Your Theory Test

The theory test 

Once you have your provisional, you can apply for your theory test. You can get the application form from your driving instructor or apply online at GOV.UK. You'll need your driver number and payment details to hand.


Preparing for your theory test

Two books you'll find helpful are:

  • The Highway Code
  • Know Your Traffic Signs.

It's also a good idea to take mock theory tests on the GOV.UK website.

There is a list of appropriate ID on the back of your appointment card.

  • You must bring your photocard licence (both parts) and appointment card to the test with you
  • If you only have a paper licence you must also bring photographic identification and an example of your signature.

The test has two parts to it:

  • Multiple Choice Theory Questions
  • Hazard Perception Test.

Before you start the test, you can practise for 15 minutes on the computer.

The Multiple Choice section consists of 50 questions which you answer using a touch screen.
You must get 43 out of the 50 questions correct within the 57 minute time limit.

After a break of up to 3 minutes, you do the Hazard Perception Test.

There is a tutorial first to show you how it works.

The test has 14 video clips, each lasting about 1 minute. Your aim is to spot the hazards which could be pedestrians, other vehicles or road conditions. Each video clip has one hazard, but one clip will have two hazards, giving 15 hazards per test.

You can score up to 5 points for each hazard. The earlier you identify the hazard, the higher your score. To pass, you must get at least 44 out of 75.

If you fail either part of the test you fail the entire test.

Good luck!


For further information contact the DSA on 0300 200 1122. Click here for other ways to get in touch with the DSA.