The Theory test is made up of two parts, Multiple Choice and Hazard Perception. You need to pass both parts to pass your test, If you are unsuccessful in one part you will have to take the whole test again.
Before the test starts you will be given instructions on how the test works, If you want you can take a practice session of the multiple choice questions so that you can the layout of the test, once you have took the practice session the real test begins. You have a maximum of 50 questions and the pass mark is 43/50, the time allowed for the test is 57mins. A question and several possible answers will appear on a computer screen and you have to select the correct answer. Some of the questions will need more than one answer. You can move between questions and 'flag' questions that you want to go back to it later on in the test. If you have finished the test in a good amount of time it is best you recap on your answers to make sure you are 100% sure on the answer you have given. Some car and motorcycle questions will be given as a case study.
Show a short story that five questions will be based on
Focus on real life examples and experiences that you could come across when driving
After the mulitiple choice part you can choose to take up to a 3min break before the hazard perception part starts.
Before you start the hazard perception part of the test, you will be shown a short video clip on how the test works.
You will be shown a series of video clips on a computer screen. The clips feature everyday road scenes and contains at least one developing hazard, however one of the clips will show two developing hazards giving you double marks. For each clip you can score a maximum of 5 marks and a maximum 10 marks for the double hazard. You must score 44/75 to pass the test.
The earlier you notice the developing hazard and make a response the higher you will score. the most you can score for each hazard is 5 points. To get a high score you need to
respond to the developing hazard during the early part of its development
press the mouse button as soon as you see the hazard developing however be careful because if you press the mouse button continuously in a clip a message will appear telling you have scored zero on that clip.
Think of a parked car on the side of the road. When you first see it, it is doing anything, its just a parked car if you respond now you will not score anything.
When you get closer to the car you notice that the right hand indicator starts to flash. This would make you think that the driver of the vehicle is going to move away from the side of the road , this is when the hazard starts to develop and a response at this point would score points. The Indicator coming on is a sign that the car has changed from a potential hazard to a developing hazard. As you get nearer to the car. you will probably see the car start to move away from the side of the road, another response should be made at this point.
At the end of the test you can answer some customer survey questions, you do not have to answer these as it will not affect you score. Once you have completed your test, you can leave your booth and go and collect your belongings from the locker, then you will be given the results of your test on a piece of paper telling you if you were successful or unsuccessful also the score of your tests.
Good Luck with your theory test
Principal Female Driving Instructor