The Theory Test
The Theory Test is the first hurdle you face on your way to passing your Driving Test. You must pass your Theory Test before applying for your Practical Test.
The cost of the Theory Test is currently £23.00, and is in two parts. The first part is randomly selected multiple choice questions, of which you have to achieve 43 correct responses out of a total of 50. The questions are then followed by the Hazard Perception Test, which involves a series of video clips. Within each video clip you will be asked to identify hazards that develop by clicking on a ‘mouse’. There are 14 video clips and 15 developing hazards to identify (1 of the clips contains 2 developing hazards). With each hazard you can score a maximum of 5 points depending on how quick you are to respond to the developing hazard. On this part of the exam you must achieve a score of 44 out of a possible 75.
Both parts of the Test must be passed at the same time. If you fail one part, you will have to take both parts again. To succeed you must be fully prepared.
The Practical Test
The cost of the Practical Test is currently £62.
The Practical Test is designed to see if you can drive safely in different road and traffic conditions, and that you understand the Highway Code and can demonstrate this through your driving.
Firstly, you will be asked to read a number plate on a stationary vehicle from 20 metres on a new-style number plate.
Next the examiner will ask you a "tell me" question about vehicle safety checks.
Then the driving part of your test will begin. You will be examined on your general driving and ability to reverse your vehicle safety. You will be asked to complete 1 reverse manoeuvre from the following:
- Pulling up on the right, reversing approximately 2 car lengths and rejoining the traffic
- Driving into, and then reversing out of a parking bay
- Reverse parking into a parking bay
- Parallel parking at the side of the road
You will also be asked to complete approximately twenty minutes of independent driving following a Sat Nav. One in 5 tests won't be asked to follow a Sat Nav, but will be asked instead to follow traffic signs. This is designed to test your ability to drive unsupervised and make safe decisions without guidance. You may also be asked to carry out an emergency stop. During the test, you will be asked to answer a "show me" question whilst driving.
To succeed in your Practical Test, you need to receive less than 15 driving faults from your examiner. If you record a serious or dangerous fault, then the result will be recorded as a fail.
To succeed both the Theory and Practical Tests, you must be fully prepared. We suggest the following publications as an aid to study:
- The Official Highway Code
- Know your Traffic Signs
- The Official DSA Guide to Learning to Drive
- The Official DSA Guide to Driving the Essential Skills
- Driving Test Success – Theory and Hazard Perception Test DVD
- Driving Test Success app for Apple or Android
Mason School of Motoring can provide further assistance or advice if needed.
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