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The theory test is comprised of two parts, multiple choice and hazard perception. You must pass both parts at the same time. The theory test must be taken prior to the practical driving test.

The test is conducted on a computer screen, where in the multiple choice section you will be asked 50 questions based around the highway code, you must get 43 correct answers to pass this section. There is a brief introduction and you can practice a few questions before the test begins. You will have 57 minutes to complete this part. If you are not sure of an answer you can 'flag' the question to return to it later.

When the multiple choice section is completed, the hazard perception part will begin. Which will start with a short tutorial clip to show you how this part of the test works. The test comprises of 14 videoclips of everyday driving. It is your task to spot emerging hazards in each clip. 13 clips have one emerging hazard and one clip has 2 hazards. An emerging hazard being one which you may have to change speed or direction to avoid. Each hazard can attract a maximum of 5 points and you must score a total of 44 out of 75 to pass this section.

It is best to study prior to taking the test and we can help with tutorials in car and out to best prepare you for the test.

Useful links

Highway Code http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/TravelAndTransport/Highwaycode/index.htm?cids=Google_PPC&cre=Highway_Code

DSA for booking tests and practice test questions online. http://www.dsa.gov.org.uk

Having passed your theory test you can go forward to taking your practical test.

The test will take you on a variety of road types covering things which you would have practiced prior to taking the test.

The examiner will mark driver errors on the basis of minor,serious and dangerous faults. You are not permitted to make any serious or dangerous faults during the course of the test which will last approximately 40 minutes.

Minor errors will be logged as you drive, you are permitted to make no more than 15 errors in total, but watch out for regular 'habitual' faults also as you cannot make 5 of these for the same issue.

You will also be asked to perform a manouvre during the test: which will involve reversing/parking you may also be asked to perform an emergency stop.

Another part of the test will be the independent drive, where you will be asked to drive following maps or signs for a period of 10 minutes. This is not a test of memory, but a way for the examiner to watch you driving by yourself without prompts.

The test will commence with an eyesight check and 2 'show-me tell-me' questions. At the end of the test the examiner will provide the results in a debrief.