The theory test is made up of two parts; the multiple choice part and the hazard perception part. You need to pass both parts to pass the theory test. Once you have passed the theory test you can then apply to take your practical driving test
Taking your theory test
The multiple choice part is delivered using a touch screen computer and the hazard perception part records your responses through the use of a computer mouse button
If you pass one part and fail the other you’ll fail the whole test, and you’ll need to take both parts again
THE THEORY TEST
SHOW ME TELL ME
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My name is Liz Purchase. I have been a DVSA
Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) for over 10 years.
In that time I have had a wide variety of students
young and old, nervous and confident and all
at stages of ability.
I teach to meet the needs of the individual
and I can also give assistance with
the Theory and Hazard Perception Test.
I currently teach in a Mini Cooper D.
My pupils find it comfortable, easy to drive
and it boosts their confidence.
I only ever have one pupil in the car at a time.
I currently cover lessons in and around the Plymouth area
Devonport, The Hoe, Millbridge,
Beacon Park, Ford, Keyham, North Prospect, Pennycross, Home Park
Efford, Hartley, Laira, Mannamead, Milehouse, Peverell, Higher Compton
Barbican, Lipson, Mount Gould,
Mutley, Prince Rock, St. Judes.
Crownhill, Ernesettle, Honicknowle, Whitleigh, St. Budeaux, Tamerton Foliot,
Derriford, Eggbuckland, Estover, Leigham, Roborough, Southway
Yealmpton, South Hams
I also cover other areas not listed here
so please give me a call to check my availability.
A question and several answer options will appear on screen and you have to select the correct answer to the question by touching the screen. Some questions may require more than one answer
For cars and motorcycles you’ll be asked 50 questions in 57 minutes and the pass mark is 43 out of 50
You can navigate between questions and ‘flag’ questions that you want to come back to later in the test. After the multiple choice part you can choose to have a break of up to three minutes before the hazard perception part starts
Part two - Hazard Perception
After the break you’ll then be shown a short video clip about how the hazard perception part works.
The hazard perception part is also delivered on a computer but you respond by clicking a button on the mouse. You’ll be presented with a series of 14 video clips which feature every day road scenes. In each clip there will be at least one developing hazard, but one of the clips will feature two developing hazards
To achieve a high score you’ll need to respond to the developing hazard during the early part of its development. The maximum you can score on each hazard is five
You won’t be able to review your answers to the hazard perception test; as on the road, you’ll only have one chance to respond to the developing hazard
The pass mark for the car and motorcycle hazard perception part of the theory test is 44 out of 75
At the end of the test
At the end of the hazard perception part of the theory test you’ll be invited to answer a number of customer survey questions. You don’t have to answer the questions if you don’t want to, and any information given is anonymous and confidential. The survey questions don’t affect the result of the test.
When you have finished the test you may leave the examination room. Once you have left the room, you’ll not be allowed to enter it again. You’ll then be given your result by the test centre staff
It is also highly recommended to use a Theory Test CD-Rom to improve your chance of passing.
The questions in each multiple choice test vary according to the category of vehicle you’re hoping to obtain a licence for i.e a motorcycle theory test will contain specific questions that don’t appear in any other test
For the hazard perception test there are no separate versions for different vehicles, each vehicle category takes the same test, however the pass mark is different for different categories of tests
Part one - Multiple Choice
Before the test starts you’ll be given instructions on how the test works
You can also choose to go through a practice session of the multiple choice questions to get used to the layout of the test. At the end of the practice session the real test will begin
- Show me how you would check that the direction indicators are working.
- Applying the indicators or hazard warning switch and check functioning of all indicators.
You may need to switch the ignition on, but don’t start the engine.
- Show me how you would check the brake lights are working on this car.
- Operate brake pedal, make use of reflections in windows, garage doors, etc, or ask someone to help, (may need to switch ignition on, prompt not to start engine).
- Show me how you would check that the power assisted steering is working.
- If the steering becomes heavy the system may not be working properly. Before starting a journey 2 simple checks can be made.
Gentle pressure on the steering wheel, maintained while the engine is started, should result in a slight but noticeable movement as the system begins to operate.
Alternatively turning the steering wheel just after moving off will give an immediate indication that the power assistance is functioning.
- Show me how you would check the parking brake (handbrake) for excessive wear.
- Apply footbrake firmly. Demonstrate by applying parking brake (handbrake) so that when it is fully applied it secures itself, and is not at the end of the working travel.
- Show me how you would check that the horn is working.
- Check is carried out by using control (turn on ignition if necessary).
- Show me how you would clean the windscreen using the windscreen washer and wipers.
- Operate control to wash and wipe windscreen (turn ignition on if necessary).
- Show me how you would switch on the rear fog lights, explain when you would use.
- Operate switch (turn on dipped headlights and ignition if necessary). Check warning light is on. Explain use.
- Show me how you switch your headlight from dipped to main beam and explain how you would know the main beam is on.
- Operate switch (with ignition or engine on if necessary), check with main beam warning light.
- Show me how you would set the demister controls to clear all the windows effectively.
- Set all relevant controls including fan, temperature air direction and source, and heated screen to clear windscreen and windows.
Engine does not have to be started for this demonstration.
- Tell me how you would check that the brakes are working before starting a journey.
- Brakes should not feel spongy or slack. Brakes should be tested as you set off. Vehicle should not pull to one side.
- Tell me how you make sure your head restraint is correctly adjusted so it provides the best protection in the event of a crash.
- The head restraint should be adjusted so the rigid part of the head restraint is at least as high as the eye or top of the ears, and as close to the back of the head as is comfortable.
Note: Some restraints might not be adjustable.
- Tell me how you would check that the headlights and tail lights are working (no need to exit vehicle).
- Operate switch (turn on ignition if necessary), then walk round vehicle. As this is a ‘tell me’ question, there’s no need to physically check the lights.
- Tell me how you would know if there was a problem with your anti-lock braking system.
- Warning light should illuminate if there is a fault with the anti-lock braking system.
- Tell me where you would find the information for the recommended tyre pressures for this car and how tyre pressures should be checked.
- Manufacturer’s guide, use a reliable pressure gauge, check and adjust pressures when tyres are cold, don’t forget spare tyre, remember to refit valve caps.
- Tell me how you would check the tyres to ensure that they have sufficient tread depth and that their general condition is safe to use on the road.
- No cuts and bulges, 1.6mm of tread depth across the central ¾ of the breadth of the tyre and around the entire outer circumference.
- Open the bonnet, identify where you would check the engine oil level and tell me how you would check that the engine has sufficient oil.
- Identify dipstick / oil level indicator, describe check of oil level against the minimum and maximum markers.
- Open the bonnet, identify where you would check the engine coolant level and tell me how you would check that the engine has the correct level.
- Identify the high and low level markings on header tank where fitted or radiator filler cap, and describe how to top up to correct level.
- Open the bonnet, identify where the brake fluid reservoir is and tell me how you would check that you have a safe level of hydraulic brake fluid.
- Identify reservoir, check level against high and low markings.
- Identify where the windscreen washer reservoir is and tell me how you would check the windscreen washer level.
- Identify reservoir and explain how to check level.
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