Driving Theory Test

Driving Theory Test - Tips and Preparation

It might not have the limelight of the practical test, but the theory test is just as vital. Where the practical test assesses how you operate the car in real-world conditions, the theory ensures you can bide by the rules of the road and keep both you and your fellow motorists safe.

In order to pass the theory test, you need to approach it the same you might a school exam. Your level of preparation will reflect in your scores of both the multiple choice and the hazard perception sections, so it needs to be solid. Not only will this help you progress to the practical test, but also save you from spending more money and time taking your theory again.

Theory prep - multiple choice

The first section of the test will challenge your knowledge on various driving factors and abilities, including alertness, driving attitude, safety, vulnerable road users, road conditions and road and traffic signs, among other areas.

Questions will be based on the information from three key books: The Official Highway Code, The Official DVSA Guide to Driving - the Essential Skills and Know Your Traffic Signs. In preparing for the theory test, getting these three books for your own use is imperative; not only will they help you answer the test’s questions, but they will also give you background as to why these answers are correct.

Driving Theory Test

While preparing for the theory test, make sure you put into practice on the road what you’ve been learning from your studies. This is a great way to both remember certain elements and also understand them better in a real-world situation. Remember, you also have a driving instructor to ask for guidance regarding theory elements.

Of course, the most popular approach is to do plenty of practice tests online. This is a great way to get used to the test itself, but you’ll need to remember that the practice questions won’t be exactly the same as the ones you’ll face in the actual test centre. When taking practice tests, use your initial attempt to set yourself targets for each subsequent run of the test; you’ll need to get 43 out of 50 correct to pass, so work towards this as a final target.

Theory prep - hazard perception

The hazard perception test is a tricky one to prepare for, but you can still practice at home via the DVLA’s official guide. The test effectively examines your ability to see hazards ahead and identify them as such by clicking on the screen as soon as you see it.

Being out on the road is again a good way of helping and getting your mind to work in such a way that it can see hazard nice and early. The quicker you see them in the test, the more points you’re awarded, so it pays to be fast to notice them.

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