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Theory Test

There are 2 parts to the UK Theory Test:

Multiple choice section:

The multiple choice section of the driving theory test is taken on a touch screen computer. Before starting the test you will be allowed 15 minutes to practice using the computerised theory test system.

Each question will appear on the screen along with the possible answers. Some of the questions will have a picture in the question, and some may have a choice of pictures for the answer. To answer the question on the screen, you should touch the answer box next to the correct answer; the next question will then appear. If you do not know the answer to a question then you can select the flag question option on the screen by touching the area where it says 'Flag' (or something similar). This means that when you have completed the theory test, the questions you have flagged will come up first to give you a chance to answer them. We advise that you use this feature so that you can answer all of the questions you know the answers to first, then you will know how much time you have left to answer the questions you are unsure of. Once you have finished all of the questions you flagged you will get an opportunity to answer any other questions you did not answer. We advise that you use all of the allotted time to go through your answers.

To pass the UK driving theory test multiple choice section you must score the following :
  • Cars and motorcycles: you will need to complete 50 questions in 57 minutes, the pass mark is 43 out of 50
  • Lorries and buses: you will need to complete 60 questions in 70 minutes, the pass mark is 51 out of 60.

Hazard perception section :

Once the multiple choice section has been completed you can have a three minute break before starting the hazard perception part of the test. It's best to just sit and relax for the three minutes. The hazard perception test is taken on the computer; you will also have a pair of headphones. Before the test starts you will be able to take a short tutorial on how to complete the test, at the end of the tutorial it will ask if you want to view the tutorial again. You will only get to watch the tutorial twice.

You will be shown fourteen movie clips, each one lasting for about a minute. There will be one hazard in each clip, except for one clip which will have two hazards in it. When you see a hazard developing you should click the left mouse button, the earlier you click the more points you will get. If you spot the hazard as soon as it develops you will receive the maximum 5 points for that clip. A hazard is anything that would make you change speed or direction, or is a danger to you or other road users. To pass the UK driving theory test hazard perception section you must score the following :
  • Cars and motorcycles: you will need to complete 14 movie clips, the pass mark is 44 out of 75
  • Lorries and buses: you will need to complete 14 movie clips, the pass mark is 50 out of 75

You must pass the multiple choice and the hazard perception parts of the test at the same time to pass the theory test.
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