The Theory Test
The theory test is divided into two parts: multiple choice and hazard perception test. The multiple choice test consists of 50 questions. The candidate can select one or sometimes two answers from a group of four per question. Answers are transmitted by touching a computer screen.
The hazard perception test is also delivered on a computer screen where candidates will be shown 14 video clips of every day road and traffic activity. In each of the clips there will be one developing hazard and in one clip there will be two. To achieve a high score candidates need to click onto the developing hazard in its early stages. The maximum score per identified hazard is 5.
The pass mark for the multiple choice section is 44 out of 50 while for the hazard perception section it is 44 out of 75.
Steering Clear recommend that theory test candidates prepare by using the following DVDs and publications:
These publications can be obtained from Steering Clear, the DSA or any major high street stationers.
Steering Clear will assist and guide any theory test candidate free of charge.
The Practical Driving Test
The practical driving test is designed to determine whether the candidate can drive safely with due regard to other road users, and has fully understood and can implement everything they learnt for the theory test.
At the beginning of the test the candidate has to successfully read a number plate from a distance of 20.5 metres (the test will be stopped if the candidate fails to achieve this).
After this the candidate will be asked two safety questions which cover the preparation of the vehicle for the road. Possible questions range from fluid levels under the bonnet to measuring tyre pressures. Failure to answer one or both questions incorrectly will result in one driving fault being recorded. Steering Clear will ensure that candidates are properly prepared.
The driving test usually lasts 40 minutes and will follow a designated and uniform route which will include a range of typical road and traffic conditions. At some point in the test the candidate will be required to carry out 10 minutes of independent driving which will involve either following specific road signs or following a basic map of a number of set junctions. In both cases the examiner will explain the detail to the candidate before this phase of the test.
During the test candidates will be asked to carry out 1 or 2 specific driving exercises from the following:
It is important that throughout the test candidates drive according to the way that they have been taught by their driving instructor.
At the end of the test the examiner will advise the candidate if they have passed or failed. Up to 15 driving faults will result in a pass (16 or more will result in test failure), but one or more serious or dangerous fault will lead to an automatic fail. If the examiner considers the candidate to be a danger to other road users then the test will be stopped.
Candidates can book their theory or practical test by phoning the DSA on: 0870 01 01 372
Driving Test and Licence InformationThe theory test is an examination of a candidate’s knowledge of the laws and practices that govern driving in the United Kingdom.
Learner drivers who wish to sit the practical driving test must first of all pass the theory test. The theory test pass is valid for a period of two years which will give learner drivers enough time to train for the practical test.