The total cost of the Theory Test is £31.00 and it comprises two distinct parts. The first part consists of 50 multiple choice questions taken from a bank of over 1200 and now includes a Case Study where the questions relate to a typical driving situation. All the questions are based on the Highway Code and road safety matters.
The test is taken using a touch screen computer. A practice session lasting up to fifteen minutes is available before the test begins. Only one question will appear on screen at a time and you can navigate backwards or forwards through the questions to review or change answers if necessary. 57 minutes are allowed to complete the multiple choice part of the test and at least 43 questions must be answered correctly to pass.
The second part. known as The Hazard Perception Test, consists of a series of 14 video clips, each containing one or more developing hazards, viewed from the drivers perspective. A sample clip is shown before the actual test commences. You respond by clicking a mouse button as soon as you see a hazard developing that may cause you, the driver, to change speed or direction. (Note that you DO NOT have to move the mouse pointer to the hazard). The sooner you respond, the more points (max FIVE per hazard) you will score. There are FIFTEEN scoreable hazards in total. (ONE clip contains TWO scoreable hazards). Before each clip starts there is a TEN second pause to allow you to fully assess the new situation.
This part of the test lasts about 20 minutes and you cannot repeat any of the video clips. The pass mark of 45 out of 75.
Practical Driving Test
Your practical test will last around 45 minutes – during which time you will need to demonstrate that you can drive with confidence, competence and common-sense in a variety of driving situations. Before starting the driving part of your test, your examiner will ask you some driving related questions. These are known as ‘Show me – Tell me’ questions. I will be able to prepare you for this part of the test.
During the test you may need to call upon anything, or everything, that your instructor teaches you and will be asked to carry out at least 2 of the reversing manoeuvres. In addition, you may be asked to carry out a controlled (emergency) stop. In order to pass the test you must make no more than 15 minor driving errors and make no serious or dangerous errors. I will be able to advise you when you are ready for the test and will help you with any known difficulties you may encounter.
Show Me, Tell me Test
This tests your basic car maintence knowledge. At the start of the practical test you will be asked two show me, tell me questions.