You need to take seriously the need for theory test preparation so that after passing the theory test you can better anticipate and respond to road markings, road signs, other road users and both static and dynamic hazards. The car theory test is made up of two parts. The first part is the multiple choice test. It is administered using a touch screen computer and mouse [do take advantage of the practice session that is offered before the real test begins]. It tests your knowledge and awareness of road signs, the highway code and other motoring issues, first aid and your safe response to selected driving situations. You will be asked 50 questions in 57 minutes and you can ‘flag’ questions that you want to come back to later in the test. Each question will have several answer options and you will have to select the right answer or answers by touching the screen or using the mouse.
The pass mark for the multiple choice part of the theory test is 43 out of 50. You are strongly advised to take the 3 minute break that is offered at the end of the multiple choice part of the test. You should pay careful attention to the short tutorial video clip before the start of the follow-on hazard perception part of the theory test.
The hazard perception part of the theory test is also delivered on a computer but you need to respond by clicking the mouse. You will be presented with a series of 14 video clips that feature everyday road scenes (each about one minute in length). In each clip there will be at least one potential developing hazard that is scored, but one of the clips will feature two potential developing hazards that are scored, so click on all potential developing hazards and throughout their development within all of the clips, without clicking continuously or in a pattern of responses - as this will result in a score of 0 for that clip. The maximum you can score for each hazard is 5.
The pass mark for the hazard perception part of the theory test is 44: This means that you need to score at least 3 for each of the 15 hazards contained within the 14 video clips. You need to pass both theory tests in one sitting before you can apply for the practical test. Arguably, the most effective and least expensive resource for passing both parts of the car driving theory test is the Focus Multi Media PC DVD-ROM ‘Driving Test Success ALL TESTS New 2010 or later editions. The websites www.theorytestadvice.co.uk and www.direct.gov.uk are also useful resources and cover the required background information for the theory test. It is well worth referring to these websites before starting the required study for the theory test because the Driving Standards Agency do update and modify the theory questions [see www.direct.gov.uk].
You should aim to pass the theory test as soon as possible after starting you practical driving lessons [see Overview of standard and intensive driving tuition] if not before. You can book the theory test as soon as your provisional driving licence comes through – which by the way you can apply for up to three months before your 17th Birthday. This means that if you are extremely keen you can apply for your provisional driving licence in time to be able to study for your theory test and actually take it on your 17th Birthday: Former Fast Track School of Driving students have done this and actually started their practical driving lessons in the afternoon of their 17th Birthday..... Now that is what I call proactive behaviour! However, it may well be appropriate for you to start your driving lessons at some point after your 17th Birthday; we are all different and the important thing is that you are committed to and able to fund the process of learning to drive [see Fees for discounted driving lessons].
It is an extremely good idea to pass the theory test and as soon as possible not only to allow you to have more awareness of the rules of road during your practical driving lessons but also to allow you to advance book your practical driving test – that you can only do after you have passed the theory test. Although the Fast Track School of Driving will get you to driving test standard for all normal driving conditions, you are advised to try and book your practical driving test for a Saturday morning at 08.20 am as the traffic conditions at that time can be more conducive to an appropriate driving test performance. If you have to book your test for any other time this is of course fine as if you have had the required number of driving lessons and you do as you have been taught you will pass first time regardless of the day or time of the test [see FTSD pass first time guarantee].
For more information about theory test preparation please click on the tabs above. Or to pass first time contact us now. Thank you very much indeed for your interest in the Fast Track School of Driving and we look forward to hearing from you soon and making better progress with your driving lessons after passing your theory test.