Theory Test

Taking – and passing – your Theory Test

Before you can apply to take your Practical Driving Test, you must first pass your Theory Test. 

The Theory Test ensures you fully understand the rules of the road and are aware of any hazards that you may encounter while driving. There are two parts to the Theory Test; a question and answer portion, and a Hazard Perception part. 

The Driving Theory Workshop – Click this link for more details


The questions

For the first part of the Theory Test, you’ll be given 50 multiple choice questions to answer – which are drawn from a bank of more than 950 questions. To pass the test, you will need to answer a minimum of 43 questions correctly. You’ll have a time limit of 57 minutes to complete this portion of the test. 

The questions you are asked will be on a variety of subjects, including:

  • Accident scene
  • Administrative documents
  • Alertness
  • Attitude to other road users
  • Different types of vehicles 
  • Environment
  • Impairment
  • Mechanical aspects
  • Perception
  • Road signs and markings
  • Vehicle loading
  • Vehicle safety equipment


Hazard Perception

Once you’ve completed all the questions in the Theory Test, you can move onto the Hazard Perception part of the test. This consists of 14 one-minute film clips selected at random from a bank of 200. During this, you’ll need to click a mouse as soon as you spot the developing hazard. The sooner you identify the hazard, the higher points you will score. You can score a maximum of 5 points per clip.

To pass the Hazard Perception portion of the Theory Test, you will need to score a minimum of 44 points out of a possible 75. Please note that repeatedly clicking the mouse button throughout the clip will result in a score of zero. 


“Martin was great throughout the process, leading me to pass both my theory (benefiting greatly from his theory test resources) and my practical test first time.”

– Finola Southgate, Upper Bucklebury, 10th March 2015


Booking your Theory Test

The Theory Test costs £23.00 to take. Before booking your Theory Test, we can discuss with you to ensure you feel ready and prepared to the required standard and beyond. 

To book your Theory Test, you’ll need to quote your driving licence number and have a valid credit or debit card. 

Book your Theory Test here or call 0300 200 1122. 

There is no Theory Test centre in Newbury, however there are centres in Andover, Reading, Basingstoke, and Swindon. You will need to arrive at least 15 minutes before your test is scheduled to begin, and will need both parts of your photo driving licence along with your appointment letter. 


Additional help

To help you prepare for your Theory Test and increase your chances of passing, we keep a stock of Theory Test discs which are available for purchase. You can also purchase one online through our Shop.

> Purchase a Theory Test disc 

> Purchase a Premium Theory Test disc


Learner drivers and new drivers can enjoy the flexibility of paying for insurance by the mile and earn a £10 voucher* with Pay As You Go Insurance from Marmalade.
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