To get a full driving licence you have to first pass both the Practical and the Theory driving tests.
To to able to take the Practical Test, you must first have to take and pass the Theory Test.
The theory test is a computer-based test and consists of two parts: multiple choice and hazard perception
About the Theory and Hazard Perception Test
The current fee to take the test is £23.00 (from 1st October 2015) which covers the cost of the Hazard test.
You are asked 50 multiple choice questions. The pass mark is 43 or more and the time allowed to complete the test is 57 minutes.
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The hazard perception test is the second part of the driving theory test and is taken a few minutes after completing the multiple choice questions.
For the Hazard Perception Test the questions are made up of 14 clips, the pass mark is 44 out of a possible 75.
For the Large Vehicle Theory Tests (LGV and PCV)
The current fee to take the test is £26.00 and £11.00 (from 1st October 2015) for the Hazard part of the test.
Bus, Coach and Lorry drivers will be tested on 100 questions and need to correctly answer 85 of the 100 to pass the multiple choice part of the test.
The number of hazard perception clips questions is 19 and the pass mark is 67 out of 100.
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Another theory test change for the bus, coach and lorry drivers, which is being made at the request of the industry, is to split the test into two parts. This will allow candidates to take the multiple choice element separately from the hazard perception element; and in either order. This change aims to avoid potential recruits being put off entering the industry due to the length of the test as a single event.
For the ADI (Driving Instructor test)
The current fee to take the test is £81.00 (from 1st October 2015) which covers the cost of the Hazard test.
The test is made up of 100 questions, split into four categories:
~ road procedure
~ traffic signs and signals, car control, pedestrians and mechanical knowledge
~ driving test, disabilities, and the law
~ publications and instructional techniques
The overall pass mark for the multiple choice part of the test is 85 per cent - ie 85 out of 100 questions answered correctly. However, you must reach a minimum mark of 80 per cent - 20 correct questions out of 25 - in each of the four categories.
For the hazard perception test of 14 clips, the pass mark is 57 out of a possible 75.
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Taking your theory test if you have special needs
The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) provides a number of facilities for those people with special requirements, including Voiceovers (available in English and Welsh only), extra time, British Sign Language (BSL) if you’re deaf or have hearing difficulties.
Contact the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) to discuss any other special needs before booking your test.
A list of these special needs facilities and contact details can be found at the Gov website.