WHAT DOES THE THEORY TEST INVOLVE?


You need to pass the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) Driving Theory Test before you can book your Practical Driving Test.

The local DVSA Theory Test Centres in the Shamrock Driving School area are in Swindon, Frome, Bristol and Salisbury. You can book or amend your Theory Test by phoning the DVSA on 0300 2001122 (Monday to Friday - 8am to Midday) or online at www.gov.uk/book-a-driving-theory-test or www.gov.uk/change-date-driving-theory-test.

Candidates must take their Plastic Photocard Driving Licence (if you don't have a photo card liocence you need to take your paper licence and a valid passport) with them on the day of the Theory Test or they won't be allowed to take the test.


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MULTIPLE CHOICE

The DVSA Driving Theory Test comprises 50 multiple choice questions, using a touch screen computer, and the pass mark is 43 out of 50. The time allowed is 57 minutes. You can review the questions and amend your answers prior to ending this part of the test. Make sure you read the questions and answers properly!

The multiple choice element of the Driving Theory Test comprises 45 multiple choice questions and one case study style question where you will be presented with a case study scenario and need to answer 5 multiple choice questions related to this case study. There is nothing to worry about provided you undertake enough study using the recommended driving theory test training materials and especially the current DVSA Driving Theory Test revision question bank (see below).

|People with reading difficulties can wear headphones to hear the questions and available answers plus they may be able to request additional time and a "reader" to read the questions and multiple choice answers to them.

Watch an official DVSA video about how the multiple choice element of the driving theory test works and try our sample theory test below to help you prepare!

HAZARD PERCEPTION TEST (HPT)

The HPT follows the Multiple Choice element and consists of fourteen Computer Generated Imagery (CGI) clips, each lasting about a minute (see DVSA news release for information about CGI clips and an example CGI clip. You don't need to practice for the HPT using CGI clips and existing video clip training materials are fine).

There are a total of fifteen developing hazards (i.e. one clip contains two hazards) which you need to react to as soon as they start to appear in order to score points. A developing hazard is one which causes you to change speed or direction (e.g. people walking into the road or a vehicle / bike pulling out in front of you, walkers / jogger / horse in the road, etc). It is essential to be aware of everything happening on the screen in the near / mid / far distance and anticipate hazards developing; as you would when driving a real car. You score from five to zero points depending on how quickly you click the mouse button once a hazard begins to develop. The pass mark is 44 out of 75.

Shamrock Driving School recommend that you click as soon as you see the hazard start to develop and once or twice again soon after in case you click too early, when you would score nothing. Don't click too often or rhythmically otherwise the software decides that you are trying to cheat and you will score zero for that clip.

Watch an official DVSA video about how the hazard perception element of the driving theory test works below to help you prepare!


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RECOMMENDED STUDY

On average it takes about 21hrs private study to pass the DVSA Driving Theory Test. Whilst many pupils study for the DVSA Driving Theory Test in their own time Shamrock Driving School is always available to provide help and guidance, including multiple choice and hazard perception training using a laptop PC.

It is essential to read all 950+ questions in the DVSA Driving Theory Test revision question bank and practice for the Hazard Perception Test using interactive video clips. As of 23rd January 2012 the DVSA ceased publication of the LIVE mutliple choice question bank but are publishing revision questions.

SHAMROCK DRIVING SCHOOL GIVE YOU FREE ACCESS TO "THEORY TEST PRO" (RRP £9.99 for a 30 Day Pass) - EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO PASS THE DVSA DRIVING THEORY TEST AT YOUR CONVENIENCE ON YOUR LAPTOP OR PC! INCLUDES THE ENTIRE OFFICIAL DVSA REVISION QUESTION BANK, INTERACTIVE HAZARD PERCEPTION VIDEOS & THE HIGHWAY CODE. See Links page for details on how to log in.

Shamrock Driving School provides you with FREE access to the Smartdriving Theory Test App, a complete Theory and Hazard Perception resource including new computer generated HPT videos! Simply click on the banner at the top of this page !

You can take two free mock Driving Theory Tests online at www.gov.uk/practise-your-driving-theory-test.

Shamrock Driving School also recommends the following books and DVD:

"Official DSA Theory Test" Book containing the entire DVSA Driving Theory Test revision question bank.

"The Highway Code" (included in "Official DSA Theory Test" book and "Driving Test Success All Tests" DVD) & "Know Your Traffic Signs" booklet, containing detailed information on traffic signs, signals and road markings (both also available to download for free at www.gov.uk/highway-code and Know Your Traffic Signs TBA).

"Driving Test Success All Tests" DVD containing the entire DVSA Driving Theory Test revision question bank, 100+ interactive hazard perception clips and Multiple Choice / Hazard Perception Mock Tests.

THE ABOVE BOOKS & DVD ARE AVAILABLE ONLINE FROM AMAZON.CO.UK USING THE LINK BELOW!

Call 01249 821433 or 07939058851 now for full details of how we can help you to succeed!

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