The Theory Driving Test
The theory driving test is the first test you must take, although you do not have to have passed it before you begin driving on the road. You will take the theory test at a local theory test centre. The first part of the theory test is a multiple choice test of questions chosen randomly from a question bank. The second part of the test is called 'Hazard Perception' and involves watching video clips of driving situations in which you must spot the developing hazard as quickly as possible. Both parts of the test are conducted at a computer screen and must be passed at the same time.
The examiner will firstly test your eyesight by asking you to read a number plate from the required distance. Providing you pass this test you will then be asked 2 questions relating to the vehicle safety checks that should be carried out before beginning a journey. You will be required to show or tell the examiner what you would do and for this it may be necessary for you to open the bonnet of your vehicle.You will then be asked to get into your vehicle and, before setting off, the examiner will explain to you how you will be given direction instructions.
During a short section of the driving test you will be asked to either follow direction signs or to follow a series of directions. This part of the test is known as independent driving.During the test you are allowed to make 15 driving faults. However 1 serious or dangerous fault will result in failure.
For more information on the driving tests, including test fees and current pass marks, visit the Driving Standards Agency website at www.direct.gov.uk/drivingtest or telephone the DSA Test Enquiries and Booking Centre on 0300 200 1122. Additionally there are various recommended publications which will help you prepare for your tests and these are available for purchase or loan to pupils of Ellen Driving Tuition.Whilst every effort is made to keep the information here up to date and correct, we can accept no responsibility for inaccuracies.
For more details, see the DVLA website; www.dvla.gov.uk