The UK Driving Theory test has consistently been notoriously difficult to pass in the first attempt since it was reintroduced in 1996. The theory test is a vital part of your preparation for driving a motor operated vehicle in the United Kingdom. It is also a pre-requisite before you’re able to give the practical driving test.
Consider some recent Driving theory test statistics.
Great Britain Driving Theory Tests between April and June, 2017:
• Between April and June 2017 exactly 546,690 theory tests were conducted and only 279,074 of test takers managed to pass. This is a percentage rate of 51.1% approximately.
• The pass rate for car theory test takers was 48.6% while that for motorcycle theory test takers was 72.3%.
• Now, car theory tests account for 89% of all theory tests taken between April and June, 2017.
• The pass rates are somewhat better for Large Goods Vehicle (LGV) and Passenger Carrying Vehicle (PCV) tests.
As aspiring drivers would know, the exam consists of two parts:
I. Multiple choice questions
II. And a Hazard perception test.
The format requires taking both of these in a single day and you must pass both to obtain a Pass certificate. Following this you become eligible to apply for the full driving license to drive anywhere in Great Britain or even the EU.
Test type Pass marks Total Marks
Multiple Choice type 43 50
Hazard Perception 44 75
The second part of the test consists of videos where one has to identify potential accidents or distractions on the road while driving. The first part consists of questions on the following topics:
• The Highway code
• Traffic signs
• Essential driving skills
So, what is a typical question on the exam like?
Here’s one that appears on a DVSA practice page:
How can you use your vehicle's engine to control your speed?
o By changing to a lower gear
o By changing to a higher gear
o By selecting reverse gear
o By selecting neutral
The correct answer to this question is the first option, “By changing to a lower gear”.
Here are some questions for you to ponder:
What could be three situations where it is alright to overtake a vehicle from the left?
Where would you park your vehicle on a cycle lane marked by a solid white line?
If your vehicle breaks down on a motorway, what information will you be asked to give when you call emergency services?
What will happen if your motorcycle has un-aligned wheels?
When a driver is involved in a collision and both parties are injured, vehicles damaged, which four things must you note down?
When making a U-turn, which four things must you check for?
If you find these questions difficult, then you might want to get help. You can access DVSA study materials and practice tests absolutely free on their official web portal. Bear in mind though that the portal specifically absolves itself of responsibility for similar questions not appearing on the actual test. In such a situation, we recommend taking assistance from a web platform that uses modern heuristic techniques to predict and simulate the latest pattern of questions being asked.