The theory test is a two-part test consisting of multiple-choice questions and a hazard perception test. You have to pass both parts of the test at the same time before you can move on and book the practical driving test. You then have two years from the date you pass the theory test in which to take the practical test. If you haven’t passed within this two year period, you will need to re-sit the theory test again before booking the practical test.
To book the theory test you need to ring 0300 200 1122 or book on line at the official website at www.gov.uk The current fee is 23 pounds. Be aware of misleading copycat websites that charge more if you need to reschedule the test to a later date. You can do this but you must give three full working days notice – if any less you would lose your fee. The local Theory Test Centre in Stockport is based at Kingsgate House on Wellington Road North. See map.
THE MULTIPLE CHOICE TEST
This test lasts for 57 minutes with 50 multiple-choice questions using a computer screen. Some questions may have more than one answer. You can flag the question if you want to and go back to any of them later in the test if you have enough time left. The pass rate is 43 or more out of 50
THE HAZARD PERCEPTION TEST
The pass rate is 44 points or more out of a possible 75 points. There are 14 hazard perception video clips which includes one developing hazard, however, one of the clips has two. You need to click the mouse when you see the developing hazard in order to score the points. This works on a sliding scale from 5 down to 0. Click at the correct time to get a 5. If you click late the mark will be lower. If you click far too late or miss the hazard altogether the mark will be 0 points.
In order to pass the theory test you will need to put the hours in by revising. Try to remember the knowledge you gain from all that study you do now is going to help you to be a safer driver, pass your practical test quicker and also reuce the amount of lessons you need and also help you to feel more confident when you go in for the practical driving test.
Your Driving Instructor should be asking you theory questions on your lessons as this helps you to understand the rules of the road, but if you are having any problems with the theory, then you should ask your Instructor for help.
The theory test questions are sourced from the following books The Highway Code, Know your Traffic Signs and Driving The Essential Skills. You will also need to buy a good hazard perception DVD all of which are all available at good book shops or on line at Desktopdriving
Make sure you take your provisional photocard licence with you on test day as without it you will not be allowed to take the test.
On the multiple-choice part of the test, take your time and think carefully about each question. If you are not sure of the answer, flag it and go back to it at the end. The system will remind you of any of the questions that you have flagged. If you have any time left why not run through your answers.
You will be offered a 3 minute break at the end of the multiple choice test before starting the hazard perception test. Take this time to relax and clear your head in preparation for the next part.
Make sure you watch the introduction clip on your hazard perception DVD as it explains what to look for, how to use it and how to score the marks in order to pass this part of the test. You need to be hitting 4s and 5s on each clip. If you are finding it hard to achieve this, it is possible that you are clicking too late or missing the potential hazard altogether. Try this – stay on one clip, experiment with it, watch it again and this time click as soon as you see the potential hazard. Keep practicing with this one clip until the mark improves and this should give you a better understanding of where you are going wrong. Obviously you can’t do all the clips in this way as there are 100s
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