To earn your UK driving licence, you are required to pass two tests: theory test and the practical test. The theory test consists of a multiple choice test and an interactive hazard perception test. You must pass both of these to successfully pass the theory test. If you pass one part of the test and fail the other part, you will need to retake the whole test.
MULTIPLE CHOICE QUESTIONS
There are 50 questions in the multiple choice test and you must answer 43 or more questions correctly to pass this part. You will be given instructions as well as a practice session to get used to the layout of the test. Once the practice session is over, you are able to start the actual theory test. All the questions are selected at random and cover all aspects of driving including road signage, correct driving procedures and safety on the road. You have the option to go back to review your answers to the questions before you submit all your answers.
Once you’ve finished the multiple choice part of the test, you will be presented with the hazard perception part of the test. There are 14 clips, each at around a minute long, with a total of 15 hazards within the clips. You are required to view all the clips and identify the hazards as they occur. Each hazard is worth a maximum of 5 points, with the points decreasing depending on how quickly you notice the hazard. To pass this part of the theory test, you need to get a minimum of 44 points out of 75. You will not be able to review any of your answers for this part so you only have once chance at getting it right.
If you have passed the test, you will receive a certificate informing you of this as well as your test score. The theory test is valid for 2 years, during which time you have to book and pass your practical driving test. If you don’t pass your theory test, you can rebook your theory test to take it after three working days.