We strongly recommend that you begin preparing for the theory test at the same time as you begin your practical lessons. The knowledge that you will build up from both your instructor and your individual study will combine to provide a solid foundation.

The theory test is made up of two parts; the multiple choice part and the hazard perception part. You need to pass both parts in order to pass the theory test. Once you have passed the theory test you can then apply to take your practical driving test.

In Part one of the theory test you’ll be asked 50 multiple choice questions. The pass mark is 43 out of 50.

The second part of the theory test is hazard perception. You’ll be shown 14 video clips in which you will have to identify 15 developing hazards. The pass mark for the hazard perception test is 44 out of 75.

According to the latest statistics, 50% of people who take their theory test fail!  Although many of the questions which come up in are common-sense, there are lots of other questions which you probably won’t know the answer to without doing some studying.  There are lots of ways you can prepare for the theory test, such as a wide range of discs for computers, apps for smart phones or by studying the books below which are produced by the DVSA.

The DVSA no longer publish the question banks of all the theory questions as they want you to understand the theory of safe driving rather than just memorizing the correct answers to choose in the multiple choice section.  However they do still provide an online service that allows you to test your knowledge and understanding. Go to www.safedrivingforlife.info/practicetheorytest/

We will be discussing the topics that come up in the theory test during our lessons and I also  post theory test related information on my Facebook page, Alive Driving, including excerpts from the Highway Code .  If you “Like” the Alive Driving page these will appear on your timeline, another helpful way of getting all that information to sink in!