10 Tips for Passing the Driving Theory Test in the UK

The driving theory test is here to stay it seems and all drivers will need to pass before they can take the manual test and get their licence. Here are 10 top tips to help you get through this part.

  1. Booking the test

This may seem obvious but you need to know that you can take the test in a centre that is close to you.  Check out where the driving theory UK test centres are and book one close to home. You will need to pay £30 to ensure your place

  • Read the books

Although there will only be 50 multiple choice questions of which you need to get 43 right, there are 1000 that they can be chosen from. There is a theory test handbook and this shows you samples as well as giving helpful tips.

  • Look out for the hazards

Once you have answered the 50 multiple choice questions, there is a second test – hazard perception. You will see 14 video clips and you need to point out the driving hazards. All will have one, but one has 2. While you are out and about look for things that could be a hazard for drivers and visit websites that show examples.

  • Study, Study, Study

You really will have to spend time revising if you are going to be successful. The more you read the more you will understand. Ask a friend or family member who is a driver to test you and maybe even drive you round showing you what hazards and road signs are.

  • Mock Test

The government site has mock tests that you can try. It will give you an idea of how the questions are phrased, and you will be able to time yourself. If you feel you are not up to it, you can reschedule as long as it is 3 days beforehand.

  • Keep calm and be organised

Even if you know where you are going you should leave plenty of time to get there as there. The last thing you want is to rush in late and be on edge and not concentrating throughout the test.

  • Practice time

Make the most of the practice time that you are given. It is only 15 minutes, but you will learn how the screen works and how the questions are laid out. If you think there is an issue with your equipment don’t be afraid to speak up and have it looked at.

  • Leave tricky questions

You have 57 minutes to answer the questions and there are bound to be some that you are not too sure about. If there is one that you are struggling with, you can flag it and return later. You don’t want to miss answering questions you know the answer to by struggling on harder ones.

  • Make the most of the break

You are given a three-minute break before the hazard perception tests starts. Get up, walk around and clear your mind before it starts.

  1. Re-sit

No-one will want this, but don’t stress too much as it is an option if you need it.