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The UK Theory Test

The UK driving test is a test which drivers must pass to obtain a driving licence. Different tests are available for users  of different vehicles from car drivers to motorcyclists and LGV drivers.

The test is separated into three distinct parts:

    • The theory test
    • The Hazard Perception test
    • The Practical test

It is necessary to pass all three parts before a full driving licence is granted.


 Some sites will charge for booking your test. There is absolutely no need to pay a test booking fee. Make sure you use the official DSA booking site. 

To book your Theory test click HERE

The Driving Theory Test

The theory test is a computer based multiple choice exam, it is very simple to understand and needs no previous experience.

The HAZARD PERCEPTION part of the test is also computer based and is designed to test your reaction to developing situations. This is something you will learn starting with your first practical lesson.

If you have access to a computer, there are a number of excellent software programmes available to prepare for both tests. Full guidance and support will be given in conjunction with your practical lesson. 

The nearest test centres for this area are Preston and Bolton and the current test fee is £31.00

What is the theory test?

The theory test consists of two parts: 

1. 50 multiple choice questions

2. Hazard Perception test comprising 14 video clips, each clip lasting around a minute. You will find a total of 15 hazards.

You have to pass both multiple choice and Hazard Perception parts at the same test appointment to attain an overall pass.

Should you pass 1 part and fail another, you will need to book another appointment to take both elements of the test again.

 The test is completed under exam conditions in a dedicated theory test centre entirely on a touch screen computer (you have the choice of using a mouse if you prefer).  Headphones will have to be used throughout the entire test.

 A voice-over may be requested where the questions and answers are automatically read out for individuals with reading difficulties or for whom English isn't their first language.

Who has to take a theory test?

If you are a learner driver you have to take and pass your theory test before you can book your practical test.  

UK licence holders 'you have to take a theory test if you want a licence for a new group of vehicle, for example, for those who have a car licence and you also want a motorcycle licence you will have to take a theory test.  If however, you would like to upgrade within a vehicle category you will not normally have to take a theory test, for instance, for those who have a full automatic car licence and you also want a manual car licence you won,t have to take a theory test.  It is your responsibility to ensure you possess the correct licence for the vehicle you're driving.