Taking and passing the driving theory test is an important part of learning to drive. You can take your theory test before you start your lessons, but in general it is best to learn for the theory alongside your driving lessons. Then if you come up with things you don’t understand, you can ask your driving instructor. In addition, your Instructor will give you loads of information on your normal driving lessons which is relevant to the theory test. You do however have to pass your theory test before you can apply for your practical test.

The theory test has 50 multiple choice questions which are drawn from a question bank of over 900 questions. The test is undertaken at a dedicated theory test centre – see address details of local theory test centres below. The test is done on a touch screen computer and the pass mark is 43 out of 50 or 86%.

The Hazard Perception Test is part of the Theory Test. When you have completed the question element, the hazard perception part of the test will start. The test consists of 14 cgi clips of film. Each clip lasts about 20-40 seconds, and all but one contain just one scoring hazard. One clip of film has two scoring hazards – just to keep you focussed! Your Instructor can give you help with understanding what type of hazards you need to identify. The pass mark for hazard perception is 44 out of a possible 75.

Theory test centres are:

Leeds,
1st Floor, Gallery House, The Headrow,
Leeds,
LS1 5RD

Huddersfield,
5th Floor, Ramsden House, New Street,
Huddersfield,
HD1 2TW