How To Pass Your Theory Test

20th April 2021

passing the theory test

The theory test. You wish you didn’t have to take it but unfortunately if you want that full driving licence then you’re gonna have to. The theory test can be seem a bit haunting with a pass mark of 86% but don’t worry as we are here to help guide you to that pass!


1- Booking a test date

First things first, you need to set yourself a date for your theory test. The theory test is £23 in total and we recommend getting this out of the way before you start learning on the roads with us. Once you have a date set, look at it as a target date and plan out how you’re going to revise for this test.


2- Revise, revise, revise…

theory revising

The theory test contains 50 questions took from a total bank of more than 1000!

Now we aren’t saying you must go through every single question out there which could be included but you should go through as much as you possibly can. This is because when you are taking your test you will more than likely see a question pop up which will seem familiar to you. You will then be able to remember back to your revision and tick the correct answer.

The recommended hours of revision to pass the theory test is 20 hours.

You’ll be glad you put in the hours after you see that pass certificate!


3- What can I use to revise?

We personally recommend the DTS anytime theory software which includes :

  • Theory Study Questions
  • Hazard Perception Clips
  • Online Highway Code

You can also get 3 months for only £10! To take advantage of this offer click this link


4- Don’t forget about Hazard Perception!


When revising for your theory test people tend to forget the 2nd part of the test which is the hazard perception. The pass mark for hazard perception is 44 out of 75.

You are scored from 0-5 for each of the 14 video clips, with one clip being a double hazard clip.

You will have to click when you see a hazard developing. We recommend clicking then waiting a second then clicking again to make sure you get the points and have not clicked too early. This is typically how people don’t score high on hazard perception due to clicking too early. You can click as much as you want but don’t click too much as you will score 0 if you do.

You can get more info on the hazard perception test here


5- Practice makes perfect

Feel you’re up to the mark now? Test yourself before you take the test for real by taking a mock test!

You can use the DTS software we mentioned earlier to take this mock test or use the safe driving for life mock test.

If, however you aren’t getting great results from the mock tests and feel you aren’t ready for your theory test, you can reschedule your theory test for free up to 3 days before your test.


6- What should I do on the day?


Here are a few things you should be doing on the day of your test.

Plan your journey out

If you are travelling by public transport, make sure you leave plenty of time to get to the test centre. Make sure you have the right address and we recommend using apple maps or google maps when planning out public transport journeys.

Get a good night’s sleep

Everyone knows sleep is one of the most important factors of your day. We highly recommend getting at least 8 hours sleep to make sure you aren’t feeling tired and sluggish when you get to the test centre as this can affect how you perform.

Remember your provisional licence

This is kind of a biggie. You MUST NOT forget to take your provisional licence as if you do forget it, you will not be able to take the test and will still have to pay the test fee.


7- During the test

Arriving at the test centre

When you arrive at the test centre, a receptionist will ask for your name and will give you a key to a locker in which you must put all electronics inside such as your phone and digital watch. After you have done so, you will then be asked to go through to the test room where you will find a computer set up and ready for you to take the test on.

Use your practice time

You will be given up to 15 minutes before the test starts to get used to the layout of the questions. This can also give you time to calm your nerves and steady yourself.

If something isn’t working properly don’t be afraid to raise your hand and an examiner will be straight over to assist you.

The first part

You will have 57 minutes to answer the 50 theory questions.

Stuck on a tricky question? Simply click the flag icon and you will be able to go back to that question after you have answered the other remaining questions.

Half Time

Congrats, you’re halfway through! Take these next 3 minutes to have a breather and a quick stretch at the desk before diving into the hazard perception.

The second part

You’re now in the final stretch, the hazard perception. The following video explains everything you need to know about the hazard perception test.

Good luck with your theory test!