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The Theory Test

The theory test costs £31, but unofficial websites may charge more.

The theory test is made up of a multiple-choice part and a hazard perception part. You need to pass both parts to pass the theory test.

If you pass one part and fail the other you’ll fail the whole test, and you’ll need to take both parts again.

The multiple-choice part

Before the test starts you’ll be given instructions on how it works. You can choose to do a practice session of multiple-choice questions to get used to the layout of the test. At the end of the practice session the real test will begin.

A question and several possible answers will appear on a computer screen - you have to select the correct answer. Some questions may need more than one answer. You can move between questions and ‘flag’ questions that you want to come back to later in the test.

Some questions will be given as a case study. It will show a short story that 5 questions will be based on. They focus on real life examples and experiences you could come across when you’re driving.

This part lasts 57 minutes and the pass mark is 43 out of 50.

After the multiple-choice part you can choose to have a break of up to 3 minutes before the hazard perception part starts.

The hazard perception part

Before you start the hazard perception part, you’ll be shown a short video clip about how it works.

You’ll then be shown a series of 14 video clips on a computer screen. The clips feature everyday road scenes, and contain at least one ‘developing hazard’ - but one of the clips will feature 2 ‘developing hazards’

Hazard perception test scoring

The earlier you notice a developing hazard and make a response, the higher you will score, up to a maximum of 5 points per hazard.

To get a high score, you need to respond to the developing hazard as soon as you see it starting, however, over-clicking will result in a score of zero for that particular clip.

The pass mark for cars and motorcycles is 44 out of 75.

Your test result

You will be given the results of your theory tests at the test centre after taking it.

If you pass your theory test, you’ll get a pass certificate. You’ll need this when you book and take your practical test.

Your theory test pass certificate lasts for 2 years after taking your test. If you haven’t passed your practical test by then, you’ll need to take and pass the theory test again.

Documents you need to take to your theory test

You need to bring both parts of your driving licence - the photocard and the paper counterpart.

If you have an old-style paper licence, you must take your signed driving licence and a valid passport. No other form of photographic identification will be accepted.

If you don’t have one, you must get a passport or update your paper licence to a photocard licence.

If you don’t bring the right documents to your test, it won’t go ahead and you’ll lose your fee.

If you’ve lost your driving licence

If you lose your driving licence, you must apply for a replacement. This could take up to 15 days. If this happens, you may have to rearrange your test.

As published on Gov.uk


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Nearest Centres

Croydon Theory Test Centre
Central House (2nd floor), 27 Park Street, Croydon, Greater London, Surrey CR0 1YD

Kingston upon Thames Theory Test Centre
Drapers Court (4th floor), Kingston Hall Road, Kingston upon Thames, London, Surrey KT1 2BQ