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If you want to drive a car, you’ll need to pass the driving theory test before booking the car practical driving test. There are 2 parts to the theory test:
- the multiple choice part
- the hazard perception part
Both parts of the test are taken on the same day. The questions in the multiple-choice part and format of the hazard perception part, depend on what kind of vehicle you want to drive.
You need to pass both to pass the theory test.
After finally passing your Driving Theory Test and imagining how you’ll tackle the practical test, the last thing you want is to lose the pass certificate.
As you may know, in order to book your Practical Driving Test you will need your Theory Test certificate number. So if you can’t find this or have lost
your certificate it could stop you in your tracks. But the good news is, you can now retrieve your Theory Test certificate number online! Panic over!
How do I find my Theory Test pass certificate number?
Firstly, you’ll need to visit the Gov.uk website page and input your details to find your all-important certificate number. Luckily, the digital age has made this a quick and pain-free process which will allow you to go ahead with your practical driving test booking – all drama free! Follow This Link to take you to the site.
To find a lost Theory Test pass certificate number you’ll need to input:
- Valid driving licence number (Great Britain or Northern Ireland)
- First name
- Last name
NOTE: You will need to get a replacement letter to take to your Practical Driving Test.
If you have any questions, it’s best to contact the DVSA Theory Test Enquiries desk at firstname.lastname@example.org
Who needs to take the test?
Great Britain licence holders
In most cases you need to take the theory test before you can get your first full car driving licence.
However, there are exceptions.
If you hold a B1 licence (3 or 4-wheeled light vehicle) you don’t need to take the car theory test.
Adding new categories to your licence
You’ll need to take another theory test if you want a licence for a new category of vehicle.
For example, if you have a car licence and you want a motorcycle licence you’ll need to take the motorcycle theory test before taking the motorcycle practical test.
If you want to upgrade within a vehicle category you won’t normally need to take a theory test.
For example, if you have a full automatic car licence and you want a manual car licence you won’t have to take a theory test.
It’s your job to make sure you have the right licence. If you’re not sure if you need to take a theory test contact the Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) on 0300 200 1122 Who will be more than happy to help you.
How the theory test works
The theory test is made up of a multiple-choice part and a hazard perception part. You need to pass both parts to pass the theory test.
If you pass one part and fail the other you’ll fail the whole test, and you’ll need to take both parts again.
The questions in the multiple-choice test will depend on the category of vehicle you are hoping to get a licence for. For example, a motorcycle theory test will contain questions that don’t appear in any other test.
For the hazard perception test there are no separate versions for different vehicles, but the pass mark is different for them.
At the theory test centre
Here are a few theory test sites in our area and their links.
You aren’t allowed to take any personal items into the test room with you. All your personal items must be stored in the lockers provided.
If you’re found with any prohibited items in the testing room your test will be stopped, you’ll be asked to leave and you’ll lose your test fee.
Once you’re in the test room you aren’t allowed to talk to or distract other candidates.
The multiple-choice part
Before the test starts you’ll be given instructions on how it works.
You can choose to do a practice session of multiple-choice questions to get used to the layout of the test. At the end of the practice session the real test will begin.
A question and several possible answers will appear on a computer screen – you have to select the correct answer. Some questions may need more than one answer.
You can move between questions and ‘flag’ questions that you want to come back to later in the test.
Some car and motorcycle questions will be given as a case study. The case study will:
- show a short story that 5 questions will be based on
- focus on real life examples and experiences you could come across when you’re driving
The car and motorcycle multiple-choice part lasts for 57 minutes and the pass mark is 43 out of 50.
After the multiple-choice part you can choose to have a break of up to 3 minutes before the hazard perception part starts.
The hazard perception part
Before you start the hazard perception part, you’ll be shown a short video clip about how it works.
You’ll then be shown a series of 14 video clips on a computer screen. The clips:
- feature everyday road scenes
- contain at least one ‘developing hazard’ – but one of the clips will feature 2 ‘developing hazards’
A developing hazard is something that may result in you having to take some action, such as changing speed or direction.
Hazard perception test scoring
The earlier you notice a developing hazard and make a response, the higher you will score.
The most you can score for each developing hazard is 5 points.
To get a high score you need to respond to the developing hazard as soon as you see it starting.
If you click continuously or in a pattern during a clip a message will appear at the end. It will tell you that you have scored zero for that particular clip.
You won’t be able to review your answers.
The pass mark for cars and motorcycles is 44 out of 75.
Your test result
You will be given the results of your theory tests at the test centre after taking it.
If you pass your theory test, you’ll get a pass certificate. You’ll need this when you book and take your practical test.
Your theory test pass certificate lasts for 2 years after taking your test. If you haven’t passed your practical test by then, you’ll need to take and pass the theory test again.