The Driving Theory test

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Check your theory driving test online

Find your lost theory test pass certificate number 

if you need it to: book your driving test or change your driving test appointment.
You may also need to apply for a replacement letter to take to your driving test.if needed

Iphone DVSA Theory App

Android DVSATheory App

The ONLY official Driving Standards Agency app to help you prepare for the multiple choice part of your theory test on the go, in a simple and convenient way. Written by the people who set the tests - who better to learn from? These apps are created and managed by the DVSA and contain the Official Highway Code questions updated

The show and tell questions still have multiple selection as these are designed to teach you what an examiner is looking for when they ask you about your car.

To practice the car theory tests for free, 


Free Mock DVSA Theory test


The aim of the theory test is to make sure you understand the rules and safety points of driving. You should prepare as much as possible before you sit the test, as you will not be able to take your practical test until you have passed. The test is in two parts.
Part One: Theory Test

Part two: hazard Test 

To prepare for your Theory Test see the online version of the Highway code for free theory help

Theory test information WARNING! There are some sites that charge ( approx £30) admin fee for booking your test make sure the site is the site or you could pay much more for your driving test. If your not sure call me, you should only pay for the test.

BRAKING NEWS....Car and motorcycle theory tests will fall to £23

Always use the official DVSA site to book a theory test as some sites charge an admin fee on top of the normal charges. the DVSA do not charge admin fees and is looking to stop such sites from operating.

Official 2017 DVSA guide to what happens during the theory test and what it takes to pass it - including the multiple-choice question and hazard perception parts.

The theory test is the first step towards preparing for your driving test 

You will have 57 minutes to complete the 50 multiple choice questions which will cover up-to 12 of the topics below. and the pass mark is 43 out of 50. 
The test is completed by using a touch screen computer system, you simply touch the box containing the correct answer's. You can have a practice for 15 minutes before the test is due. If you have special needs the time can be doubled see hazard test page info
(For lorries and buses you'll be asked 60 questions in 70 minutes and the pass mark is 51 out of 60.)
During the test, the screen shows which of the 50 questions you are currently answering, and how much time you have remaining. You can change your answers. A review screen tells you how many questions you have completed, any incomplete answers (i.e. not enough choices marked), and which questions you have 'flagged' to return to later.

Candidates receive their test results, and feedback information about errors within 30 minutes of finishing the test.
If you prepare well you have an excellent chance of passing. You should arrive at your test centre 15 minutes before your test. If you arrive once the test has started you will not be allowed to sit the test and will lose your fee. 
Below is the syllabus used for the theory test:-

  • ALERTNESS Observation Anticipation Concentration Awareness Distraction
  • ATTITUDE Consideration Positioning Courtesy Priority
  • SAFETY AND YOUR VEHICLE Fault detection Vehicle defects Safety equipment Emissions Noise
  • SAFETY MARGINS Stopping distances Road surfaces Skidding Weather conditions
  • HAZARD AWARENESS Anticipation Hazard awareness Attention Speed and distance Reaction time Alcohol and drugs Tiredness
  • VULNERABLE ROAD USERS Pedestrians Children People with disabilities Motorcyclists Cyclists Horse riders
  • OTHER TYPES OF VEHICLE Motorcycles Lorries Buses
  • VEHICLE HANDLING Weather conditions Road conditions Time of day Speed Traffic calming
  • MOTORWAY RULES Speed limits Lane discipline Stopping Lighting Parking
  • RULES OF THE ROAD Speed limits Parking Lighting
  • ROAD AND TRAFFIC SIGNS Road signs Speed limits Road markings
  • DOCUMENTS Licences Insurance MOT certificate
  • ACCIDENTS First Aid Warning devices Reporting procedures Safety regulations
  • VEHICLE LOADING Stability Towing

Part two:  Hazard Perception Test

After the break you'll then be shown a short tutorial 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'll 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. 
(For lorries and buses the pass mark is 50 out of 75).
Candidates will be asked to indicate as soon as they see a hazard developing which may result in the driver taking some action, such as changing speed or direction. 
The sooner a response is made the higher the score.

Official Driving tests pass statistics for Theory and practical tests

Driving tests and instructors statistics

Booking a Theory Test

Your driving instructor can advise you when to apply for your theory test. You need to take this before you can book a practical driving test. The information below is a guide and you should check with your instructor, for any changes. 
The Theory Test Current prices  Please see the DVSA websiteYou can have your results When you finish the test. 
Your driving school, instructor, or local test centre should have an application form, although you can book your test over the phone if you have a credit card. 

You can book online atDVSA Online booking or download the application form to send by post
Both your theory and practical test must be booked in advanced, and 'after' you have your provisional licence. 
If you book your test over the phone you need to call 0300 200 1122  then follow instructions for Theory test bookings, you must have the following information ready:-

  • Your driving licence number.
  • Your personal details (Name, Address, Post code, Date of birth, Telephone number) .
  • Type of vehicle (Car, Motorcycle).
  • Your choice of test centre location.
  • Your credit card details.

A test date and time will be given, which may be changed if its unsuitable. 
PLEASE NOTE: You must give a least 3 working days notice to cancel your test. 
You can reschedule or cancel a test over the phone via the booking line or you can do it online, you can:

  • move or change your appointment
  • cancel your appointment
  • have a full refund of test fee

You can also sit a mock theory test online by visiting the Driving Standards Agency's free Theory testor one of the free theory test sites 

You must take your driving licence with you. No Licence = NO TEST

Cardiff Theory Test Centre (Entrance is in North Edward Street)

Limerick House (3rd flr)
23 Churchill Way
South Glamorgan
CF10 2HE

Theory Test centre image

 Other Theory Test Centres

Clarence House (6th Floor), Clarence Place, Newport, Gwent, NP19 7AA
Merthyr Tydfill
Castle House (1st Floor), Glebeland Street, Merthyr Tydfill, Mid Glamorgan, CF47 8AT

If your theory test is cancelled due to an examiner not being able to attend, The DVSA will reimburse you for out of pocket expenses incurred as a result of this Use this form to claim out of pocket expenses. This does not apply to tests cancelled due to extreme weather conditions

Changes to the theory test: the facts
From 23 January 2012 the theory test will be made up of multiple-choice questions which are no longer published in learning materials.
The reason behind the move is to stop candidates from simply memorising theory test questions and answers and learning by rote.

Lots of resources are available on Youtube (see disclaimer)

new sections of text for motorcyclists, a free e-book for car drivers and full references throughout to help candidates learn and revise
  • questions and answers for revision, including practice for case studies
  • the official DVSA explanations for every revision question, helping candidates fully understand the answer

This approach to learning will help candidates to gain a better knowledge and understanding of driving theory which will help them respond correctly to the new, reworded live questions used in the actual test.
No changes to the format of the test
No changes are being made to the format of the theory test. It will still be made up of a multiple-choice part and a hazard perception part.
The time allowed and the pass marks will stay the same.

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