Before you can start driving/riding on the road, you need to pass two exams conducted by DSA -
Driving theory test (computer based test) and practical test (on road test)
You get a full driving licence only after when you pass both these tests.
Driving theory test -
The theory test is divided in two parts; the multiple choice part and the hazard perception part.
You need to pass both tests at the same time.
If you fail in one part, you would need to reappear for the whole test.
Once you get a theory test pass certificate, you can then apply for practical driving test.
A. Multiple choice element in driving test
The theory test is conducted at various tests centres around the country. This section is designed to test your knowledge and understanding of the theory behind driving.
Multiple choice element of the theory test will be of
- 45 multiple choice questions for 45 marks
- One case study scenario with 5 questions to answer for 5 marks
- The pass mark = 43/50
- Time allowed to complete the test 57 minutes
This test is conducted on a touch screen computer.
You need not have knowledge of using computer for giving the test.
There is a 15-minute practice session for you to familiarise yourself with the test environment.
Multiple choice questions differ as per the category of the vehicle you're hoping to obtain a licence for.
A question and several answer options will appear on screen and you have to touch and select the correct answer. Some questions will have multiple choice answers.
You can navigate between questions and 'flag' questions that you want to revisit later in the test. You are allowed to revisit the questions and change the answers if you want to.
Case study style questions are presented in slightly different format.
You will be a given a scenario, or short story and you would need to answer five questions based on the same.
If you have understood all the official questions in the DSA theory test question bank, then there is no need to worry.
Case study questions are included to test candidate's knowledge and understanding of the theory of the driving.
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The test questions are based on the official theory test revision question bank published by DSA.
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After an optional break of three minutes the second part of the test, hazard perception test will start.
B. Hazard perception test
Before the actual test begins, you will be shown video clip tutorial about how the hazard perception part works. This section is designed to tests your awareness of potential hazards whilst driving.
The hazard perception part is also delivered the same way on a computer but instead of touch you need to respond to developing hazard by clicking a button on the mouse.
You'll be shown a series of 14 real life video clips each about a minute time length, showing all types road scenes like city roads, country roads, motorways.
Maximum score you can get for every clip is 5 for each one developing hazard, but in one clip you can score 2 marks for 10 developing hazards in the same video clip.
You need to click the left or right button of the mouse indicating you have spotted the hazard developing - which may result in the driver taking some action, such as changing speed or direction. The earlier you spot the hazard developing higher is the score. More time you take to react lower is the score.
Multiple choice questions vary as per the vehicle category, but the hazard perception test has the same versions for different vehicles e.g. car, bike, heavy vehicle, bused etc, but the the pass mark is different for different vehicle types
You won't be able to review your answers to the hazard perception test; as on the road, you don’t get a second chance to rectify your error made while responding to the developing hazard.
The pass mark for the car and motorcycle hazard perception part of the theory test is 44 out of 75.
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How to prepare for your driving theory test - car, motorbike theory test?
You need to study -
- Official latest driving theory test revision questions
- The Highway Code - Road rules and regulations
- Traffic signs
While practicing you should give more emphasis on the understanding of the study material.
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