How To Pass Your UK Driving Theory Test< Back to blog
The driving theory test forms half of the overall assessment you must pass before becoming road legal and ready to venture out freely in your new motor.
Before you can demonstrate your skills behind the wheel in the practical test, you’ll need to show your knowledge of situations, signs and hazards while driving. So, here are our top tips guide on how to pass your theory test the first time of asking.
Get hold of the right resources
There are countless books and online resources available to you which serve as guides towards theory test success.
The DVSA (Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency) official theory test kit is a great all-in-one package which will take you from A to B. Backed up with road etiquette knowledge from The Highway Code, you’ll have everything you need to pass the first time round.
Theory test kit
You can get access to the all-singing, all-dancing DVSA theory test kit online. It works like a subscription in that you can get one week’s access for £7, one month for £10, three months for £14 or a year for £25.
The guide forms the main bulk of your study and preparation for your test. It’s both convenient and simple to follow – the bitesize structure of information isn’t overwhelming. Moreover, the pack contains simulated hazard perception clips which mirror this part of the test in order to prepare you fully.
The test kit works as an app which can be downloaded on your smartphone, tablet, laptop or desktop – depending on your preference. Otherwise, it can be bought as two disks – one for multiple choice, the other for hazard perception – which works for both Mac and PC.
Within the test kit is information on all 14 topics of the theory test, along with accompanying practice questions in a separate section to aid your revision. For hazard perception, 20 practice clips are featured which simulate the real section on the test. After you’ve practised, there are also official mock tests included which allow you to test everything you’ve learnt.
The Highway Code
Another useful resource to familiarise yourself with is an up-to-date version of The Highway Code.
Not only does it explain what all road signs mean, but it’s a complete information guide into road safety and the rules which govern the road. All this information will help with the multiple-choice part of your theory test.
What’s great about the Code is that you won’t need to pay anything in order to access it. If you have a smartphone with applications or just access to the internet, you can download the app from your device’s store or view the whole list of rules, signs and road markings online.
Your driving instructor
A resource which you may not have considered is your driving instructor.
Contrary to popular belief, the theory test isn’t passed solely from the studying you do outside of your driving lessons.
There’s several ways you can use driving lessons to aid your chances of passing the theory test. Here are a few:
- Practice spotting hazards and potential hazards that may occur at the earliest time while you’re driving.
- Identify different road signs and markings you encounter in different situations while out in the car.
- Get your instructor to quiz you on what to do in different driving scenarios (e.g. behaviour at a junction, what to do when a traffic light is on amber, etc.)
Put in enough hours of practice
Like any form of revision, motivating yourself to prepare for your theory test can be the hardest part of the task. Fear not, there are some neat ways of making the workload more interactive and interesting which we want to tell you about.
Get family and friends to test your knowledge
It can be beneficial to get friends or family involved in the learning process when you’re preparing to take your driving theory test.
One way to do this is to study a topic, then have one of your peers read out random test questions related to that topic. You can do this at random points in the day to improve your ability to recollect important information on the spot, just as you would in the test.
Repeating this process over the entire curriculum will ensure you have the best chance of being successful in the real thing.
A mock theory test is one of the best ways to practice ahead of the big day. After hours of revision, a practice test will give you an accurate reflection of where you’re at in the learning process.
There are three free hazard perception clips available on the GOV.UK website which you can use for some initial mock test practice.
For access to full mock assessments that are timed, the DVSA’s theory test kit is your best option. There’s even 20 interactive CGI (Computer-Generated Imagery) video clips for the hazard perception part of the test, all of which are identical to the real thing.
Remember the necessary documents on test day
This may seem obvious, but there are endless examples of times where people haven’t taken the necessary documents with them on test day. If this happens, not only will you not be able to take the test, but you’ll also lose your fee.
To make sure this isn’t you, remember to take the following with you when heading to the test centre:
- Your photo-card driving licence on the day
- Or, if you have an old-style paper licence, then you’ll need this as well as a valid passport, as test centres are strict on photo ID.
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