You’ve decided that you’re ready to take your driving theory test, and you’re wondering what the next steps are. This guide will take you through everything you need to know, from booking your test to taking it.

Booking the Theory Test

When you are ready to book your theory test, it is best to do it through the official GOV.UK website. Unofficial sites may charge you more to book it, or you may end up not getting a booking at all.

The Theory Test will cost £23 to book. You can change your test date up to 6 times, and may cancel it within 3 working days of your test date.

If you have any special needs that may affect how you take your theory test, you should check the GOV.UK Special Needs information page.

Taking the Theory Test

The driving theory test is split into the following two parts:

The Multiple Choice Section

Before taking the multiple choice section, you will have 15 minutes to use the practice test that will be provided for you. This is a chance to get accustomed to the format of the theory test, how the questions are laid out and how quickly you will need to answer them.

During the multiple choice section, questions will appear on the screen with 4 potential answers. You need to click whichever answer you think is correct. You will have 57 minutes to complete this section.

The Hazard Perception Section

The second part of the theory test is the hazard awareness section. This involves watching 6 video clips of a car driving through roads and residential areas, and clicking the screen every time you see a hazard emerging. Again, you need a score of at least 44/75 (86%) to pass the hazard perception test. You must pass both the multiple choice and hazard perception tests in order to pass the overall theory test.

Clicking the mouse too much can actually reduce your score, so make sure you only click once when you think you see a hazard.

What to bring with you

Your theory test will be taken at your local theory test centre that you have booked for. The only document that you need to bring with you to your theory is your photo-card driving license. And remember, you must not take any documents with you into the exam room – you will be provided with a locker to store them in during the test.

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