Tips to pass the official driving theory test

Updated: Feb 27, 2021

Driving Theory Test: Last-Minute Tips

Booked your driving theory test and looking for some last-minute tips, support and advice? You’re in the right place.

It’s normal to feel a little stressed or anxious before your exam - but we’re here to help you feel more confident and prepared. Whether this will be your first theory test, or you’ve taken it before, these tips will help you feel like an absolute pro.

Get to Know the Test

You may have been revising for months, but it’s important to know exactly what is expected of you in addition to knowing all the answers! Knowing how many questions there will be and layout of the exam will help you stay on track and not run out of time towards the end.

The official theory examination is split into two parts: multiple choice questions and hazard perception test. You will need to pass both sections to pass the examination overall - even if you got 100% in one half and failed the other, it’s still a fail overall.

Before you start the test, you will be offered to complete a 15-minute practise round. We suggest always having a go at the practise questions – this isn’t about last-minute revision, but more about relaxing and getting your brain into test mode. There is no rush whatsoever, so take your time and try to stay calm and focused. It’s also worth noting that you get a 3-minute break between the multiple-choice section and the hazard perception test. This is a perfect time to have a sip of water and gather yourself for the next section.

● Multiple-Choice Questions

These questions make up the first half of the exam. There are 50 questions to answer, and in order to pass you will need to get 43 questions correct. You are given 57 minutes to answer these questions, which gives you plenty of time to read the questions and all of the possible answers properly - misreading a question and subsequently getting the answer wrong is an easy way to lose marks.

One helpful thing to know about the test is how to use the flag button. After answering each question, you will need to click “complete” and once you’ve done so, your answer is locked in and you are unable to go back and change it. However, if you come across a question that you’re a little unsure about, you can press the flag button and come back to it later on. It is worth noting however, that if you forget to return to a flagged question, it will be marked as unanswered.

While most of the questions will cover topics like motorway driving, safety conditions and the highway code, the final few multiple-choice questions will be in the form of case studies. These questions are aimed to test how you would apply your theory knowledge to real life situations. These questions are all covered in the Pass4Theory app.

● Hazard Perception Questions

Once you’ve completed the multiple-choice section, you’ll move onto the hazard perception part of the test. The hazard perception test is made 2up of 14 video clips, all varying slightly in length but lasting around 1-minute each. 13 of these video clips will contain one developing hazard which you will need to identify, while one of the videos will contain 2 developing hazards. Your job is to identify the hazard by clicking the mouse as soon as you see it developing; to pass your test, you must score at least 44 points out of a possible 75. If you would like to learn more about hazard perception, why not check out our recent article Hazard Perception Test: Everything You Need to Know.

Use the Pass4Theory App

Whether the night before your test or an hour before, doing some last-minute revision can often really help. With the Pass4Theory app, you have unlimited access to mock theory tests, including 134 videos for hazard perception training. Mock tests can be a great way to test your knowledge and also highlight any problem areas where you may need some last-minute touch-ups. A lot of students recognise questions in the official test that cropped up in their revision materials, so these mock tests are definitely worth doing!

Get Prepared

Just like before a school examination when you would check you had the correct pens and equipment, it’s important to get yourself prepared before your official theory examination too.

First up, you will need to bring along your provisional driving license. If you turn up to the test without it, you won’t be able to sit the exam and also won’t be eligible for a refund. If you have lost your license and the new replacement won’t be arriving in time for your test date, you can easily reschedule your test online or via phone.

Another important way to prepare for your test is to check the confirmation email from the DVLA. This email will outline all the details of your examination – what date, what time, where. If you accidentally turn up at the wrong time or wrong test centre, you wouldn’t be able to sit the exam and would unfortunately have to rebook for another date.

You don’t have to worry about bringing a pen or notepad with you, the test is all done on the computer. In fact, it’s best to bring as little things along with you as possible as all personal belongings will have to be left in the lockers provided – including electronic devices, headphones, keys and bags. One thing you can bring in with you is a bottle of water in a clear bottle, even if you don’t think you will get thirsty, we suggest bringing one along as this can help you to stay hydrated throughout the exam.

And Finally… Good Luck!

We hope this article has helped give you a little more information about the driving theory examination and what’s expected of you. We’re sure that you’re all prepared and ready to go (especially if you’ve been using the Pass4Theory app to revise!), but it’s also important to remember that failing isn’t the end of the world. Try not to put too much pressure on yourself, it’s pretty easy to book another test and next time you will be even more prepared!

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