In the UK, your driving test consists of two parts; your practical driving test and your theory test. You can take your theory test from your 17th birthday onwards. It’s the part of the test that most people dread, it can seem like a huge hassle, but it is arguably the most crucial part.
Taking your theory test is the first significant step towards getting out onto the roads. It’s a big deal and a huge hurdle.
What Is The Pass Mark?
To pass your theory test, you need to answer 43 out of 50 multiple choice questions correctly. That’s 86%!
Then there’s the hazard perception test where you need to score 44 out of 75 points available.
In 2019/2020 the UK’s pass rate was just 47.7%, which means that over half of the people who took the test failed. The pass mark is high because the stakes are high, road safety saves lives!
Not only is failing your theory test frustrating, but it’s also expensive and time-consuming.
Innocent Driver has prepared a list of common mistakes to help you get on the road, safely prepared, as soon as possible.
Here are Innocent Drivers Top Ten Theory Test Tips!
1. Cover All The Bases.
While the multiple-choice test is only 50 questions, the questions are from a bank of 1000. You cannot count on encountering the same problems as your friends or as in previous attempts.
The questions you will face are based on three essential books:
You can purchase these books online or from your local bookshop. Learn them and learn them well. There are heaps of online resources to help you with your theory test but having a hard copy of these books will really help you. It is also great to go back after you have passed to refresh your memory.
There’s no getting around this one; you need to study and study hard. The more you know, the more likely you will be able to pass. It’s the knowledge that’s important; it has to be safe for you to be out on the roads! Yes, the test is hard, but it’s for a good reason. Road safety saves lives.
Read the three books above and get hold of a DVSA (Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency) theory test handbook. The handbook is packed full of useful tips and example questions.
3. Take A Practice Test
You can brush up on your knowledge and test your skills using practice tests. The DVSA offers a practice test app for £25. It even included practice hazard tests. You can also practice on the government website for free – click here. The more familiar you are with the test, the easier it will be to get on with proving your knowledge.
4. Book Ahead
We don’t mean to sound silly but book your test well in advance. There are 160 test centres in the UK and depend on the time of year, many of the spots fill up quickly. Booking in advance not only means you have secured your place, but it gives you a date to work towards which can be an excellent motivation for you.
5. Take Your Breaks
Before the test starts, you can complete a 15- minute practice session. This gets you used to the format of the test and the computer. Many people skip this step, anxious to get started. We recommend that you take this time. Try a few questions so that you’re 100% sure how it all works and avoid getting flustered when the real test starts. There’s no harm done, and it could really help you.
You are allowed a 3-minute break between each section of the test. Make sure you use it; have a little stretch before you tackle hazard perception!
6. Rest the Night Before.
Be so prepared that you are not tempted to spend the night before cramming in your studies and stressing.
7. Know Where You Are Going
Some of the test centres are hard to find places, be prepared to get there and arrive in plenty of time to avoid undue stress on the day. Double-check your confirmation to make sure you know the date and time, too; you would be amazed at how many people get mixed up.
8. Remember Your Provisional!
You need to take your provisional driving licence to the test centre, if you don’t have it you cannot sit the test and will have to re-book. Check, check and check again before you head to the test centre.
9. Flag The Hard Questions
If you get a little stuck during your test, don’t panic. You are bound to come across some trick questions. You can hit the flag button, and it’ll mark the question as unanswered allowing you to come back to the tougher ones towards the end. You have 57 minutes to answer the 50 multiple-choice questions.
10. Don’t Panic
For some of us, relaxing before a test is the hardest part. It can also be the most beneficial. Trust that your hours of study will pay off, don’t put too much pressure on yourself and give it your best shot – that’s all you can do!
Good Luck from Innocent Driver!