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Frequently Asked QuestionsAll you need to know...
What if I misplace my Theory Test Certificate?

If I can't find the paper counterpart for my provisional licence, can I still take my test?

Am I allowed to start my driving lessons before I take my theory test?

Is there a limit on the time I can leave it between passing my Theory Test and taking my practical test?

I don't know what to do when I get to the Theory Test Centre?

Is there anything I have to bring with me to the Test Centre?

Can you explain the Theory test?

Section 1 - Multiple Choice

Section 2 - Hazard Perception

When the test is complete what should I do?

Why is the hazard perception test necessary?

The story of the start of the hazard perception test

What the hazard perception test involves and means to you

Hazard Perception Scenarios: What is a Typical Example?

How do I achieve a high pass rate or score?

Steps to success: how to pass your theory test

Advice from the DSA

Are you ready for your theory test?

What if I have to change or cancel my theory test?

Registering at the Test Centre

Are there any facilities to help those with special needs?

What if English is my second language?

My language isn't listed above, what do I do now?

I have reading difficulties, are there any facilities that can help me take my test?

I have hearing difficulties, what do I do?

What do I do if I've lost or misplaced my Certificate?

What if I lose my theory test booking number?

What if I've lost my passport? Am I able to use another form of ID?

I've lost my provisional licence - do I need my driver number to replace it?




What if I misplace my Theory Test Certificate?
You'll be able to get a Certificate number or a confirmation letter to take to your practical test. Call the DSA customer service on: 0300 200 1188 to raise the issue and request this.

If I can't find the paper counterpart for my provisional licence, can I still take my test?
When you arrive at the test centre you'll need to show both your provisional license and the paper counterpart in order to take the test. If you cannot find either part you must acquire a duplicate before your test date in order to take it.To request one, call the DVLA on 0870 240 0009. Duplicate copies will cost £22, payable by credit or debit card. .

Am I allowed to start my driving lessons before I take my theory test?
Yes, you can begin taking lessons once you have received a provisional license. During your driving lessons you will learn valuable information about the rules of the road and the Highway Code, and your driving lessons will also help you improve on your theory knowledge. .

In there a limit on the time I can leave it between passing my Theory Test and taking my practical test?
Yes, the Theory Test Certificate expires 2 years after passing, so after this time you will have to take the test again before taking your practical exam.

In there a limit on the time I can leave it between passing my Theory Test and taking my practical test?
Yes, the Theory Test Certificate expires 2 years after passing, so after this time you will have to take the test again before taking your practical exam.

I don't know what to do when I get to the Theory Test Centre?
Before your test day, make sure that you are completely prepared and know how to get to the centre where you are taking your test. Arrive at least 15 minutes before the start of your test, and register at the reception immediately, before waiting to be called into the test room. Remember you're not allowed to bring any personal belongings into the test room, so store any items that you bring with you in the lockers provided.During your time in the test room you musn't communicate with other learners in the room in any way. You will find your name, the category of the test, and any instructions on the computer screen, so take the time to read everything well.If you experience any problems, put your hand up and patiently wait for the invigilator to come over.

Is there anything I have to bring with me to the Test Centre?
Yes, in order to sit the theory test you present the following items on arrival: - Both the photocard and paper counterpart of your valid and signed UK or NI (Northern Ireland) provisional licence. - If you have a paper licence, then you need to provide a valid passport along with this. - Your theory test appointment letter. Failure to produce these items may result in a refusal to carry out the test, with no refund on the fee. Important: If you lose or misplace your license, you should request a duplicate from the DVLA, which can take a fortnight to arrive. If you fail to acquire a duplicate license during this time, you will have to rearrange your theory test.

