Theory Test

The theory consists of two elements:

The first element consists of 50 multiple choice questions covering the Highway Code and general road safety. This section is designed to test your understanding of the theory behind driving. The second element is the Hazard Perception Test (HPT) and is designed to test your awareness of potential hazards whilst driving.

Training for the test:

There are many books available to help you prepare for your theory test. You will need to have knowledge of The Highway Code and understand the principles of road safety. You will be advised by your instructor of the best learning material to suit your needs. Not being prepared is the most common reason for failing the theory test, so don't rush, only apply when you are ready.

What happens after the theory test?

On completion of the test you will receive your results immediately. If you have failed don't give up, go back to your books and try again. Once you have passed the theory test, your instructor will advise when you reach the required standard to apply for the practical test. Remember; don't apply until you are ready. This way you should only need one test, and this will save you money.

How do I apply for the theory test?

You can complete an application form (TT26) and send it with your fee to the Driving Standards Agency, or you can make a telephone booking with a credit card on 0300 200 1122. Application forms are available from either your local test centre or from your driving instructor. Alternatively, you can book on-line using the DSA web site