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Driving theory test examination process for learner drivers

Before you can learn to drive a motorcycle, car or moped, Yor must have a provisional driving licence. Your driving licence process starts with applying for your provisional licence. For this, you can go to DVLA office or local post office to get the appropriate form and fill it and attach a passport size photo and £50.00 fee for the licence.

DVLA aims to deliver your driving license to you within three weeks of receiving your application form. It might take longer if we have to check on your health or personal details. You will need to wait for your new license to arrive before driving. Please allow at least three weeks for your license to arrive before contacting DVLA.

When you will receive your provisional licence, you can drive your car with L plates with a driver who has held a full driving license for 3 years or more and his age is 21 years or more.

Once you have a valid provisional driving licence you can book driving test. Waiting times vary from region to region, but the target is that 95 per cent of theory test candidates receive an appointment date within two weeks of their preferred date.

Theory test appointments can be booked, and subject to three clear working days notice, be changed and cancelled using driving test booking online service or the telephone. You can also download an application form and apply by post.

You will need to book theory test and driving practical test separately through the Driving Standards Agency (DSA).

Driving test booking online:
To book a DSA theory test online on DSA website: www.dsa.gov.uk.

Booking driving test over phone:
You can book a theory test over the phone using the numbers below, from 8.00 am to 4.00 pm except on Bank Holidays.
Booking Theory test line - 0870 0101 372
Minicom booking line - 0870 0106 372
Welsh language booking line - 0870 0100 372
Fax booking line - 0870 0104 372

To book a theory test online and with an operator over the phone you will need:
A valid UK driving license
A valid debit or credit card for payment (Visa, MasterCard, Delta, Visa Electron, Switch/Maestro and Solo cards are accepted)

Booking by post:
To book a theory test by post you will need an application form. Application forms are available online or on request from the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) booking line.

Payment can be made by cheque or postal order, but cash payments are not accepted. Application forms for the theory test should be sent to the address shown on the form. The address on these forms is

Driver and Vehicle Agency,
Booking Department,
PO Box 381,
Manchester, M50 3UW

After Theory test booking you will appear for your theory test. The theory test is made up of two parts; the multiple choice part and the hazard perception part.

The theory test is a computer-based test at various tests centers around the country. For car and motorbike theory test you'll be asked randomly selected 45 multiple-choice questions and 5 marks case study style questions in 57 minutes and you need to get at least 43 right to pass. For Lorries and buses you'll be asked 60 questions in 70 minutes and the pass mark is 51 out of 60. You have 57 minutes to complete the test. There is a 15-minute practice session you can work through before starting the tests.

Hazard perception test:
This part of the theory test requires you to view 14 hazard video clips on the computer screen of approximately one minute each. You are required to watch these clips as if you were the driver. There will be 15 hazards to find - at least one on each clip. However, one clip will have 2 hazards. The hazard perception test clips will not contain any sound.

Candidates can score up to five marks on each hazard and the test contains 15 scoreable hazards.

You click either the left or right mouse button whenever you think you can see a hazard developing. The speed at which you click the mouse button as a hazard develops will determine your score for that particular hazard perception clips. You can score between 0 and 5 on each hazard.

The pass mark for this part of the test is 44 out of 75 (i.e. 15 hazards x 5) for car drivers and motorcycle riders. Those taking LGV or PCV (lorry or bus) tests must score at least 50 out of 75

 

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