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About the Theory Test

There are two parts to the UK Driving Test; the Theory Test and the Practical Test.

You must pass the Theory Test before you can book your practical test.

Theory Test

Before you can book a Practical Test, you must have passed a Theory Test & Hazard Perception Test.

Both of these tests must be passed on the same day, so if you fail one part you must re-take both parts.

It’s vital that you prepare well for the theory test…. there’s a lot to learn!

Spot On Driving makes revision easier for you.

All pupils are enrolled onto Theory Test Pro.

Theory Test Pro in partnership with Spot-On Driving School

This is the best online theory revision resource available, learners who use it are twice as likely to pass their theory test. Theory Test Pro has the entire Theory Test Question Bank for you to practice, as well as many Mock Tests.

There are questions on all of the following topics:

  • Accidents
  • Alertness
  • Attitude
  • Documents
  • Hazard Awareness
  • Motorway Rules
  • Other Types of Vehicles
  • Road and Traffic Signs
  • Rules of the Road
  • Safety Margins
  • Safety and your Vehicle/Motorcycle
  • Vehicle/Motorcycle Handling
  • Vehicle/Motorcycle Loading
  • Vulnerable Road Users

As well as Theory Questions, there’s loads of Hazard Perception clips to have a go at.

About the test

You’re given 57 minutes to answer 50 multiple choice questions.

Pass Mark: 43 / 50

The theory certificate lasts for 2 years, you must pass your Practical Test within this time or you will have to re-take your theory test.

Hazard Perception Test

A hazard is anything that may cause a driver to stop, swerve or slow down.

This test is about spotting hazards in good time and clicking the mouse when you see it, and again when you notice it developing into an actual hazard.

There is a scoring window for each clip. You can score between 1 and 5 if you click within the window. You will score 0 if you click outside of the window.

Example:

You notice a young person on a bicycle quickly approaching a junction ahead on your left.

You click the mouse as you spot it because you think it might pull out in front of you.

It is not yet an actual hazard though.

The bike does pull out in front of your car causing you to slow down.

It is now an actual hazard so you double click the mouse this time.
It may be worth one extra click when you have had to take action to be sure you have clicked within the scoring window – so 4 clicks in total for the actual hazard.

Your instructor will give you helpful tips on how to pass this test. There are loads of clips to practice on Theory Test Pro.

Spot On Driving also has Hazard Perception DVDs for you to borrow.

About The Test

You will watch 14 short film clips, one after the other.

Clips are all about 1 minute long.

14 clips have one hazard that you are expected to spot and 1 clip will have 2 hazards.

You can click many times, but if a pattern is detected then you will fail that clip.

Pass Mark: 44 / 75

Your progress on Theory Test Pro is monitored and encouraging messages will be sent occasionally.