The theory test costs £23.00
The driving theory test has two parts, part one is a multiple choice test of 50 questions and part two is a hazard perception test of 14 video clips in which you will have to identify 15 developing hazards.
You can use books and software to revise for the theory test and take practice tests.
The multiple-choice questions in the theory test are based on 3 books:
Study these to learn the rules and skills you’ll be tested on.
You can buy them from most high street and online book shops.
Take a practice theory test to check how much you’ve learnt.
The questions aren’t used in the real test, but they are based on the same topics as the test.
To prepare for this test you can use the official guide to hazard perception.
You can buy the guide in these formats:
You can also buy it as an interactive DVD from most high street and online book shops.
Some official books and software are translated into other languages by approved organisations.
However, you can only take the test in English, Welsh or British Sign Language.
There are 5 parts to the driving test:
The test is the same for both manual and automatic cars.
You’ll drive for around 40 minutes.
You’ll drive for around 70 minutes if you’re taking an extended driving test because you’ve been banned from driving.
You’ll have to read a number plate from a distance of:
New-style number plates start with 2 letters followed by 2 numbers, such as AB51 ABC.
You’ll fail your driving test if you fail the eyesight check. The test will end.
You’ll be asked 2 vehicle safety questions known as the ‘show me, tell me’ questions.
You’ll be asked the:
You’ll drive in various road and traffic conditions, but not on motorways.
The examiner will give you directions that you should follow. Driving test routes are not published, so you cannot check them before your test.
You’ll be asked to pull over and pull away during your test, including:
You might also be asked to carry out an emergency stop.
The examiner will ask you to do one of the following exercises:
You’ll have to drive for about 20 minutes by following either:
The examiner will tell you which you have to follow.
They’ll set the sat nav up for you. You can’t use your own sat nav.
If you can’t see a traffic sign (for example, because it’s covered by trees), the examiner will give you directions until you can see the next one.
The examiner won’t give you a fault for taking a wrong turning.
They’ll help you get back on the route if you do.
You can carry on if you make a mistake. It might not affect your test result if it’s not serious.
The examiner will only stop your test if they think your driving is a danger to other road users.