Can you explain the Theory test?
The theory test consists of two sections: a multiple choice exam followed by a hazard perception test. In order the pass the test overall, you must pass both sections in the same sitting; if you only pass one section and fail the other, then you must arrange a retest to take both parts again. You will need to have a theory test certificate before applying for your practical exam. During the multiple choice section, answers are entered into the computer with the touch screen, whilst answers are recorded on a computer mouse for responses to the hazard perception section. The multiple choice questions vary depending on the category of vehicle that you're taking the test for; in the hazard perception test there is no such variation for different categories and the scenarios are taken from one large selection. The minimum score for a pass differs depending on the vehicle and category of the test. Whilst learners taking the car and motorcycle theory test do both sections in the same sitting, lorry and bus learners sit the multiple choice and hazard perception tests separately, and should book them as such

Section 1 - Multiple Choice
Follow the on-screen instructions before the test begins to learn how it works. There is also the option of a practice run of multiple choice questions to help familiarise you with how the test works. The real test will commence at the end of the practice questions. Each question will appear with several answer options, and you must touch the screen to select the correct one. Some questions require multiple selections of answers. A few of the car and motorcycle multiple choice questions are set as case studies, giving you a real life example of a driving scenario that will be the basis of the next five questions. If you don't want to answer a question now, you are able to flag it so that you can return to the question later. Once all the questions have been answered you will have an optional three minute break before the hazard perception test commences. Category Time Allowed Pass Mark Car & Motorcycle 57 minutes 43/50 Lorry & Bus 115 minutes 85/100 .

Section 2 - Hazard Perception
Before the hazard perception test begins, a short video tutorial will demonstrate how this section works. This part is on the computer as well, but instead you register your answers by clicking a mouse button. You will be given 14 video clips featuring every day road scenes. Most of them will display one developing hazard, although one of the clips will feature two developing hazards. The aim is to respond to a developing hazard as early as possible, as the sooner you identify a developing hazard, the higher you will achieve, with a score of up to five points available for each hazard. Unlike the multiple choice part, you are unable to review your answers for this section; in real life, you have only one chance to respond to hazards, and the test is designed to reflect this. Category Number of Clips Developing Hazards Pass mark Car & Motorcycle 14 15 44/75 Lorry & Bus 19 19 67/100

When the test is complete what should I do?
Once you have completed the hazard perception section of the theory test, you will be asked to fill in a survey about your experience. This is optional, and information given will be kept completely confidential, and your identity anonymous. Your answers in the survey will not affect your theory test result. At the end of the test, you are free to exit the test room and then cannot to return to it. A member of the examination centre will give you your result; lorry and bus learners will receive a pass certificate by post after passing both tests.

Why is the hazard perception test necessary?
The hazard perception test was developed in recognition of the fact that a disproportionate number of newly qualified drivers make up the numbers of car accidents, particularly during the months after the driving test. There is strong evidence to suggest that hazard perception training makes drivers far better at spotting hazards when driving.

The story of the start of the hazard perception test
The hazard perception test was introduced to the theory exam in November 2002, as part of a government commitment to reduce the numbers of those seriously injured and killed on the road in Britain by 40% in 2010. By identifying clues of any developing situations, it was hoped that drivers would be more capable at reducing risks and accidents on the road. The DSA, Transport Research Laboratory and the Department of Transport worked together to develop the test, and all were in agreement that this was a suitable test for hazard awareness skills of people learning to drive.

What the hazard perception test involves and means to you
In the hazard perception test you are shown 14 different video clips, that you respond to by clicking a mouse button. Each clip will feature at least one developing hazard, and one of the scenarios will give you two. The aim is respond to the developing hazards as early as possible to achieve a high score of up to five points for each hazard. Being able to recognise clues and perceive any dangerous situations are vital skills for all drivers and rider, whatever vehicle is involved. This is why the same version of the hazard perception test is used for every vehicle category.

Hazard Perception Scenarios: What is a Typical Example?
An example scenario in the hazard perception test would be a vehicle parked on the roadside. When stationary and showing no signs of action, it is only a potential hazard; you would not score any marks if you were to click the mouse. Nor would you lose marks. However if the vehicle's right indicator started to flash, this would suggest that the car intends to move into the road. As a result, this is now a developing hazard; you would receive points for responding with a click to identify this. If the car then started to move into the road as you approached nearer, a second reaction should be registered to show that you would react as a driver, for example by slowing down. Each clip in the hazard perception test will display several clues to indicate when a hazard is developing and changing status, so remember to stay alert.

