The Theory Test

How do I study for the theory test?

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You can practice the Theory Test as well as have fun testing your knowledge with the Stopping Distances and Road Sign games.

Two books which are essential to study are: The Official Highway Code, and Know Your Traffic Signs. Both are published by the Department of Transport and available from most book shops or online.

Remember, your RoadSkills instructor is there to help you with each step in your learning. Ask your RoadSkills instructor about some DVD’s which will help you in the Theory Test and Hazard Perception part of the test. They are fun, allow you to practice as many times as you want, and give you the opportunity to increase your score each time you practice.

As with any test, the more you prepare yourself, the easier it will be on the day of the test!

You can start driving lessons before you pass your theory test, but you will not be able to book the practical test without a theory test pass certificate.

What does the Theory & Hazard Perception Test involve?

The theory test is a computerised exam in two parts. You will need to pass both parts in order to be successful. It is taken at a different centre to the practical test. In Ipswich it is taken at Crown House, Crown Street, Ipswich, Suffolk IP1 3HS (near the Crown Street swimming pool).

In the first part of the exam you must answer 50 multiple choice questions in approximately 1 hour.

You must answer at least 43 correctly to pass this part of the test.

The test questions include a wide range of subjects including road traffic signs, rules of the road, vehicle safety, aptitude, safety, etc. This section of the test also now includes a case study. The case study will show a scenario of a real life situation that drivers could encounter when driving. Five questions will be based on this scenario.

The second part of the exam tests your hazard perception skills. Your RoadSkills instructor will advise a suitable study/DVD package to assist with this. There are 14 video clips of real life road scenes displayed on the computer screen. You have to click the mouse when you see a hazard developing. One of the clips will contain two hazards, the others contain one each.

Each clip is about one minute long and you can score a maximum of five points for each of the 15 hazards shown. The earlier you spot the hazard the higher you will score. You must score 44 or more out of 75 to pass.

It is a good idea to study for the theory test at the same time as taking practical lessons as this will allow you to put the theory into practice.

On passing your theory and hazard perception test you have two years in which to pass your practical driving test before the theory test expires. Beyond this date you will have to re-take the Theory & Hazard Perception test.

How do I apply for the theory test?

• You can book online at the official government website:
• The nearest theory test centre is Crown Street, Ipswich.
• You will need your provisional licence and a credit/debit card handy at the time of booking.