If you've got your provisional licence and you have booked your first driving lesson, it’s time to start thinking about theory training and taking your driving theory test!
The DSA theory test consists of a multiple choice section and a hazard perception test. You need to be successful in both parts if you want to pass overall. Get the recommended reading about the Highway Code and traffic signs under your belt and do as many mock theory tests online as possible.
On the day of the test, you’ll have to answer at least 43 out of 50 multiple choice questions correctly on a touch screen computer. After that, you’ll do the hazard perception test using the mouse of a computer. There are 15 developing hazards in total and you can score 5 points per hazard if you click the mouse as early as possible when it starts to develop. You’ve got to score at least 44 out of 75 to pass this part of the test. If you fail one part of the test, you’ll have to retake both parts.
Make sure you've got the following information to hand:
• Your provisional driving licence number
• Debit or credit card details to pay for the test
If you have any special needs, the DSA can arrange for a British sign language interpretation, extra time for the multiple-choice questions or other reasonable adjustments.
You’ll have to mention what your needs are during the theory driving theory test online booking and you’ve got to give the DSA proof of your special need.
THE DAY OF THE THEORY TEST
Preparation is everything. The earlier you start preparing for your test, the better. However an important part of getting ready for taking a driving theory test actually happens on the day of your test as well.
Make sure you bring your photocard driving licence or if you’ve got an old-style paper licence, your signed driving licence and a valid passport. If you can’t present these at the test centre, you’re not allowed to sit the test and you’ll lose your fee!
If you’re sitting your theory test soon, we wish you the best of luck!