Theory test

Before a practical driving test date can be obtained the Theory & Hazard Perception test must be passed.


The Theory test is divided into two parts, both taken at the same time:


1. A multiple choice test comprising 50 questions covering all aspects of the Highway Code, road law and vehicle handling. The pass mark is 43.


2.A hazard perception test consisting of a series of video clips of actual road hazards that need to be identified.The pass mark is 44 from a possible 75.

Practical test

The Driving Standards Agency recommends that most learners take at least 45 hours of professional tuition lessons and at least 20 hours with friends and family. 


As all learners are different, some will pass more quickly than others.

The driving test should not be attempted until you are able to drive independently of your supervising driver.


The driving test starts with an eyesight check and two vehicle safety questions.

The driving part of the test will last about 30 minutes.


Throughout the test the examiner will be looking for an overall safe standard of driving, including when carrying out one of the set exercises.

The emergency stop is carried out in 1/3rd of all driving tests.


Up to 15 minor driving faults can be recorded to pass the test (16 or more results in failure). However, if you commit one serious or dangerous fault you will fail the test.


Elaine will be able to advise on all of these points to give the best preparation to achieve a test pass.

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