In order to become a qualified driver in the United Kingdom, you must pass your theory and practical tests. This page contains more information on both of these.
The theory test is made up of two individual tests – theory and hazard perception. They are normally taken together.
The theory test is a multiple choice test, where you have to answer correctly, a minimum of 43 out of a possible 50 questions. The questions are taken from a 1000 questions. All the questions asked are taken from the Highway Code, and the DSA Theory Test book, both of which are available from all good book stores. The test is carried out on a touch screen computer, it will show one question, and give four possible answers, you pick the right answer by touching it on the screen. If you are not sure of an answer you may carry on to the next question, and return to it later, this will save you wasting time. When doing your test you will have a short break and then you have to complete the hazard and perception test.
HAZARD PERCEPTION TEST
This test is a series of 14 video clips lasting approximately one minute each. They show 15 possible hazards involving road conditions,pedestrians and other vehicles. You can score up to 5 points on each clip,one clip you can score 10 points there will be two hazards. When the clip starts you watch for a possible hazard, when you see the hazard you click on the computer mouse. Your score depends on how quick you see the hazard and click on the computer mouse.
You have to score 44 points out of a possible 75 to pass. There are DVD’s on sale at all good book stores that cover both the Theory Test and the Hazard Perception Test.
THE THEORY TEST COSTS £25. 00 Costs will change in October 2015 £23.00
The practical test takes approximately 40 minutes, in that time you have to show the Examiner what you have been taught. You have to show the Examiner that you are capable of driving confidently and safely in all kinds of driving conditions. You will be asked two vehicle safety questions.
“One, Show me” and “one, Tell Me”.
YOU MUST GET TWO QUESTIONS RIGHT OUT OF A POSSIBLE FIVE YOU MUST COMPLETE THE TEST WITH NO SERIOUS FAULTS AND 15 FAULTS OR LESS TO PASS.
Practical test cost- Weekdays– £75.00
Weekends and evenings – £90.00