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The DVSA Driving Theory Test Consists of 50 multiple-choice questions that are taken from a bank of over 1000 DVSA theory test questions, all based on the Highway Code and road safety matters.
The questions will include a case study - a scenario on which five questions will be based. The case study will involve a real life situation that a driver could face whilst driving and aims to assess your understanding of road safety issues and not simply your knowledge of it.
14 Categories Divide The Questions: For a detailed explanation of each category, including the essential facts you need to know, and category specific DVSA practice questions, click on the links below or those on the theory test main page.
Safety and your vehicle
Vulnerable road users
Other types of vehicle
Rules of the road
Road and traffic signs
To Book The Theory TestOnline: book using the DVSA website.
Phone: call 0300 2001122. Have your credit/debit card and provisional driving licence number with you. You will be given the date/time of your theory test immediately.
Post: obtain a theory driving test booking form from your ADI, any theory or driving test centre, by calling 0300 2001122 or you can download the form.
The Test Is TakenThe theory test exam is taken using a touch screen computer. You'll have a fifteen-minute practice session before the theory test begins. Only one question will appear on screen at a time and you will be able to navigate backwards/forwards through the questions assessing answers and changing them if necessary.
Pass MarkYou will need to answer 43 correct questions from a exam consisting of 50 questions.
Duration57 minutes. The computer will indicate throughout how much time remains.
Cost£23. This price includes the hazard perception test.
Required documentsTake to the test centre both parts of your provisional licence - the photocard and the paper counterpart.
If you have an old-style licence without a photo you must also bring a valid passport.
Failure to present these documents will result in your test being cancelled. You should also take your appointment card or booking number.
Speak a foreign Language?If English is not your first language, or you can't read or write in English to a fair standard then you can take the theory exam using a voice-over in one of 21 different languages:
Albanian, Arabic, Bengali, Cantonese, Dari, English, Farsi, Gujarati, Hindi, Kashmiri, Kurdish, Mirpuri, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Pushto, Spanish, Tamil, Turkish, Urdu, Welsh.
If you are unable to use any of the above languages, you can arrange to use a translator, at your own expense.
LocationThere are over 163 test centres throughout the UK. For a list of them ask your instructor, call the dsa info line on 0300 2001122 or take a look at our theory test centre list.
If you failYou will have to wait a minimum of three working days before you can take the theory driving test again. You can, however, apply to take it the day after your initial failure.
Preparation and Practice Practice by reading the DSA Highway Code. A free web version is available here. There are also many books, cd-roms containing the official driving theory test questions. The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) have their own official theory practice test questions and our mock theory tests are just as useful.
Pass RateThe theory driving test pass rate is 62.9%.
ResultsYou will receive your results before you leave the theory centre.
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