Driving Theory Test

Free Driving Theory Test

You have 57 minutes to answer 50 multiple choice driving theory test questions. You need to answer at least 43 out of 50 questions correctly to pass. You can review your answer after each question or you can review all of your answers at the end of the test. Best of luck!

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About the Driving Theory Test

Introduced in 1996, the driving theory test is designed to ensure that driver knowledge about road awareness and safety is comprehensive and isn’t restricted to purely how to practically drive a car. A new element of the theory test that was brought in in 2001 is the hazard perception test, which is a video-based test designed to examine your ability to detect hazards on the road. It is essential to pass your theory test before taking the practical test.

Preparing for your theory test goes hand in hand with learning to drive, and it will help you improve your practical skills if you revise and learn your driving theory concurrently alongside your driving lessons.

In order to gain your driving theory test certificate, you are required to pass both aspects of the test – the theory test questions and hazard perception section. If you fail either of these, it is necessary to take the whole test again – so preparation is key.

What Topics are Covered in the Theory Test?

The driving theory test questions are based on information from three books: The Highway Code, Driving – the Essential Skills and Know Your Traffic Signs.

The topics covered in the theory test are as follows:

  • Alertness
  • Attitude
  • Safety and your vehicles
  • Safety margins
  • Hazard awareness
  • Vulnerable road users
  • Other types of vehicle
  • Road conditions and vehicle handling
  • Motorway driving
  • Rules of the road
  • Road and traffic signs
  • Essential Documents
  • Incidents, accidents, and emergencies
  • Vehicle loading.

Make sure you read about each of these topics individually. Try to gain firm background knowledge in these areas before attempting to tackle some practice questions. It is important that your preparation allows you to learn in detail about these topics, rather than simply trying to memorise the questions. Knowing and understanding driving theory in detail is essential for any safe driver.

While it might be tempting to attempt to pass your driving theory test before starting your driving lessons, this will inhibit your learning as some of the questions in the test are related to practical driving skills, so make sure you are developing your practical skills alongside learning your theory.

Driving Theory Test FAQs

How do I book the driving theory test?

Driving theory tests take place within DVSA test centres and you will need to book ahead to get a slot to take your test. You can do so online.

How much does the driving theory test cost?

The cost of the test in the UK for car drivers is £23.

What is the format of the driving theory test?

Once you are settled and ready for your test you will be given comprehensive instructions about the test, and have the opportunity to run through a practice version of the multiple-choice questions. You will then have a total of 57 minutes to complete the theory section which consists of 50 multiple-choice questions (including three questions based on a video clip). The questions will appear on the screen one at a time with four possible answers. It is a touch-screen system so simply press your selected answer on the screen.

What are the case study questions?

There are five case study questions in the theory section which are designed to test you on your ability to respond effectively to a real-life driving situation, so that you know how to apply your theory knowledge when you are driving. The questions can be on a range of driving situations so make sure you are thinking through your theory knowledge during your driving lessons.

Take a free mock theory test case study.

As of 28 September 2020, case study questions will no longer appear in the driving theory test. These have been replaced by three questions relating to a video clip that will be shown during the test.

Can I go back to any questions I haven’t answered?

Yes, you can, as long as you still have time left within the designated 57 minutes. If you have missed any questions the computer will prompt you to return to them. As you progress through the test you can ‘flag’ any questions you want to re-visit and by clicking the ‘review’ button, all of these flagged questions will be highlighted. If you have time at the end of the test it’s a good idea to check through your answers before finishing.

What is the pass mark for the Driving Theory Test?

Currently, the pass mark is 43. This is the same pass mark as the motorcycle theory test.

What to Expect in the Hazard Perception Test

Once you have completed the multiple-choice theory section of the test you will be given the option of a short break – it’s worth making the most of this to give your brain and eyes a rest. When you are ready to begin you will be given a set of instructions on how the video-based Hazard Perception Test works as well as the chance to practice using the click-based system. It is a good idea to make the most of this practice run to make sure you are comfortable with how to identify the oncoming hazards.

You will be required to view 14 video clips from the perspective of the driver which run through various scenarios that involve other vehicles as well as pedestrians. Keep your eyes peeled for developing hazards as the test is assessing your ability to notice potential dangers and respond to them in good time.

The aim is to click your mouse as soon as you see the hazard developing, and you will score more points the sooner you click. The maximum score for each video is five points. This decreases the the longer you take to respond. You will score no marks if you miss the hazard completely. Make sure you stay alert after identifying one developing hazard in a video clip as one of the videos in your test will contain two hazards. The pass mark is 44 out of 75.

The system is designed to notice if someone is systematically clicking throughout the video clip, so make sure you’re not clicking consistently or you may be penalised and score zero for that particular video clip. It is important to note also that once you have finished each video you can’t revisit the clip.