As a new learner you might have already started studying for your theory test, or maybe you just think it is just something that slows you down getting your licence. Unfortunately, it is a necessary evil, but it doesn’t have to be a painful endeavour. To help you through it, Driving Test Success has compiled some top tips which will make life a little easier.
Know what to expect
There are two parts to the theory test:
- Multiple-choice – 57 minutes long, 50 questions. To pass this section you need 43 correct answers.
- Hazard Perception – 14 x 1-minute videos. To pass this section you need 44 points out of 75.
You’ll need to pass both parts of the theory test to get your hands on that lucrative certificate!
The multiple-choice part of the exam is straightforward; simply get 43 of the 50 questions correct to pass. The last 5 multiple choice questions are case study based and feature a real-life situation you could come across when driving.
The Hazard Perception contains 14 clips each featuring at least one scorable hazard. You need to click the mouse whenever you see a developing hazard - this can be anything that would make you change the speed, direction or even stop the vehicle. Each scorable hazard carries a maximum of five points and the sooner you spot the hazard, the more points you’ll score. Be warned though, one of the videos will contain two scoreable hazards, so keep your eyes peeled.
So, now you know what’s involved, here are our tips to help you pass your theory test first-time:
Book your test
Get your theory test booked. Remember, it’s important to give yourself enough time to revise. Make sure you use the official government website, as there are sites that will charge you a booking fee. You will need your provisional licence and a bank card to hand, and it’ll set you back £23.
Put the time in
It's all about putting in the hours… Did you know there are 777 official DVSA revision questions that you need to learn? Be aware though that the questions you’ll be asked on the test will be worded slightly differently, so it’s important that you use the official explanations to help you understand each question and not just learn by rote. Even if it is only 5 minutes a day, every little helps.
Don’t be fooled by the hazard perception...
Make sure that you have a revision tool that contains a good selection of clips covering different road conditions and environments. There is no point revising from the same clips over and over again, as you’ll soon learn where the hazard is and how to score top marks.
Take mock tests
By taking mock tests, you’ll get a good idea of how you’re getting on. If you’re consistently passing, you’ll know you’re test ready. But if you are failing or stumbling over certain questions, concentrate your revision on these areas to improve for next time – you’ll get there!
As your test date approaches, it’s important to remember that you can change the date of your test if you feel you’re not ready. Just make sure that you give at least 3 clear working days’ notice.
Food for thought…
Over £23 MILLION was spent on failed theory tests last year alone, that’s over 745,000 tests! Unfortunately, so many people rely on free products to help them prepare for their test, not knowing that these only contain a sample of the training tools needed to pass the test. For the sake of a few pounds, it’s worth investing in a decent revision tool that contains everything you need, otherwise you’re just throwing your test fee down the drain.