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Studying for the theory test


I’ve been asked a lot recently about best preparation for the theory test.

The Driving Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) data shows that average pass mark for theory test from 2007 to present date is between 47% to 65%.

You can view the full stats here

The theory test fee is £23 and you have to pass the theory before you are able to book a practical driving test.

For some people taking the theory is more of a concern than taking the practical test. And, in some cases people have taken more than 10 attempts to pass the theory.

This is a serious concern for learners, so what can you do?

Well first of all you have to acknowledge that you are going to have to put some study work in if you want to pass it.

There are many products available to help you, the most common is online practice sites and home study DVD’s.

Online practice sites fees range from free up to a tenner, however most free sites require your personal information before giving you access to questions.

That’s because they want a crack and selling you something or they might sell your information on to a third party who will want to sell you something.

The problem with free is that the quality of questions might fall well short of what is required to be considered as good practice questions.

Some sites simply offer mock tests, but Mock tests don’t often give you the depth of questions you could be asked on the official theory test.

So, a good place to start is by reading the highway code, or purchasing the official DVSA practice material here

However there are some good third party online sites that can help, one of our favorites is Theory test Pro. These guys offer a free version, but we recommend you invest a few quid and get the full comprehensive version.

Our tip is try to avoid just practicing MOCK tests, instead use the practice topics which will give you a broader set of questions, on some site like theory test pro you can also take advantage of the Knowledge & understanding help guide.

So’ here’s what you should expect on the theory test.

The multiple choice test

Before you start the multiple choice test, you can have a 15-minute practice session if you want to get used to the format of the test.

In the test there are 50 questions: you’ll need to get at least 43 correct to pass. You’ll have 57 minutes for this part of the test.

The multiple choice questions appear on-screen and you’ll use the mouse to choose the correct answer. For some questions you’ll need to select more than one answer – there’ll be a message if you don’t choose enough answers. There are also case study questions: these will show you a short ‘story’ and you’ll need to answer five questions about it.

If you aren’t sure about any of the questions, you can ‘flag’ them and come back to them later.

The hazard perception test

When you’ve finished the multiple choice part, you can go straight on to the hazard perception part or take a three-minute break. You can watch a short video before you start the test, showing you how the test works.

You’ll need to click the mouse when you see a developing hazard (ie something that would need you, the driver, to take some action such as changing speed or direction): the sooner you spot the hazard, the more points you’ll score. You can score up to five points for each hazard. You’ll need to score at least 44 out of 75 points. Each film shows one hazard apart from one film, which has two.

If you click the mouse too much or if you click in a pattern, you’ll be given a warning message and you’ll score no points for that film.


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Tips for passing driving theory

Preparing for a practical driving test can be stressful and with the added pressure of needing to pass the theory prior to getting a full driving licence.

Elite Driving School have compiled a list of tips together to help those taking their theory achieve success.

First and foremost, in order to be prepared, you should:

Book you test

It is the obvious step however you have the option to book your theory at one of the many test centres nationwide. To find your nearest centre, you can visit the official website here.
Ensure you have your provisional licence with you, along with your credit/debit card as there will be a fee to pay.


The theory test will include fifty multiple question from a bank of over one thousand and the candidate will need to get over 90% of the questions correct to pass.

To make the revision easier, the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) has released a Theory Test Handbook that has a lot of useful tips and example questions that will help any candidate and is brilliant to revise from.

Hazard perception

After the candidate has completed the multiple choice question test, they will progress on to the hazard perception test.
The test will include a series of video clips that feature a variety of video clips that will feature a selection of driving hazards that the candidate will need to spot.

Click here to test your knowledge and practise scanning the road effectively, identifying any distraction and looking out for cyclists to make sure you are fully prepared.

Mock tests

If you believe you are ready for your theory test, there is a government-run website called Safe Driving for Life that enables users to try out a mock test, exclusive to the multiple choice test only.

TIP: Practise with friends and family that have already completed their theory test asking them to quiz you on your driving knowledge.

Once you have gotten all of your prep work complete, you will need to focus on these things on the day of your theory:

TIP: Arrive at the centre 30 minutes prior to the theory test.


Allow yourself extra time to arrive at the theory test centre, as there is a high chance that a candidate hasn’t visited the centre before. It relieves stress on the day also.


Candidates must ensure they have brought along with them their paper and photo card of the driving licence on the day of their theory test.

Utilise your time

There will be an allocated 15 minutes of practice time prior to the test which will allow those sitting it to get used to the screen and familiarise themselves with the layout of questions etc.


Along with the 15 minutes of extra time at the beginning of the test, there will be a 3 minutes break between the first and second part of the test signifying a half way point.
This is the perfect time for the candidate to take a breather and stretch from their desk, clearing their head and readying themselves for the second and final part, hazard perception.

For further information about driving theory tests and driving lessons, please visit our website!