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We will show you the best methods and products to help you revise for and pass your theory test, plus our how to pass theory test tips. With our expert help, you really can pass your theory test the first time!
Date updated: 14th January 2017
About the UK Theory Test.
You must pass the UK theory and hazard perception tests before you can apply for your UK practical driving test. So passing your theory test in good time will mean that you can apply for your practical driving test when you are ready. Rather than needing to delay applying because you have not passed the theory test.
A question we are often asked is should the learner driver take and pass theory test prior to starting driving lessons? Well, this depends on a number of factors, such as whether you will be learning over a period of time or taking an intensive driving course. Ideally, i would suggest starting driving lessons and then take and with our help and advice pass your DVSA theory test. By revising for your theory test while taking lessons you will be better able to understand many of the subjects. The result is you will be more likely to pass your theory test first time.
Official DVSA Theory Test pass rates.
Changes to the dvsa UK theory test since its inception in 1996 have led to pass rates falling according to new official figures.
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2007-08 65.4% 2008-09 65.4%. 2009-10. 63.8%
2010-11. 63.1% 2011-12 60.8%. 2012-13. 59.1%
2012-13 59.1% 2013-14 51.6%
The Theory Test Explained.
The UK theory test is designed to test the learner’s knowledge across a variety of driving-related topics. The theory test comprises 50 multiple choice questions and you must achieve a pass mark of 43 or above, within the 57 minutes available for you to complete and hopefully, pass the theory test.
How To Pass Theory Test Tip:
Make sure you take your driving licence with you when you go for your theory test. If you don’t have your licence you won’t be allowed to take your theory test and you will lose your £23.00 test fee!
There are 14 topics that the test questions are taken from these are: Alertness, Attitude, Documents, Hazard awareness, Incidents, Motorway rules, Other types of vehicle, Road and traffic signs, Rules of the road, Safety and you vehicle, Safety margins, Vehicle handling, Vehicle loading, Vulnerable road users. In total, there are around 1000 questions.
However, the good news is if you learn one fact or figure this will often mean you can answer numerous question using that one fact!
There is a good mix of questions including facts and figures, plus more common sense questions and photos/pictures of different situations or signs etc.
If you study using the excellent products below you should have no problems.
The UK Hazard Perception Test Explained.
The hazard perception section of the theory test uses 14 video clips, 13 of which have 1 developing hazard and 1 video clip has 2 developing hazards. You score points by clicking the mouse button when you see a developing hazard. If you judge when to click correctly you will score 5 points per clip, down to 1 point if you click a bit late. Click too early or too late and you score nothing! The pass mark (2016) is 44 out of a possible 75 marks.
The main problem tends not to be seeing the hazard, rather judging when to click for the developing hazard and understanding what is a developing hazard.
When is a hazard a developing hazard?
This is a very commonly asked question. The simplest way to think about the difference between a hazard and a developing hazard is a developing hazard is a hazard that if you were driving you would need to take action to avoid. By taking action we are looking at changing speed or possibly our position on the road. A hazard, on the other hand, is a situation that we need to see and consider but at the time is not requiring you to take any immediate action to avoid (even if in practice you may slow etc in case the hazard starts to develop).
How To Pass Theory Test Tip:
Be ready the developing hazards are often at or very near the beginning of the clip. If you are not ready you may miss or be late clicking for the hazard, losing you points.
Book your theory test.
When booking your theory test we would strongly suggest only using the official website. Click here to book your Theory Test through the official site.
Need help with the UK Theory Test?
The DVSA offers assistance for various different needs, such as hearing or reading difficulties.
Someone who is deaf or has hearing difficulties can take the theory test in British sign language.
British sign language interpretation runs alongside the standard theory test questions and answers.
For anyone who does not use British sign language, an interpreter can accompany them to the theory test centre. Please note this needs to be arranged in advance through the theory test customer services section.
There is no extra fee from the DVSA for this.
Candidates who have dyslexia or other reading difficulties can ask for a voice over in English or Welsh .
You can also make a request to have more time for the multiple-choice section of the theory test. If you do need more time, you will need to send proof of your reading difficulty to the theory test booking customer services.
If you have any other special needs, please contact the DVSA to discuss them prior to booking your theory test.
Telephone: 0300 200 1122 (English), 0300 200 1133 (Welsh)
Textphone: 0300 200 1166
Opening hours Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm.
How to pass the Theory Test.
Revising for the UK Theory Test.
Stop are you ready for your theory test? I know we would all like to just turn up and pass the theory test without needing to revise. Unfortunately, if you want to pass your theory test you really will need to revise properly.
There are a huge number of books and DVDs. We have only included what we believe are the very best theory test books and Dvd’s available and importantly our learners have told us have worked best for them.
Want to take a practice theory test to see what you know? Then click here to take a free practice online.
How To Pass Theory Test Tip:
When revising for your theory test pay particular attention to subjects that you don’t deal with in your driving lessons such as Motorway Driving, Car Insurance, First Aid etc.
The Theory Test Facts & Figures Revision Cards.
Designed and developed to help UK learners pass their theory test the first time and in doing so save money on expensive tests.
As a DVSA Approved Driving Instructor myself I have often noticed that when practising the theory test with my pupils, that one of the main areas they find difficult, is remembering all the facts and figures that can be asked. This could be a question about the different types of pedestrian crossings, or the reflective coloured studs found on motorways. Not forgetting the really obscure questions such as – the maximum specified fine for driving without insurance, or – road transport accounts for what percentage of all emissions? You really would struggle to guess this type of question and yes they are on the bank of questions used for the test.
This is why we have developed the Theory Test Facts & Figures Revision Cards. The cards cover areas such as Distances, lanes & markings, insurance, documents, emergencies, vehicle facts and much, much more.
“Thank you for the Theory Facts & Figures Cards, they are such a good idea and so simple to use” Katie, pass her theory test 1st time.
The facts and figures are set out in a factual easy to remember format. Compared to the question format used on the test. This will enable you to use a learned fact to answer a number of different questions asked on the test. We have concentrated on pure facts and figures rather than trying to cover every possible question or subject. This is because we feel certain subjects cannot be covered in this format. You should therefore still study all the topics covered in the UK theory test.
“The Theory Test Facts & Figures Revision Cards were really helpful” William passed the Theory Test first time.
This excellent revision aid has been proven to really help learners remember the key facts and figures. Knowing these facts and figures is essential to helping you pass the theory test 1st time. Remember by passing the first time you will save yourself the £23 for another test.
“It was all the facts and figures that I was finding hardest to remember. The theory revision cards were great I used them on my phone and they really helped” Emily passed 1st time.
What are you waiting for? Simply click on the link below to get your free copy and be one step closer to passing your theory test.
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The Official DVSA Complete Theory Test Kit 2016.
DVSA theory test kit 2016 edition. The new updated 2016 edition, now with more help and advice for learner drivers wanting to pass their UK Driving & Vehicle Standards Agency Theory Test.
How To Pass Theory Test Tip:
Its always tempting to leave studying until the last moment. However, from experience with our own pupils, this is not a good idea. We find those who start their study well before their test are much more likely to pass 1st time.