The driving theory test must be passed before a practical driving test can be booked.
The theory test has two parts; a multi-choice exam and a hazard perception exam,
you must pass both parts.
THE MULTI-CHOICE EXAMINATION:
The multi-choice exam is a computer-based test and lasts about 45 minutes. You will
be required to answer 50 multi-choice questions by touching the correct answer on
the screen. You must answer 43 questions correctly to pass this part of the test.
The questions cover a variety of topics relating to the Highway Code.
Before you start the test you will be given the opportunity to work through a practice
session for up to 15 minutes to get used to the system.
THE HAZARD PERCEPTION EXAMINATION:
The hazard perception exam will start 3 minutes after the multi choice exam has finished
and lasts about 20 minutes. Before the test starts, you will be shown a short tutorial
video that explains how the test works.
The exam consists of a series of video clips, shown from a driver’s point of view.
The video clips will show various driving situations. You will be required to recognise
and react to hazards as they develop. You should respond by pressing the mouse button
as soon as you see a hazard developing 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 your score.
Before each clip starts, there will be a 10 second pause to allow you to see the
new road situation. There are 14 clips with 15 hazards. 1 of the 14 clips contains
2 developing hazards.
AFTER THE TEST:
You will receive your result at the test centre within 10 minutes of completing the
test. You will be given a score for each part of the test. You will need to pass
both parts of the theory test. If you fail one part of the test you will have to
take the whole test again.