MyDrivingInstructor recommends that you pass the Driving Theory Test before booking your intensive driving course.
This is because it is not possible to book a Practical Driving Test for you until you have passed the Theory Test.
Although you can apply for your provisional driving licence 3 months before your 17th birthday you will not be able to take the test until you are 17 years old.
The are two parts to the test
- the multiple choice part
- the hazard perception part
Both parts of the test are taken on the same day and you must pass both parts to pass the Driving Theory Test.
When you pass you will be given a certificate which is valid for 2 years. You will need your theory certificate number to book your intensive driving course. We need your theory pass certificate number to be able to book your practical test.
The multiple-choice part
Before the test starts you’ll be given instructions on how it works.
You can choose to do a practice session of multiple-choice questions to get used to the layout of the test. At the end of the practice session the real test will begin.
A question and several possible answers will appear on a computer screen – you have to select the correct answer(s).
You can move between questions and ‘flag’ questions that you want to come back to later in the test.
Some questions will be given as a case study. The case study will:
- show a short story that 5 questions will be based on
- focus on real life examples and experiences you could come across when you’re driving
The multiple-choice part lasts for 57 minutes and the pass mark is 43 out of 50.
After the multiple-choice part you can choose to have a break of up to 3 minutes before the hazard perception part starts.
Hazard perception test scoring
The earlier you notice a developing hazard and make a response, the higher you will score.
The most you can score for each developing hazard is 5 points.
To get a high score you need to respond to the developing hazard as soon as you see it starting.
If you click continuously or in a pattern during a clip a message will appear at the end. It will tell you that you have scored zero for that particular clip.
You won’t be able to review your answers.
The pass mark for cars and motorcycles is 44 out of 75.
The hazard perception part
Before you start the hazard perception part, you’ll be shown a short video clip about how it works.
You’ll then be shown a series of 14 video clips on a computer screen. The clips:
- feature everyday road scenes
- contain at least one ‘developing hazard’ – but one of the clips will feature 2 ‘developing hazards’
A developing hazard is something that may result in you having to take some action, such as changing speed or direction.