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Help with theory test

Theory test

I’ll try to help you with the theory test which every learner needs to pass. You'll also receive valuable tips and information.

The theory test, what are the changes?

  1. From 28th September 2020, the car theory test has changed. It will include 3 multiple- choice questions based on a short video you'll watch.
  2. The change will make the theory test more accessible, especially to the people with a reading difficulty ( like dyslexia) learning disability. Highway Code
  3. In the current test format for learner car drivers, you are given 57 minutes to answer 50 multiple choice questions.
  4. You must score minimum of 43 to pass this part of the test.
  5. After the multiple choice questions, you will be asked to complete the Hazard Perception Test, which contains 14 videos interactive clips. To pass the Hazard Perception Test , you will need to achieve a minimum of 45 points out of a maximum of 75. You must pass BOTH parts of the test.
  6. You'll be pleased to hear that only part of the test that will be changing is the written case study scenario ( the one that forms part of your multiple choice Theory Test).
  7. However with the new style test , rather the reading case study scenario, you'll be required to watch a short 30 seconds silent video clip. You will then be asked three multiple choice questions based on what you have seen.
  8. Once you have watched the case study video and answered the three multiple choice  questions , you'll then move on to the Hazard Perception.
  9. The good news is that the scoring and the pass mark will stay the same.

Practical Test, what are the changes?

Your driving test will start with an eyesight check and some vehicle safety questions. The driving part of your test will last about 40 minutes.


Throughout the test your examiner will be looking for an overall safe standard of driving, including when you are carrying out the set exercises. You can make up to 15 driving faults and still pass the test (16 or more results in failure). However, if you commit one serious or dangerous fault you will fail your Driving Test.

The Driving and Vehicle  Standards Agency (DVSA) has confirmed that driving test in England , Scotland and Wales has changed from December 2017.

The changes   are designed to make sure new drivers have the skills they'll need to help them through a lifetime of safe driving.

The changes  will only apply to car driving tests to begin with. 

 The 4  driving test changes:


 1. Independent driving part of the test will increase to 20 min.

 2. Following directions from a sat nav 


  During the independent driving part of the test, most candidates will be asked to follow directions from sat nav.

 The examiner will provide the sat nav (a TomTom Start 52) and set it up. You won't need to set the route - the examiner will do this for you. So it doesn't matter what make or model of sat nav you practise with.

 One in 5 driving test won't use sat nav . You'll need to follow traffic signs instead.

 3. Reversing manoeuvres has changed.


  The reverse 'around a corner' and 'turn in the road' manoeuvres  

   will no longer be tested but you should be still taught them by

   your instructor.

   You'll be asked to do one of 3 possible reversing  manoeuvres     

    1. Parallel park at the side of the road

    2. park in a bay either driving in and reversing out, or reversing        
     in and driving out ( the examiner will let you know which you 

    have to do).


     3. Pull up on the right side of the road, reverse for 2 car lengts   
      and rejoin the traffic. 


     4. Answering a vehicle safety questions while you're driving.



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