Recently the Driver and Vehicles Standards Agency (DVSA) have made changes to the case studies on the theory test. The new April 2020 video case studies (which has currently been delayed due Covid-19) features 3 multiple choice questions on a short animated video that you will watch. The video is silent and at the end of the video you will need to answer three questions that will go towards your overall score. The idea of these video case studies is to help benefit Deaf, Autistic, dyslexic people and anyone that learns better visually.
The traditional case study was to read a case study and then answer 5 questions about it to test your knowledge and understanding of the rules of the road aka The Highway Code.
These case studies were designed to ensure that learners are keeping up to date with the rules of the road and the highway code as well as learning the theory test and practising the hazard perception videos.
They form part of the theory test so the 3 questions that you will be asked for in the case studies will amount to 3 questions taken off the theory test. So before when the theory test was 50 questions it is now 47 questions and 3 of that is from the video case study. The videos are random and you can practice them by using any good online theory test software including the one we offer.
Are the video case studies similar to the hazard perception videos? Yes, very similar but the main difference here is with the hazard perception videos you just need to click your mouse when you identify a hazard perception developing where as with the video case studies you will need to answer questions about the video including any hazards that you witnessed. Here is an example of some typical questions that you will be expected to answer on the video case studies. Why are motorcycles considered vulnerable road users? Why should the driver in the side road look out for motorcyclists at junctions? The DVSA here are looking at testing your awareness as well as knowledge of the road. I.e. who has priority, why should cars and larger vehicles look more for vulnerable road users like motorbikes and cyclists. It will also help you understand when it is safe to overtake, how to prepare to overtake and when it is best to wait.