Driving Tests

Theory Test

You must pass the theory test before you can apply for the driving test.

The Theory Test has two parts to it; first, a set of multiple choice questions and then, a set of video clips for the Hazard Perception Test element.

The theory test consists of 50 multiple choice questions which you need to score 43 or above to pass.  The test is conducted on a touch screen computer and you have 57 minutes to answer all the questions.  The range of questions covers all aspects of driving and road safety.

I can give help with your theory preparation, fault analysis and feedback.

I can provide you with free unlimited access to Theory Test Pro an online theory resource.

The theory test is available in several languages – you will need to inform the DSA at the time you book the test.

There is also help at the test centres if you have special needs, you will need to inform the DSA at the time you book the test.

Hazard Perception

There are 14 video clips with a total of 15 hazards, each hazard has a maximum score of 5.  The pass mark is currently 44 out of 75.

Driving Test

The practical driving test is designed to ensure that you can drive safely and competently under all conditions that you may encounter.  First you have to be able to read a new style number plate at 20 metres (65ft)  or 20.5 metres (67 feet) for the old style number plate.  Then you will be asked two safety questions about your vehicle that are now part of the Driving Test.  One is ‘Show me’ and one is a ‘Tell me’ question.  A wrong answer is a minor mark.

The test will last approximately 40 minutes covering a variety of road and traffic conditions.  This will include 8 to 10 minutes of independent driving at some point during the test, where you will be asked to follow signs for a destination (for example Skipton) or be asked to follow the directions on a diagram you will be shown, or a combination of both.  To pass your driving test you must reach the required standard, which means that you must not make any more than 15 minor errors with no serious or dangerous faults.

One in three candidates will be asked to carry out an emergency stop.

You will be asked to do one of the four following manoeuvres:

Turn in the road

Reverse parking

Bay parking

Reverse round a corner

Once you have passed your driving test you can drive unsupervised, on motorways and without any “L” plates.

Useful Resources

DSA Theory Test / Hazard Perception

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