Your Theory Test

The theory test is a computer based test and consists of two parts multiple choice and hazard perception. You must pass both sections at the same time.  If you fail one section you will have to take the whole test again. You must pass the theory test before you are allowed to book your driving test.


The Multiple Choice Test

The pass mark is 43 out of 50 and the time allowed to complete the test is 57 minutes. Some questions may ask for two or more correct answers from a selection of four.


The Hazard Perception Test

The pass mark is 44 out of 75.  There are 15 developing hazards – 13 clips containing one developing hazard and one clip contains two developing hazards.  You can score up to 5 marks for each hazard depending on how quickly you identify it.

The Car Practical Driving Test

The driving test is straightforward and has been designed to see if you:

Drive safely in different road and traffic conditions
Know The Highway Code and can show this through your driving ability

So long as you show the standard required, you’ll pass your driving test.


The Eyesight Check

Before you start the driving ability part of your test you’ll have an eyesight check.  The examiner will ask you read the number plate on a parked vehicle to test your eyesight.  If you fail the check, your driving test won’t continue.

What happens during the test

There are 5 parts to the driving test:

An eyesight check
Show me, tell me vehicle safety questions
General driving ability
Reversing your vehicle
Independent driving
The test is the same for both manual and automatic cars.


The Driving Ability Part of your Driving Test

The driving part of your test will last about 40 minutes. Throughout the test your examiner will be looking for an overall safe standard of driving.

Show me, tell me questions

You’ll be asked 2 vehicle safety questions known as the ‘show me, tell me’ questions.
You’ll be asked the:
‘tell me’ question at the start of your test, before you start driving
‘show me’ question while you’re driving


Your General Driving Ability

You’ll drive in various road and traffic conditions, but not on motorways.
The examiner will give you directions that you should follow. Driving test routes aren’t published, so you can’t check them before your test.

Pulling over at the side of the road

You’ll be asked to pull over and pull away during your test, including:
normal stops at the side of the road
Pulling out from behind a parked vehicle
Hill start
You might also be asked to carry out an emergency stop.


Your Ability to Reverse your Vehicle Safely

You’ll be asked to complete an exercise to show how well you can reverse your vehicle. The examiner will choose one exercise from:

Parallel park at the side of the road
Park in a parking bay – either by driving in and reversing out, or reversing in and driving out (the examiner will tell you which you have to do)
Pull up on the right-hand side of the road, reverse for around 2 car lengths, and rejoin the traffic


Independent Driving

You’ll have to drive for about 20 minutes by following either:

  • Directions from Sat Nav
    Traffic Signs

The examiner will tell you which you have to follow.

They’ll set the sat nav up for you. You can’t use your own sat nav.

If you can’t see traffic signs

If you can’t see a traffic sign (for example, because it’s covered by trees), the examiner will give you directions until you can see the next one.

Going off the route

The examiner won’t give you a fault for taking a wrong turning.
They’ll help you get back on the route if you do.


If You Pass Your Test

If you pass your test the examiner will give you a pass certificate. They will also ask you if you want your full licence to be sent to you automatically.

Once you have passed your test you can start driving straight away – you don’t need to wait for your full licence to arrive.


Taking Another Test

If you don’t reach the standard required, you can take another after ten working days. Working days include Saturdays.



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