It’s best to book your test using the official site at GOV.UK. If you use an unofficial site, you might pay more than you need to or you may not get a booking at all.
If you’ve used an unofficial booking website, you might have seven working days to cancel your order and get all your money back. However, this will depend on the terms and conditions of the website you used.
Watch the DVSA’s guide to the theory test to find out what happens on the day of your test.
The multiple choice test
Before you start the multiple choice test, you can have a 15-minute practice session if you want to get used to the format of the test.
In the test there are 50 questions: you’ll need to get at least 43 correct to pass. You’ll have 57 minutes for this part of the test.
The multiple choice questions appear on-screen and you’ll use the mouse to choose the correct answer. Some questions have more than one answer – there’ll be a message if you don’t choose enough answers. There are also case study questions: these will show you a short ‘story’ and you’ll need to answer five questions about it.
If you aren’t sure about any of the questions, you can ‘flag’ them and come back to them later.
The hazard perception test
When you’ve finished the multiple choice part, you can go straight on to the hazard perception part or take a three-minute break. You can watch a short video before you start the test, showing you how the test works.
You’ll need to click the mouse or touch screen when you see a developing hazard (ie something that would need you, the driver, to take some action such as changing speed or direction): the sooner you spot the hazard, the more points you’ll score. You can score up to five points for each hazard. You’ll need to score at least 44 out of 75 points. Each film shows one hazard apart from one film, which has two.
If you click the mouse too much or if you click in a pattern, you’ll be given a warning message and you’ll score no points for that film.
You’ll be given your results shortly after you’ve finished the theory test. If you pass, you’ll be given a letter with your pass certificate number on it. Make sure you keep this safe because you’ll need the number when you book your practical tests.
Your theory test certificate is valid for two years. If you don’t pass your practical tests in that time, you’ll have to take the theory test again before you can take the practical tests.