A Learner’s Guide to the Theory Test

Essentially there are two steps to becoming a qualified driver. Firstly off you’ll need to pass a theory test, and then you can move on to the practical test. The theory test itself consists of two components, a multiple choice section and a hazard perception section.

Multiple Choice Section

The theory test is taken at a special centre, there are lots of these located all around the UK. At the centre, you’ll be seated at a computer and then you’ll be prompted with on screen instructions about how to complete the test.

Basically, multiple choice questions will appear on screen along with several possible answers. For some questions you may need to choose more than one answer. Some of the questions will be in the form of a case study, a bit like a comprehension test, where you’ll read a short story or case and answer a few questions pertaining to this.

To pass the multiple choice section you need to score at least 43 out of 50, and you have 57 minutes to do so.

Hazard Perception Section

The next section is called the hazard perception test. Again, you’ll be prompted on screen as to how to complete this test. It differs from the multiple choice section and is more visual.  The questions take the form of videos, in which hazards may start to develop.

To answer the hazard perception test you need to mouse-click as soon as hazards begin to develop. To pass this part of the test you need to score at least 44 out of 75.

Whether you’re taking driving lessons in Croydon or driving lessons in Wandsworth, preparation for the theory test is a key part of learning to drive.