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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.
During a short section of the driving test you will be asked to either follow direction signs or to follow directions from a sat nav. This part of the test is known as independent driving. You will also be asked to demonstrate you can use an ancillary control safely (for example, washing the front windscreen).
For more information on the driving tests, including test fees and current pass marks, visit the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency website or telephone the DVSA Test Enquiries and Booking Centre on 0300 200 1122.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