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If you want to drive a car or ride a motorcycle you'll need to pass the driving theory test before booking the car practical driving test. However, you can take driving lessons while you are preparing for the Theory Test - indeed this can help in your preparations as you will get real road experience as well as tips from your DriveAbility instructor.

The Theory Test is a computer based test and consists of 2 parts:

  • multiple choice; 50 questions to be answered in 55 minutes
  • hazard perception; 14 one minute video clips containing 1 or 2 hazards

Both parts of the test are taken on the same day. You should book your driving theory test in advance and allow yourself enough time to prepare. The questions in the multiple-choice part and format of the hazard perception part depend on what kind of vehicle you want to drive.

Please note that there are many websites which offer to help you book your theory test, some of which are deliberately designed to look like the official DVSA website - however they will all charge a fee. Avoid this by only using the official DVSA website that can be accessed via the www.gov.uk website.

You need to pass both to pass the theory test.

You can find more information here about the Theory Test.

Preparing for the test

There are official publications and tools to help you prepare for the test, and if you've got special needs then there are a number of facilities to help.

There are also a number of other tools such as DVD-ROMS and books that can be obtained from retail outlets such as, amongst others, Amazon.co.uk and W H Smiths.

You should note though that none of the tools, official or otherwise, will tell you the actual questions nor give you access to the actual hazard perception clips. Therefore, you should prepare for the test by making yourself fully acquainted with The Highway Code, Know Your Traffic Signs and The Official DVSA Guide to Driving - The Essential Skills

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