vehicle and driver standard agencyThe Two Parts of the Theory Test

The first part of the Theory Test consists of 50 multi-choice questions. It is computer based and a response is made by touching the screen at the appropriate place. The pass mark is 43 correct answers out of a possible 50.

The second part is a hazard perception test consisting of a series of 14 video clips of typical road scenes. The objective is to click the computer mouse whenever a developing hazard appears. One of the clips will have two scored hazards. Marks are scored by correctly identifying developing hazards as early as possible. The pass mark for this part is 44 out of a possible 75.

Both parts of the Theory Test must be passed at the same sitting. The test is marked by the computer and the result is given to the candidate within a few minutes of completion. You can book your theory test online here

Driving test

The Driving Test lasts about 40 minutes and includes driving out of town on fast roads, such as dual carriageways, up to 70 mph. You will be asked to do 1 out of 3 possible reversing manoeuvres (turn in the road, reverse around the corner and reverse park {reverse park could be either parallel parking or bay parking}). One third of tests include an emergency stop.

The examiner will ask you to drive independently for about 10 minutes, following a simple map and/or road signs. There will also be two questions about the routine safety checks you should do on your car, to ensure it is safe to drive.

In order to pass, you must not make any serious or dangerous faults, although you are allowed to have up to 15 minor mistakes. Don’t worry! It is not that difficult, and examiners are very friendly. They know what it is like having to drive under pressure, and they really are on your side. You can book a Practical driving test online here