question multiple-choice test. To pass you must answer 43 or more questions correctly. Questions are chosen at random from a bank of over 1,000 questions.

The Hazard Perception Test

After your theory test you will watch a series of 14 one-minute video clips each showing potential hazards involving road conditions, pedestrians or other road users. There are 15 hazards to identify and you can score up to 5 points on each one depending on how quickly you identify them. You need to score 44 out of 75 to pass.

The Practical Test

You need to show you can drive competently and safely in all kinds of driving situations. You will be asked to do one of the four manoeuvres and possibly demonstrate an emergency stop. For about ten minutes during your test you will have to drive by either following a series of directions, following traffic signs, or a combination of both.You will also answer two vehicle safety check questions one 'show me' and one 'tell me'.To pass you will have to complete the test with no serious or dangerous faults and you must have 15 or fewer minor driving errors.

Theory session includes:

  • Driving concentration versus driving ability
  • Vehicle awareness & care
  • Driver attitude & behaviour
  • Speed management & space management
  • Driving knowledge & attitude assessment
  • Appreciating the basic legal framework that affects UK car drivers
  • Understanding the benefits of green driving

Following the theory session:

  • A practical guide to conducting a pre-driving vehicle check
  • Understanding the importance of conducting pre-driving checks
  • The pre-drive vehicle walk-around
  • Completing the driver cockpit drill and are you fit to drive check

The 'on-road' event:

  • Concentration on the public highway
  • A systematic way of dealing with hazards
  • Braking and slowing accurately 
  • Defensive driving techniques 
  • Expecting the unexpected & dealing with blind spots
  • Driving at speed — motorways
  • Driving out of town — extra urban routes
  • Driving in town — urban driving