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Driving theory test: booking and taking your test

When you’re ready to take your driving theory test, you can book your theory test at a local test center using the guidelines given below. Always remember, without passing the driving theory test you cannot take practical test.

Booking your theory test

Its better if you book your test via the official government website, by doing this you don’t have to shell out a lot of money. If you go for an unofficial website, it may cost you more as compared to official website. You can find your nearest test center, cancel or book test date using official government website.

If you have special needs, such as hearing or reading difficulties, or if you need the test translated into another language, you may get extra help as well.

The test day

The multiple-choice test

Before you start the multiple-choice test, you will have a practice session of 15 minutes before you actually take the first part of the theory test.

In the multiple-choice test there are 50 questions: you will have to get at least 43 correct answers to pass the multiple-choice test. You’ll have 57 minutes for this part of the theory test.

The multiple-choice questions appear on-screen and you will have to use the mouse to choose the right answer. For some questions you will have to choose more than one answer. You will get a message, if you don’t choose enough answers. There are also case study questions, where you will be given a short story and you will have to answer five questions about it. If you are not sure about any of the questions, you can mark them and come back later to them.

The hazard perception test

When you are done with multiple choice part of the theory test, you can go straight on to the hazard perception part of the test or you can take a three-minute break. You can watch a short video before you start the test, which will show you how the hazard perception test works.

You will have to click on the mouse as soon as you see a developing hazard in the video clip. The faster you spot the hazard, the more points you score in the hazard perception test. You can score up to five points for each hazard. You will have to score at least 44 out of 75 points to pass the hazard perception test. Each film shows one hazard apart from one film, which has two.

If you click the mouse too much or if you click in a pattern, you will get a warning message and you will score no points for that particular film.

Getting your theory test results

You will get your results soon after you’ve finished the theory test. If you pass, you will get a letter with your pass certificate number on it. Make sure you keep this safely, as you will need the number when you book your practical test.

Your theory test certificate is valid for two years. If you don’t pass your practical test soon after your theory test, then you can take practical test again, within two years of validity.

If you misplace this letter you can log on to official government website to get a copy of it, you just need to provide your certificate number, to get your letter.

If you don’t pass the theory test, you will have to wait at least three working days before you can retake it. You can use this time to do some more preparation.

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