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Before you can attempt your practical driving test, you will need to take and pass your theory test. Whilst it may at first glance, look like the easier test, it’s split into two parts – a multiple choice test of 50 questions, and a hazard perception test and costs £30 to take each time! You need to pass both parts in order to move onto taking your practical test and gaining your full licence. If you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed at the thought of your theory test, simply take into account these tips and hints to help you calm down, focus on the important things and pass your all-important theory test.


Actually book your theory test

Unfortunately, you won’t pass your theory test until you stop procrastinating and simply book it online. The 160 test centres across the country often fill up fast for every test slot, so booking early will help you get a date you want. To find your nearest test centre and book your theory test, simply visit the official government website.

When you’re booking your theory test, you’ll need to have both your provisional licence and your credit or debit card to pay the £30 fee.


Start reading up

The first half of your theory test consists of 50 multiple choice questions from a possibility of over 1000. In order to pass, you’ll need to get at least 43 correct answers. The DVSA (Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency) sells a theory test handbook which includes everything you need to know, example questions and useful tips. Ensure you have plenty of time to revise with this book leading up to your theory test.


Start practicing your hazard spotting

The other part of your theory test, your hazard perception test, is just as important. It’s made up of a variety of video clips where you have to identify a number of driving hazards. There are a number of websites where you can practice your hazard perception, looking out for cyclists, effectively scanning the road and identifying distractions.


Put aside time to properly revise

At Weekly Crash Courses, we love nothing more than to get things accomplished in a short amount of time, but when it comes to your theory test, there are no substitutions for proper revision. You theory test will be made up of 50 questions from a possible 1000 or more. You need to be comfortable answering any question the test presents you with at random.

Try and get family and friends to quiz you, and remember when it comes to your theory test, you’ll have to answer your 50 questions in 57 minutes.


Try taking a mock test

If you think you’re ready for your theory test, try taking a mock test on the government-run Safe Driving for Life website, although it only has the multiple-choice part of the theory test. If you don’t do well in your mock theory test, you have up until three days before your theory test to reschedule. There’s nothing wrong with giving your test a rain check if you really don’t feel like you can pass it!



Once you’ve passed your theory test, you’ll be all set to start your intense practical driving course and test with Weekly Crash Courses. For more information, give us a call on 07788 973 538 or get in touch online today.

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