Theory and Hazard tests

You need to pass your theory and hazard perception test at the same time and before you can apply for your practical test. You do NOT however, need to have passed these before taking lessons.

I will, as part of your training, help you prepare for the theory and hazard perception tests, and advise when you are ready to take them.

You will need a valid provisional driving licence to take your theory test and you can book your theory and hazard perception tests online, or by phone or by post.

How the theory test works

The theory test is a 50-question multiple-choice test. To pass you must answer 43 or more questions correctly within 57 minutes. Questions are chosen at random from a bank of over 1,000 questions, and you answer by touching the screen. During the test you have the option to skip questions and return to them later. You can take a mock test online here.

The Hazard Perception Test

How the hazard perception test works Immediately after your theory test, you’ll watch a series of 14 one-minute video clips, each showing potential hazards involving road conditions, pedestrians or road users.

There are 15 hazards to identify and you can score up to 5 points on each one, depending on how quickly you identify them. You need to score 44 out of 75 to pass – don’t worry it is not as tough as it sounds!

You can check the current test charges here.

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