Theory Test- 1st stage of driving test success :-)
The theory test is in 2 parts, taken in 1 sitting and consists of 50 multiple choice questions and 14 hazard perception clips. You need to answer 43 out of 50 questions correctly and score 44 out of 75 in the hazard perception section to pass the test. This is the foundation for driving so you need to know your stuff!!.
You need to pass the theory test before you can book your driving test, but you can start your driving lessons while you study the theory side of things. I would advise against attempting the theory test without having practiced with hazard perception clips / having some lessons first.
I teach driving theory during my driving lessons however, home learning for the tests using the theory/hazard perception software is required. Real life 'on the road' experience during driving lessons with a good-quality instructor will ensure you have all the right skills to comfortably pass the 1st stage of your journey to attaining your full licence.
Training aids are widely available from the high street, online, larger supermarkets, or you can order directly from www.tsoshop.co.uk Alternatively, I can supply them to you for a small deposit which is fully refundable provided they are returned to me in the same condition. You need to read and study the Highway Code which is available on my downloads section. I recommend you to also read "Driving the Essential Skills" - a DSA publication. My personal favourite is "Learn to Drive" - an all in 1 book by Haynes with a red mini + L Plate on the front.
To book, change or cancel your theory test, please call DSA directly on 0300 200 1122 during office hours or visit www.direct.gov.uk/theorytest
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On the day of your theory test, you need to provide the test centre with your licence (photocard and paper counterpart). If you have an old style licence without photograph, you'll need to provide your Passport (no other form of ID will do). It's advisable to bring your DSA letter of confirmation too.
If you need to cancel/change your theory test booking, you need to provide 3 clear working days notice to DSA or you will lose your fee. To clarify, this means, for example, if your test is booked for a Friday you need to cancel on Monday !
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