When taking your DVLA theory test, it goes without saying that it is everyone’s aim to pass the first time. Of course, as soon as you have passed your theory test you will then be able to book your practical test and once you’ve passed this you will get your driving licence and you can legally drive independently. So, passing your theory test really is key to getting you on the road and you should do all you can to prepare yourself for this test. 

If you didn’t already know, there are actually three different sections to the DVLA theory test nowadays and knowing what you can expect from each part will put you in the best possible position to pass. So, to help anyone who has just booked their theory test, below we have looked into all these different parts in more detail, covering all of the basics you need to know before setting foot in the test centre. 

Multiple-choice questions

This is the main part of your DVLA theory test and it will be the first part that you have to complete. In this part of the test, you will be asked 50 different questions and you will have 57 minutes to answer these. Thankfully, the questions are all multiple-choice, so with enough preparation, you should be able to easily select the correct answer. 

You will need to correctly answer a minimum of 43 questions to pass this section of the theory test and you must pass this part of the test in order to pass the overall DVLA theory tests. 

It is worthwhile pointing out that you don’t have to answer every question straight away and you are able to ‘flag’ a question and move on to the next if you’re unsure of the answer. You can then return to flagged questions at any time. Don’t worry if you accidentally select the wrong answer either, you can go back to any question and change your answer at any point during this part of the test.

Video case study 

The next part of the theory test is the new video case studies section. During this, you will be asked to watch a short video that you will then have to answer 3 multiple-choice questions about. This video will show a normal driving situation, such as driving on a country road, and it won’t be anything too complicated to understand. 

You are able to watch the video as many times as you like. So, if you’re unsure of any of the answers to the questions, before you take an educated guess try watching the video again. 

Hazard perception 

The final part of the DVLA theory test is all to do with hazard perception. During this section, you will watch 14 different video clips, all of which will feature at least 1 potentially dangerous situation. You will need to click the mouse as soon as you see the different hazards starting to develop in the video clip. 

In order to pass the hazard perception part of the theory test, you will need to score a minimum of 44 points out of a potential 75 points. 

Before this part of the test, you will be shown a video that will explain exactly how it works, so be sure to watch this carefully before starting. Unlike the video case study, you will only get one attempt at each video clip and you aren’t able to review or change your responses, so it is important that you know what you’re doing. 

Many people don’t realise that you won’t lose points on this section of the test if you click your mouse when there isn’t a hazard, but you won’t score any points if you click continuously or in a pattern. So, just keep your eyes peeled and click when you think you see a hazard developing. 

Being prepared for your DVLA theory test 

Hopefully, the information above will be beneficial if you have just booked your DVLA theory test and now that you know a little bit more about the different parts of this test, you won’t have any nasty surprises when you sit down to take it. Thankfully, you can practice every single part of this test too, so you really can ensure that you’re as prepared as possible to pass the first time. Of course, if you don’t, you can always try again. 

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