DVLA Theory Test
You can take your DVLA Theory Test as long as you have a valid provisional license. Although a valid provisional license is from your 17th birthday, you can actually apply three months before your 17th birthday to receive your license. If you receive the highest rate of the disability living allowance then your provisional license is in effect from your 16th birthday.
Any car which you will be learning to drive in must be properly insured , taxed, should be roadworthy, and you can practice driving with an another driver who is over 21 years of age and has had a full license for at least three years. Any car you’re learning in must have L-Plates attached.
You have to take the theory driving test prior to the practical test. The DVLA theory test is computer-based and can be taken at numerous test sites in the UK. The test comprises two sections
Part One: Multiple Choice
Section one has 50 randomly selected multiple-choice questions, and in order to pass this section you must answer at least 43 correctly. There is a 15-minute practice session available prior to the test.
Part Two: Hazard Perception
Section two of the theory test covers hazard perception. There are 14 videos (each are about a minute in duration) and they basically test your awareness of potential hazards which you may face when driving. The videos contain various types of hazards, such as pedestrian and vehicle hazards, road conditions, and so on. The earlier you can spot a hazard that may require you to take some action to avoid, the higher your score will be.
Each hazard scores up to five pints and with a total of 15 hazards in the test, there are 75 points up for grabs. You must attain 44 points out of 75 to pass.
In order to pass the theory test, you’ll need to know the following things:
The Highway Code: Containing the most recent rules and advice on the laws of the road, this is essential reading. You’ll need to be able to understand all traffic signs, and these are detailed in the Highway Code.
Theory Driving Test & Hazard Perception Questions: There are several books published which contain the latest questions published by the Driving Standards Agency, and as with any type of exam doing a mock theory test or a practice theory test beforehand can be beneficial.
The Official DSA Theory Test for Car Drivers and The Official Highway Code 2008/09 Edition includes the entire bank of car theory test questions valid for tests taken from 1 September 2008, with the full DSA explanation of the answers. The CD-ROM allows users to test themselves and sit customized mock tests, making it the closest possible experience to the real thing. The CD-ROM also includes the latest edition of The Official Highway Code which provides the most up-to-date advice on road safety and rules of the road – buy yours now!
The DVLA Theory Test can be booked online here or by telephone on the following numbers with a debit or credit card:
Theory test booking line - 0300 200 1122
Welsh language booking line - 0300 200 1133
Minicom booking line - 0300 200 1166
Fax booking line - 0300 200 1177
If you give three working days notice you can amend or cancel your DVLA Theory Test by calling the numbers above or online here.