Theory and Practical Tests

Theory and practical test, plus the introduction of the Independent driving


In this section you can find details of the new theory and hazard perception test that will be changing from 23rd Jan 2012 and the Independent driving section that was introduced in October 2010  

In order to obtain a full driving licence you will need to pass a theory and a practical test. Your journey to become a safe independent driver starts now and Bob will be with you all the way.



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                                                Theory test

A computorised test that is in two parts, one immediately, after the other. You will need to pass both parts in order to be successful. The first part (theory test) will be a series of multiple choice questions, answered using a touch-screen. The pass mark is 43 out of a possible 50 questions. The second part is a hazard perception test in which you will see a series of 14 video clips of every day scenes. You will be expected to spot  the potential hazard, and the then developing hazard by clicking a mouse early during its development.One of the clips has two developing hazards.The pass mark is 44 out of a possible 75.

Why not try the Driving Standards Agency's interactive mock test questions online click here


                  Taking your theory test if you have special needs


       For more information on what assistance that is offered Click here

              Changes to the theory test from 23rd Jan 2012


On Monday the 23rd January 2012 the DSA introduced new changes to the UK theory test for motorcycles, cars, van and HGV's.

The idea is that driving test candidates need to learn and understand the theory and gain the appropriate knowledge required to be a safe driver on the road and withdrawing access to the question and answers bank will stop people memorising questions and answers just to pass the theory test, which is very common from experience with learner drivers.

What is the difference between the old computer based theory test and the ones taken from 23rd January.

The major difference is with the question and answers that will be used on the new tests, before the changes, candidates would buy Cd's, DVD roms, use online websites or phone apps and if you practiced enough with a few of these resources or products, you could easily pass the real DSA test, because the used the same bank of questions and answers which meant you could get the same questions that you already knew the answers to without really understanding the actual theory behind it.

The DSA is introducing new questions and answers for the real test, and these will not be available to the public, so you still can buy phone apps, cd or DVD's or use online theory test websites, but no matter how many of these you use, none of the practice questions will appear on the real DSA  test word for word as it used to happen before!

So what does this mean for those preparing for a theory test in the UK from 23rd January onwards! First of all, you will now need to read and understand both the highway code and the new DSA Study materials

Amazon  have the required  material   Click here   as just memorising a set of questions / answers will no longer help you.

The bottom line is if you study and understand the theory including know what signs / road markings stand for, then you should not have a problem!

Good luck with passing the new test, as it is not any harder, you just need to change the way you study for it.


              From 4th October 2010 the Independent driving


Your practical driving test will include approximately ten minutes of Independent driving, It's not a test or your orientation and navigation skills.


See a video of how the independent driving will look Click here    

During the test you'll have to drive independently by either following

  • traffic signs
  • a series of directions
  • a combination of both

to help you understand where you are going when following verbal direction, the examiner will show you a diagram, an example of such diagrams are shown below.

       What happen if I you go off the independent route


If you ask for a reminder of the direction, the examiner will confirm them to you.


      What happens if you go off the independent driving route


If you go off the independent driving route it won't affect the result of your test unless you commit a driving fault.

If you go off the route or take a wrong turning, the examiner will help you get back onto route. You can then continue with the independent driving.


                 What happens if there are poor traffic signs


If there are poor or obscured traffic signs, the examiner will give you directions until you can see the next traffic sign. You won't need to know detailed knowledge of the area.


            Special needs and the Independent driving section


The Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has procedures to identify special needs and disabilities when you are booking your driving test. The examiner then knows which type of of special needs you have and so resonable adjustments can be made.

This could be by asking you which method you prefer:

  • following traffic signs
  • following a series of directions (a maximum of three), which is supported by a diagram

In some cases this may be shortened to just two directions.


                                                Practical Test


Congratulation on passing your theory test. Your certificate is valid for two years, once your driving has reached the appropriate standard, you may book a practical test.Your instructor will monitor your progress closely and will advise when best to apply for making the test appointment. To pass the test, it is essential that you are fully prepared for all its aspects which are structured as follows:-


                                                Eyesight check.


Before driving the car you will be asked to read a car number plate from a distance of 20.5 metres, or 20 metres for the new style number plates.

                                              Show me / tell me.


A test of knowledge of basic safety checks on your vehicle. These cover aspects such as tyre safety and legality, how you would check fluid levels, lights, brakes and power steering. You will be asked one ''tell me'' explanation question and one ''show me'' demonstration question. These will be explained to you during your practical lessons.


                                                Driving the car


A practical test lasts about 45 minutes, during this time you will be expected to demonstrate your ability to drive safely and show through your knowledge of the highway code how to deal with changing situations, whilst making progress. During the test you will be required to carry out one manouver and possible a controlled emergancy stop exercise.

                                To book a theory test Click here 

                                To book a practical test Click here 


                                              Test costs

The combined theory and hazard perception test is currently  £23.00

A weekday practical test costs  £62.00  (extended test for disqualified drivers £124.00)

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