Theory & hazard Perception Test
The theory test is made up of two parts - a multiple-choice part and a hazard perception part. You need to pass both parts to pass the theory test. If you pass one part and fail the other you'll fail the whole test, and you'll need to take BOTH PARTS again. If you pass your theory test, you'll get a pass certificate. You'll need this when you book and take your practical test, so it's important that you keep it safe. Your theory test pass certificate runs out after two years of passing your test. If you have not passed your practical test by then, you'll need to take and pass the theory test again.
The multiple choice part is delivered using a touch screen computer and mouse and the hazard perception part records your responses through the use of a computer mouse button.
Part one - multiple choice
At the start of the test you will be given clear instructions on how it works.
You can also choose to go through a practice session of the multiple choice questions.
This is a good idea as it gives you time to relax and get used to the way the screen looks and using the touch screen/mouse.
At the end of the practice session the REAL test will begin.
A question and several answer options will appear onscreen and you have to select the correct answer to the question by touching the screen or using the mouse. Some questions may require more than one answer.
You will be asked 50 questions .You can navigate between questions and ‘flag’ questions that you want to come back to later in the test.
The pass mark for the multiple choice part of the theory test is 43 out of 50 and
You are given 57 minutes to complete the test.
Part two – hazard perception
You will be shown a short tutorial video clip about how the hazard perception part works.
The hazard perception part is also delivered on a computer but you respond by clicking a button on the mouse. You will be presented with a series of 14 video clips which feature every day road scenes. In each clip there will be at least one developing hazard, but one of the clips will feature two developing hazards.
To achieve a high score you will need to respond to the developing hazard during the early part of its development. The maximum you can score on each hazard is five.
The pass mark for the car and motorcycle hazard perception part of the theory test is 44 out of 75.
When you have finished the test you may leave the examination room. Once you have left the room, you will not be allowed to enter it again. You will then be given your result by the test centre staff.
Bags & mobile phones are not allowed in the test room. Lockers are provided for their safe keeping while you take the theory test.
FURTHER INFORMATION & USEFUL LINKS
You can get a lot more information on this test, take a practice test and book it online by visiting the links below:
Book your official DSA driving theory test online
Find out more about the theory and hazard perception test
How to prepare for your theory test
Take a practice theory and hazard perception test