UK theory test is the test which is applied by the Driving Standards Agency to evaluate your theoretical driving knowledge. The theory test takes place at the Theory Test Centre. There are approximately 200 Theory Test Centres in the UK for you to choose from (nearest distance etc.)
To apply for the theory test you need a provisional license (you will be asked for its number), a theory test certificate (you will be asked for its number and the date that you passed it) and a valid debit or credit card for payment (Visa, Mastercard, Delta, Visa Electron and Solo cards are accepted).
The easiest way to apply for a theory test is by using the online application form, but you can also call 0300 200 1122 from 8:00 am til 6:00 pm or apply by post. Payment can also be made by cheque or postal order, but cash payments are not accepted. A completed application form, with the appropriate fee should be sent to the: Driving Standards Agency, PO Box 280, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE99 1FP.
After booking your theory test it is important to check its status - has it been confirmed, when and where it has been scheduled etc. During the checking of the status, you will be asked for the number of your provisional license, your surname and date of birth.
If you would like to cancel or change (the place, date, time etc.) of the previously booked theory test, you can do it at least 3 working days prior to the scheduled date of the theory test. In the case of a cancellation you should get a full refund of the test fee.
The multiple choice part is taken using a touch screen computer. Before the test starts you will be given instructions on how the test works. you may also choose to go through a practice session of the multiple choice questions to get used to the layout of the test and touch screen. Only one question will appear on screen at a time and you will be able to navigate between questions, changing answers if necessary. You can even mark (flag) questions that you want to return to later. The multiple choice part requires you to answer the questions by touching the correct box on the actual computer screen. Some questions may require more than one answer. Some multiple choice questions will be provided as a case study. The case study will show a scenario that the question will be based on. The subject of the scenario focuses on real life examples and experiences that drivers could face when driving. There are 50 questions in the multiple choice part and you will have 57 minutes to answer them. You will have passed the multiple choice part if at least 43 questions have been answered correctly.
After the multiple choice part you may choose to have a break of up to three minutes before the hazard perception part begins.
You can obtain the results of your theory test on the same day, immediately after finishing the hazard perception test and leaving the examination room.
Tips for the day of UK theory test:
• Take all the required documents - both parts of your valid provisional license (the photocard and its paper counterpart). In case you have an old-style license without a photo you must also bring a valid passport.
• Last minute driving theory revision should be done to ensure that it is fresh in your mind!
• Make sure you know the location of the Theory Test Centre and how to get there!
• Do not be late! It’s better to plan an extra 15 minutes for transportation to the Theory Test Centre!
In case the worst happens and you fail in the theory test, you will have to wait at least three working days before being able to take the theory test again.