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Theory And Hazard Perception Test

Theory Test Information

Before you can take your driving test, you must first pass a 2 part theory test. It test is made up of the multiple choice part and the hazard perception part. The theory test costs £31.00 and you need to pass both parts at the same time to pass the theory test.

You can find your nearest theory test centre by using the ‘find your nearest’ service on the DSA website, or for addresses of the theory test centres near to RPL Driving, and how to book your car theory test please have a look at the test booking page.

Click here for a link to the direct.gov site which has further information on this test, along with a practice test for the multiple choice questions.

Everyone learning with RPL Driving, also gets free membership to E Driving Solutions which has free theory and hazard perception tests. As a little added extra, you can visit this site for 10 free hazard perception clips, or go to our free theory test page.

Part One – Multiple Choice Theory Test

First of all, you must have the both parts of your driving licence with you (counterpart and photocard sections). Without these, you will not be able to take the test.

Before the test starts, the staff at the centre will give you instructions on how the test works. The setup is identical to a standard desktop PC, with the only difference being a touchscreen.

You will not be able to take anything into the test room. Everything (phone, wallet, watch, water bottle, etc) must be left in one of the lockers provided.

You will be given the choice of going through a practice session of the multiple choice questions to get used to the layout of the test. At the end of the practice session, the multiple choice part of the test will begin.

The question, and a choice of answers will appear onscreen and you have to select the correct answer to the question by touching the screen. Some questions may require more than one answer, so make sure you read the questions properly.

You will be asked 50 questions during the 57 minute test and the pass mark is 43 out of 50.

You can move between the questions and ‘flag’ any that you want to come back to later in the test. After the multiple choice part you can choose to have a break of up to three minutes before the hazard perception begins

Part Two – Hazard Perception Test (HPT)

After your short break you will then be shown a tutorial video clip on how the hazard perception test works.

The hazard perception test will take place on the same computer as the first part. You will be presented with 14 video clips which show every day road scenes. In each clip there will be at least one major hazard, but one of the clips will feature two.

To achieve a high score in each clip, you will need to respond quickly to the developing hazard. The maximum you can score on each hazard is five.

The pass mark for this part of the test is 44 out of 75.

After The Theory Test

At the end of the hazard perception part of the theory test you will be asked to answer a couple of customer survey questions.

You do not have to answer the questions, and if you, do it will be confidential. The survey questions have no affect on the result of the test.

When you have finished the test you may leave the room. Once you have left, you will not be allowed back in again. You will then be given your result by the staff working at the test centre.