The Theory Test & Hazard Perception Test Overview

Your theory test will include two parts:

  • Part 1: Multiple-choice Test.
  • Part 2: Hazard Perception Test.

Both parts are done in the one session with a few minutes rest between. You have to pass both parts in order to pass the theory test, fail one part and you have to sit both again.

Now don’t worry about the tests; you sit in a room with a number of other people also doing them. You are all in your own cubicles so you can’t disturb or be disturbed by others. You look at a monitor and have a mouse.

The test starts and you answer multiple choice questions, check your answers, then finish. A few minutes later you move on to the hazard perception part. You are now shown 14 video clips. You click the mouse whenever you see a hazard; 14 clips later, you leave the room and collect your results from the desk outside.

ONCE YOU PASS THE THEORY TEST YOU NEED TO KEEP THE PASS CERTIFICATE YOU ARE GIVEN. IT CONTAINS A REFERENCE NUMBER THAT YOU NEED TO BOOK PRACTICAL DRIVING TESTS!!! KEEP THIS DOCUMENT SAFE


Part 1: Multiple-choice Test

To pass this test you need to demonstrate your knowledge of the Highway Code and a level of common sense. There are approximately 310 rules and a number of pictures or diagrams in the Highway Code. You could be asked questions from a bank of approximately 1400 questions. This basically means that you could be asked the same question five different ways - so it’s not that bad!!!!

During the multiple-choice part you have 57 minutes to answer 50 questions; to pass the test you need to score at least 43 out of 50.

Part 2: Hazard Perception Test

The hazard perception test starts a few minutes after the multiple choice questions part. You will be shown 14 video clips. 13 of these videos have one hazard in them and 1 video has 2 hazards; you never know when the 2 hazard video will pop up so you have to keep watching till the end of each video.

You click the mouse whenever you see a hazard or potential hazard. The sooner you identify the hazard, the higher you score on that video. The highest score you can get for each hazard is five. The pass mark is 44 out of 75.

Let’s say a video is 3 minutes long. It will show you looking through the windscreen of a vehicle at a typical road ahead of you; the car is driving down the road. At some point something will happen that could cause you to change speed or direction. This will be a mobile object such as a pedestrian or car, not something immobile like a road sign or turning.

WARNING The program is looking for cheating so avoid:

  • Clicking 3 times or more in quick succession.
  • Clicking in a pattern such as once every second.
  • If the program suspects you of cheating, you will get a message displayed and score zero for that video.

The cost of taking the test costs £23 and is available to book online. To find out more information, or if you would like to book your Theory Test & Hazard Perception Test, please click here.