Our best suggestions on how to pass your theory test.

As if preparing for the practical driving test wasn’t pressure enough, you’ll also need to pass the theory test before you can get your full UK driving licence. To assist you attain top marks, we have actually got 10 top pointers for success.

Be prepared:

Book your theory test

It may sound apparent, but you’ll require to reserve your theory test at one of the 160 test centres across the country. Check out the main government website to find your closest centre and book your theory test.

Ensure you have your provisional licence and a credit or debit card to hand, due to the fact that it’ll cost around ₤23.

Dive into the books

During the theory test you’ll be provided 50 multiple choice questions from a bank of more than 1000 and you’ll need to get at least 43 correct to pass the test.

The bright side is that the DVSA has produced a theory test handbook which is packed with helpful pointers and example questions. Make sure you get your hands on the current upgraded copy and spend some time to revise.


Review your hazard perception.


As soon as you have actually made it through the multiple-choice questions you’ll move on to the hazard perception part of the test. It’s made up of a series of videos including a range of driving risks.

To ensure you’re totally prepared, you can access multiple online hazard perception materials which are totally free in order to help you pass your theory test.


Put in the hours.

Yep, when it comes to revising there’s simply no substitute for putting the hours in. Your theory test questions will be picked at random, so you need to be confident answering any one of the concerns in the DVSA Theory Test Handbook – that’s around 1000 possible questions!

And don’t forget to practise your hazard perception. You will be required to get a minimum of 43 out of 50 on the multiple choice and 44 out of 75 on the hazard perception test to pass.

Practise answering under pressure by asking friends and family to quiz you, remembering that in the genuine test you’ll have 57 minutes to respond to the 50 questions. According to the DVSA You should finish a minimum of 20 hours of revising to ensure you are totally prepared for your theory test.

Take a mock test

Think you’re ready for your theory test? Head over to the government-run Safe Driving for Life site and attempt their mock tests – though they just offer the multiple choice part. 

If your mock test does not go as well as you hoped, you can reschedule your theory test approximately 3 days before your test date. If you’re not feeling confident of a pass, it’s best to take a rain check and squeeze in some additional revision!

If you’re worried about hazard understanding, get an app that lets you practise.

Your required to be at the test centre thirty minutes before the start of your test and bring a facemask with you.

Your Test Day:

Leave Lots of Time

Chances are you’ve not been to the theory test centre before, so leave a lot of time to get there and reduce stress on the day.

Do not forget your provisional licence.

You should have your provisional driving licence on the day of your theory test. If you forget it, you won’t have the ability to sit your test and you’ll still have to pay the test charge.

Use the practice time.

You get 15 minutes prior to your test to get utilised to the touch screen and the layout of the setup. Take your time and if something does not appear like it’s working appropriately, make sure to address it before your test starts.

Flag tricky questions.

In the test you’ll have 57 minutes to answer 50 multiple choice questions. Hit the flag button and it’ll mark the question as unanswered, so you can quickly go back to it prior to the end of the test, leaving you more time to go through the questions you are sure of.


You get a 3 minute break between the first and second part of your test. You’re midway there (YES!) so relax, have a quick stretch at the desk and concentrate on the next part of the test.

Hazard Perception 

Before you take the hazard perception test you’ll be shown a brief video about how it works. It’s well worth watching the video in advance since it gives a really clear explanation of the test as well as example questions.

Taking the Hazard Perception Test

You’ll be shown 14 video clips each about a minute long, including every day driving scenarios with a number of potential dangers and notably one ‘developing hazard’. One of the clips will be a little different and will consist of two establishing dangers but you won’t know in advance which one. It’s these developing hazards that you’ll need to identify in order to pass the test.