The 1st July 1996 saw the introduction of the Theory Test. On 4th January 2000 the Theory Test was computerised by means of a ‘touch screen’ test. Then on 14th November 2002 the Hazard Perception part of the test was introduced. So now there are two parts to the test, the question and answer part and the Hazard Perception part. This must be passed before the Practical Driving Test can be applied for. Until both parts are successfully passed you cannot drive unaccompanied.
Before booking your Theory Test you should discuss and seek advice from your Driving Instructor to ensure that you will be ready and have prepared to the required standard, and beyond.
You will need to quote your driving licence number and have a valid credit or debit card.
The cost of the Theory Test is £23.00
The questions are drawn from a bank of more than 950 questions on a variety of subjects including: Alertness, Attitude to other road users, Impairment, Perception, Different types of vehicles, Administrative documents, Accident scene, Vehicle loading, Mechanical aspects, Vehicle safety equipment, The environment as well as more obviously road signs and markings.
You will be given 50 questions of which only 43 will need to be answered correctly to obtain a pass The time limit is 57 minutes. If however you have finished within the time you may continue on to the second stage which is the Hazard Perception part of the test.
The Hazard Perception part consists of 14 one-minute film clips selected at random from a bank of 200. You will need to click a mouse as soon as you observe the developing hazard. The sooner you see it, the higher points you will score. You can score a maximum of 5 points per clip. At present you will need to score a minimum of 44 points out of a possible 75. Anyone who repeatedly clicks the mouse button throughout the clip will score 0.
We keep a stock of Theory Test CD roms which can be purchased in order to help you prepare and increase your prospects of passing. You can also purchase immediately online by clicking on the ‘Shop’ icon in the menu on the left of this page now.
Newbury does not have a Theory Test centre, so the nearest centres are at Reading, Basingstoke and Swindon. You will need to arrive at least 15 minutes before the test is scheduled to begin. To register you will need to produce both parts of your photo driving licence and your appointment letter. From 1st November 2003 your photo-card driving licence will be checked with an Ultra-Violet light device for forgery.
Because the Theory Test centre is not based in Newbury, most people book a 2-hour lesson on the day of the Theory Test. This enables you to drive directly to the Theory Test centre and drive back again afterwards, giving you the experience of driving in a different, unfamiliar area, thus broadening your driving versatility, as well as your confidence.
Some Useful Websites:
www.pass-test.co.uk – Driving Theory Test software instant download
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