The Theory test was introduced to improve road safety and reduce accidents among newly qualified drivers. As a learner driver you must take and pass your theory test before you can book your practical test.
The Theory test is taken at a local test centre ( Southend or Basildon ) using a touch screen computer to conduct the exam and is in two parts - Theory and Hazard perception. The 1st part (theory) is a multiple choice test of 35 questions out of which you must get 30 correct.
Click here to register on the DSA site for free and try the test online
The 2nd part (hazard perception) is 14 brief video clips within which you must try to identify 15 potential hazards (one video will have two hazards). You must achieve a score of 44 out of a possible 75; the sooner you recognise the hazard the higher will be your point score.
Click here for a video explaining how the hazard perception part of the test works
You must pass your Theory test before you can apply for your Practical test but you do not need to pass your Theory test before you start learning to drive with an instructor (but all this knowledge helps!).
to prepare for both parts of the hazard test we recommend the following:
the highway code
the official dsa guide to driving:the essential skills
the official guide to learning to drive
the official theory test for car drivers
know your traffic signs
focus dvd/pc rom
The theory test can be booked online: www.direct.gov.uk
It currently costs £31.
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