About Theory Test

The DVSA Theory Test consists of two parts.  The hazard perception test and the multiple choice questions.  Both parts of the test need to be passed at the same time in order for you to pass the test. The theory test needs to be passed before any candidate can take a practical driving test.  There is no requirement for you to pass the theory test before taking any driving lessons.

In order to prepare for the theory test, it is very important to practice, being prepared for the test is essential.  As a driving instructor, I can assist and advise you on the best way to prepare for the test, and even provide you with FREE Theory Test training using the Theory Test Pro IOS and Android app.

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Hazard perception test


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

You’ll then watch 14 video clips. The clips:

  • feature everyday road scenes
  • contain at least one ‘developing hazard’ – but one of the clips features 2 developing hazards

You get points for spotting the developing hazards as soon as they start to happen.


Take a practice hazard perception test. You can practice with 3 test clips for free.

These clips aren’t used in the real test, but they show you how the test works.


What a ‘developing hazard’ is

A developing hazard is something that would cause you to take action, like changing speed or direction.


A car is parked at the side of the road and is not doing anything. It would not cause you to take action, so it’s not a developing hazard.

When you get closer, the car’s right-hand indicator starts to flash and it starts to move away. You’d need to slow down, so it’s now a developing hazard.

How the scoring works

You can score up to 5 points for each developing hazard.

To get a high score, click the mouse as soon as you see the hazard starting to develop.

Multiple-choice questions

There are 50 multiple choice questions on your theory test.  You will need to correctly answer at least 44 questions in order to pass.

The multiple-choice questions in the theory test are based on 3 books:

You can also take a free mock test online to help you prepare:

Pass mark and test result

You’ll get the result at the test centre after taking the theory test. You must pass both parts to pass the test.

Pass mark Points available
Multiple-choice questions 43 50
Hazard perception 44 75


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