The theory test was made compulsory in July 1996 and from November 2002 the test was extended to include a hazard perception part. Later changes also included a case study part in the test.
The theory test is thought to be easier than the practical test. However, the slightest of errors can get you a low score and cause delay in getting a license. The test incorporates two sections and the first part consists of 50 multiple choice questions. Since this is a screen-based test, you just need to click on the right option and move to the next question.
Multiple Choice Questions
First things first, pay acute attention to the questions and what they ask. Sometimes you are asked to give two or more correct answers. You should concentrate on the question and its meaning and then attempt it. The time allowed for this test is 57 minutes and time management is essential. Always keep an eye on the time left and adjust your pace accordingly. If you have time remaining after you finish your test, review and recheck the answers you have given. There might be some questions which you have saved for doing in the end, answer those questions.
If you answer at least forty-three questions correctly, you will pass the test. Hence, every question counts and you should try to get the highest score you can.
The hazard perception part
After the first part, you can have a break of three minutes before you start on the hazard perception section. Make sure you understand this part correctly before you start to attempt it. A video is shown in the beginning to explain the test; watch it with your full concentration.
It is a fun test and you will enjoy doing it. The test consists of 14 video clips. On thirteen out of these, there will be one developing hazard and on the remaining one, there will be two developing hazards. The sequence is random with the video of two developing hazards being shown at any time. When you see a hazard, you have to click and if you see that it is developing, you have to click again. Spotting the hazard earlier can lead to a higher score. If you click at random, you will be awarded zero for clicking in an inappropriate manner. The hazard test lasts 20 minutes and the passing score is 44 out of 75.
If you fail the test (we hope not), you must wait three working days before a retake. The best way to prepare for this part of the test is by developing your observation skills behind the wheel or when you occupy a car as a passenger. Examples of hazards can be warning triangular signs, pedestrians and cyclists, vehicles coming from junctions and driveways and narrow roads with cars parked. Other examples include bends and roundabouts or road-works signs.
Let’s look at some examples of hazard video clips. For instance, you are going to a driveway and a vehicle is waiting to come out. This is a potential hazard and you need to click on the mouse. Once you get closer, the vehicle starts to move, click again. The test may seem easy but the timing of your clicking is essential.
Follow these tips and give the test your all. Good luck!
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