Theory Test

However advanced your driving skills may already be, you cannot take your practical driving test until you have successfully passed the theory test.

There are 2 parts to the theory test:

  • the multiple choice part
  • the hazard perception part

Both parts of the test are taken on the same day. The questions in the multiple-choice part and format of the hazard perception part depend on what kind of vehicle you want to drive.

You need to pass both to pass the theory test.

Multiple choice test

A question and several possible answers will appear on a computer screen – you have to select the correct answer. Some questions may need more than one answer. The multiple choice section of the test lasts 57 minutes, and the pass mark is 43 out of 50.

Hazard perception test

You’ll be shown a series of 14 video clips on a computer screen. The clips:

  • feature everyday road scenes
  • contain at least one ‘developing hazard’ – but one of the clips will feature 2 ‘developing hazards’

A developing hazard is something that may result in you having to take some action, such as changing speed or direction.

The earlier you notice a developing hazard and make a response, the higher you will score. To get a high score you need to respond to the developing hazard as soon as you see it starting.

The pass mark for cars and motorcycles is 44 out of 75.

Your test result

You will be given the results of your theory tests at the test centre after taking it. If you pass your theory test, you’ll get a pass certificate. You’ll need this when you book and take your practical test.