Why are some car theory test questions easier to understand than others? This question is a common question that learners ask and it is generally down to familiarity. Some questions are just common sense and its not difficult to get them right. For example, If an elderly person is walking slowly across a pedestrian crossing and the lights change to green do you a) Rev your engine to hurry them up b) beep your horn at them, c) overtake them and continue on your journey or d) wait patiently for them to finish. You probably would not need to study for this one as all it takes is a little common sense. There are other car theory test questions that do require a lot more learning and understanding. Generally, the questions on topics like car stopping distances can be very tricky as this can change due to weather conditions. Also, there are a lot of words that learners are not familiar with like catalytic converter, anti-dazzle mirrors, coasting and so on. It is a good idea to familiarise yourself with these words and meanings so that the questions can make sense to you. If you are just reading them and trying to memorise them well that will only get you so far but if you can actually learn what you are reading then that will help to keep understanding into your long term memory. The car theory test was started in March 1997 and designed to ensure that leaner drivers learned the car theory side to driving rather than just the practical. In those early years there was 35 questions to answer and a minimum pass rate of 30. No computers were used and it was all on a multiple choice sheet and once you completed the car theory test in the time given then the candidate would hand in the multiple choice sheet to the receptionist and wait a few weeks for their results. These days it is all computerised and the questions have increased to 50 and the pass rate is now 43. Also the car hazard perception videos have been added over the last 15 years and recently the car video case studies have been added too. This is all due to the fact that the government are prioritizing road knowledge as well as driving ability. If we know the rules of the road and how to apply them then this will help us become safer drivers than just being skilled drivers alone.