How do I achieve a high pass rate or score?
You can score up to 5 points for correctly identifying every developing hazard. The sooner you notice and respond to a developing hazard (with a click), the higher you will score. A click demonstrates that as a driver you would react in some way to the hazard, for example by slowing down. Unlike the multiple choice exam, there is no opportunity to revisit your answers. As the hazard perception test is meant to demonstrate real life scenarios, you only get one opportunit to react correctly. Inappropriate reactions can negatively impact your score; continuous clicking throughout the clip may result in a score of zero for the clip. In this case, you will be informed when the clip has finished that you have scored nothing.

Steps to success: how to pass your theory test?
The Car Theory Test is often considered to be one of the hardest obstacles to becoming a qualified driver, although most of the failures in the theory test occur due to a lack of preparation. If you take the time to learn the Highway Code and master the rules of the road as well as the skills of driving, you will be much more likely pass your driving test and become a safe driver. So to give you the confidence and guidance required to pass the theory test on your first go, here are a few easy steps.

Step One:
To help you brush up your knowledge, invest in a Theory Test Kit that has all the information in one as well as a mock theory test to help you practice the questions. Preparing for the multiple choice section is essential if you want to pass your theory test, and so mastering the information as well as the format of the questions is important. After revising the topics in the DSA test kit, taking the mock theory test will give you an idea of how prepared you are for the exam.

Step Two:
After taking the mock theory test, identify your weak areas. Note these down so that you can return to these topics before retesting yourself later. Use the Highway Code as an essential guide to help you learn the information inside out.

Step Three:
You should continue retaking the mock test at intervals until you are able to score 90% or above (green on the DSA Theory Test Kit) on more than 10 topics. At this stage you should be rehearsed enough with the information and test format to pass the real theory test. Remember to keep testing yourself in the run up to your exam to refresh your memory.

Step Four:
When you feel confident enough to pass the multiple-choice exam, you should begin revising for the Hazard Perception test. This section is important because it has a real life relevance to driving, and yet is often neglected by learners. However, as you need to pass both sections of the theory test in order to pass, it's equally important. In order to score the pass mark of 45 points in the hazard perception test you must click the mouse button to identify developing hazards as soon as you see them.

Step Five:
Each clip contains either one or two key hazards, but you should click for each clue before it develops into a serious risk. If you fail to identify a hazard before it has developed into a dangerous situation, you risk scoring nothing. The maximum score for each hazard is 5; the earlier you click, the higher you will score.

Step Six:
In situations such as driving at night, it's a good idea to click once at the beginning of the clip in case the conditions are a cause behind a developing hazard. Be careful not to click continuously throughout the clip though, as this could result in scoring zero for the scenario

Advice from the DSA
The advice from the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) when preparing for your theory test is to study the Highway Code, learn your road signs and invest in the appropriate book for your category from DSA's Driving Skills series. Learners should take full advantage of the wealth of study material out their, regardless of their driving experience, to ensure success in both parts of the theory test.

Are you ready for your theory test?
The driving theory test is made up of two sections, a multiple choice exam and a hazard perception test. In order to prepare properly for both sections of the driving theory test, candidates should make use of the available resources both online and in print. Most book shops stock driving theory resources, whilst the DSA official online bookstore is also a good place to start. When you book your initial theory test, you will also receive a DVD called Are you ready? with your test booking confirmation letter. This DVD explains the theory test in full, so be sure to take the time to watch it.

What if I have to change or cancel my theory test?
In the event that you need to cancel or reschedule your theory test, you should give no less than 3 days notice if you don't want to lose your fee. To do this, you must call the theory test booking line on 0300 200 1122

Registering at the Test Centre
On the day of the test, you must arrive on site 15 minutes before the scheduled start of the exam to give you time to register. If you have a paper driving license with no photo, you must also bring a valid form of photo ID, such as your passport, to the test centre. The DSA accepts only original documents; photocopies are not allowed. The following forms of photo ID are accepted for both parts of the driving test in the UK: - A valid and signed UK (or NI) photo licence. You must present both the photocard licence and paper counterpart; or - A valid and signed UK (or NI) paper driving licence, along with a valid passport. This doesn't necessarily have to be a UK passport, but if you have a non-UK passport then you should check beforehand that you are eligible to take the UK driving test. PLEASE NOTE: FAILURE TO PRESENT A DRIVING LICENCE AND FORM OF PHOTO ID WHEN YOU ARRIVE FOR YOUR TEST, WILL MEAN THAT YOU CANNOT TAKE YOUR TEST AND YOU WILL LOSE THE PAYMENT FOR YOUR TEST. If you have any questions or issues with this requirement, call the Enquiry Line on 0300 200 1122.

