Theory test tips
It seems like there is a never ending amount of theory test questions and of course all the answers that must be remembered. A large percentage of the questions are relatively easy and common sense.
As with the hazard perception part of the theory test, find a driving school and taking driving lessons with a fully qualified driving instructor will aid you in passing the theory test. There will be many scenarios that you will come across during your driving lessons that will closely relate to certain questions in the theory test.
Once you have read over the theory test questions, make a note of the ones you are struggling with. Filter out incorrectly answered questions. Although you will need to revise the questions answered incorrectly, it will be of benefit long-term and for when you take the theory test if you know the actual reason of the answer to a question. Ask your driving instructor to set aside some lesson time to explain the answers to questions you are struggling with. It is much easier to answer a question when you know the reason for the correct answer.
Hazard perception test tips
The types of potential hazards you will need to beware of are as follows:
It is a little difficult to fully understand a potential hazard from a video screen. The best way to learn is to take driving lessons from a fully qualified driving instructor. As soon as you receive your provisional driving licence, take some driving lessons. As you will be in control of the car, it will help you become aware of all the potential hazards. Your instructor will be continuously pointing out these hazards until you are aware of them independently.
As a passenger driving with friends or family, train yourself to spot as many potential hazards throughout the journey.
Although constantly clicking throughout the entire video clip is likely to result in a fail, don't be afraid to click on several occasions as soon as you see a developing hazard. I have heard of individuals constantly failing the hazard perception part of the theory test as they thought that only 1 click was permitted in each video.
Booking your theory test
The current fee for taking the theory test is £31. The theory test can be booked online at the official direct.gov website. There is no booking fee if booked through the official website.
Multiple choice theory test
You will be given a question on the computer monitor with several possible answers. Use the mouse or if applicable, touch the screen to select your chosen answer. Some questions may need more than one answer. It will make you aware that it requires more than one answer on-screen.
You are able to flag questions that you are not sure about to come back later, you are also able to move between questions if you wish to do so. Some of the car questions will be based on a case study. An example of a case study will be to:
Each scene will last around 1 minute and will contain at least one developing hazard. One of the clips however, will feature two developing hazards. A situation that may require you to change speed or direction is a developing hazard.
Hazard Perception scoring
The earlier you spot a developing hazard and click the mouse button, the higher the score you will receive. The highest score possible for each developing hazard is five points.
The system is designed to detect cheating, so constant mouse clicking will result in a message appearing after the clip announcing that you have scored zero for that particular clip.
Out of a possible 75, 44 points must be scored in order to pass the hazard perception part of the theory test.
Below is an example of a typical scenario that you are likely to see in everyday driving and on the hazard perception test.