Driving tests are one of the most boring yet an important task that you must do before you hit the road alone. It was introduced on 1st July 1997 and till now is the most crucial step to become a full driver in the UK.
Here are few frequently asked questions by most of the learners while preparing for the theory test.
- Who sets the theory test?
Since you are going to hold a license by the government, it must be more or less clear to you that the test will be taken by a governmental organization. In the UK, the test is conducted by DVSA (Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency). Moreover, DVLA (Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency) issues you your driving license.
- How much a driving theory test costs and its validity?
The current cost for the theory test in the UK is £23.00 and is valid for up to 2 years.
- Where do you have to sit during the theory test?
You will have your test at an assigned DVSA driving theory test centre. To learn more, visit the government site.
- How is the theory test taken?
The test is computer-based and is taken at DVSA test centre. Candidate is required to answer two exam papers on the same day. You need to pass both the papers before opting for a practical test. The first paper consists of multiple-choice questions, whereas the second one has questions related to hazard perception.
- How many marks do you need to pass the test?
To pass the test, you need to score 43 or more out of 50. Moreover, in hazard perception test you need to score 44 out of 75. According to studies, the current pass rate in only 47.3%, which implies that more than half of the people who appear in the theory test fail to clear it.
- How is the theory test set?
In multiple-choice questions, you need to correctly answer 50 questions based on safety, attitude, road signs, alertness and much more. You will be given 57 minutes to complete the test and should score 43 or more to pass the test. Moreover, you also have the option to go through a sample test and your test will begin after the end of the sample test.
- What questions you should expect in your theory test?
There are 14 official question categories in the test namely –
- hazard awareness
- motorway rules,
- other kinds of vehicles
- traffic and road signs
- safety measures
- safety margins
- vulnerable road users
- vehicle handling
- What if you arrive late?
You must arrive at the centre 15 minutes before the test, if you are late you won’t be allowed to do the test and will lose your fee too.
- What if you fail or lose your certificate?
You can rebook for the test after three clear working days. For the certificate, contact the agency, they will provide you with a replacement certificate or certificate number.