Are there any facilities to help those with special needs?
There are several facilities provided by the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) for anyone with special requirements. These include foreign language voiceovers, extra time, British Sign Language interpretation and translator assisted tests. The above facilities must be requested at the time of booking, and are only available for candidates with special requirements.

What if English is my second language?
Voiceovers are available by request if English is not your first language and/or you have difficulties understanding English well; 21 languages are available with the theory test, allowing candidates to use headphones to listen to the questions and instructions. Each question will be read out to you automatically, and to hear the available answers you must tap the text on screen. If you want to hear the question again, you can do so by touching the question text on screen as often as required. The following languages are available for theory test voiceovers: Albanian, Arabic, Bengali, Cantonese, Dari, English, Farsi, Gujarati, Hindi, Kashmiri, Kurdish, Mirpuri, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Pushto, Spanish, Tamil, Turkish, Urdu, Welsh The above facilities must be requested at the time of booking, and are only available for candidates with special requirements.

My language isn't listed above, what do I do now?
If your language isn't available as a voiceover, you may request to have a translator present during your theory test. When making your booking, the centre advisor can provide a list of DSA approved translators for your language that you can contact. You have the responsibility over the booking and payment of the translator for your test.

I have reading difficulties, are there any facilities that can help me take my test?
Candidates with reading difficulties such as dyslexia may ask for a voiceover in Welsh or English. In addition to this, you may request extra time of up to twice the standard amount for the multiple choice exam. In this case you will be required to send proof of your reading difficulty to the customer service department looking after you theory test booking.

I have reading difficulties, are there any facilities that can help me take my test?
Candidates with reading difficulties such as dyslexia may ask for a voiceover in Welsh or English. In addition to this, you may request extra time of up to twice the standard amount for the multiple choice exam. In this case you will be required to send proof of your reading difficulty to the customer service department looking after you theory test booking.

What do I do if I've lost or misplaced my Certificate?
If you lose your theory test certificate you should ring the DSA customer service team as soon as possible on: 0300 200 1188. You will be given your Certificate number or sent a confirmation letter to prove that your pass result, enabling you to take your practical exam. Alternatively, if you happen to lose or forget your Theory Certificate on the day of your test, it's possible for the test centre to check online to confirm that you have passed your theory test. However, it is not guaranteed that the examiner will do this, and they have the authority to make the decision as to whether will be able to take your practical test that day. If, on the other hand, you lose or forget your provisional licence and/or the paper counterpart, you will definitely not be able to take your test, and you will forfeit your test payment and booking.

What if I lose my theory test booking number?
If you lose your theory test booking number, you should call the DSA customer service department team on: 0300 200 1188, and they can be requested to provide you with the booking number.

What if I've lost my passport? Am I able to use another form of ID?
You do not need to bring your passport if you have your appointment letter along with your provisional licence and paper counter part, as these provide adequate identification. However if you have an old licence that doesn't have a photo, a valid passport will be necessary and unfortunately the DSA will accept no other form of ID in this case. The reason why photo ID is required, is in order to stop people taking tests in the pretence of being the candidate. As a result, a valid passport is only accepted as a form of photo ID.

I've lost my provisional licence - do I need my driver number to replace it?
Not necessarily, when ordering a new provisional licence you can confirm your full name, date of birth and UK address as adequate identification, providing that none of the details have changed. For misplaced or stolen photocards and/or paper counterparts, duplicate licenses cost £22 and can be paid for over the phone by debit or credit card. In order to apply for a duplicate, call 0870 240 0009. This service is available on weekdays between 8am - 8.30 pm.

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Bookyourtheorytestonline.co.uk is not affiliated or associated with the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency or any other government department, and you can apply direct via www.gov.uk. Our prices include the standard cost of a theory test of £23.00 payable to the DVSA, and our additional £20.99 service fee, which includes re-tests upto 3 times T&C apply.