Theory Test

Theory Test 


You must hold a Provisional licence before you take your theory test. TAKE THIS WITH YOU WHEN YOU COMPLETE YOUR TEST.

The theory test is made up of a multiple choice part and a hazard perception part. You need to pass both parts to pass the theory test. Once you’ve passed it you can apply to take your practical driving test.

If you pass one part and fail the other you’ll fail the whole test, and you’ll need to take both parts again.

The questions in the multiple choice test will depend on the category of vehicle you are hoping to get a licence for. For example, a motorcycle theory test will contain questions that don’t appear in any other test.

For the hazard perception test there are no separate versions for different vehicles, but the pass mark is different for them.

The multiple-choice part

Before the test starts you’ll be given instructions on how it works.

You can choose to do a practice session of multiple-choice questions to get used to the layout of the test. At the end of the practice session the real test will begin.

A question and several possible answers will appear on a computer screen – you have to select the correct answer. Some questions may need more than one answer.

You can move between questions and ‘flag’ questions that you want to come back to later in the test.

Some car and motorcycle questions will be given as a case study. The case study will:

  • ·show a short story that five questions will be based on
  • ·focus on real life examples and experiences that you could come across when driving

Multiple choice test types

Category  Time allowed    Pass mark
 Car and motorcycle  57 minutes  43 out of 50

After the multiple choice part you can choose to have a break of up to three minutes before the hazard perception part starts.

Before you start the hazard perception part, you’ll be shown a short video clip about how it works.

You’ll then be shown a series of video clips on a computer screen. The clips:

  • feature every day road scenes
  • contain at least one developing hazard – but one of the clips will feature two developing hazards

A developing hazard is something that may result in you having to take some action, such as changing speed or direction.

How the scoring works

The earlier you notice a developing hazard and make a response, the higher you will score. The most you can score for each developing hazard is five points.

To get a high score you need to:

  • respond to the developing hazard during the early part of its development
  • press the mouse button as soon as you see a hazard developing

You won’t be able to review your answers to the hazard perception test.

If you click continuously or in a pattern during a clip a message will appear at the end telling you that you’ve scored zero for that particular clip.

Hazard perception test types

Category Video clips Developing hazards  Pass mark
Car and motorcycle 14 clips 15 44 out of 75

At the end of the test

At the end of the test you can answer some customer survey questions. You don’t have to answer them if you don’t want to, and they won’t affect the result of the test.

When you’ve finished the test you can leave the test room – but you won’t be able to go back in. You’ll then be given your result by the test centre staff.


Your Local Theory Test Centres

Rhyl Theory Test Centre
3 Bodfor Street
North Wales
LL18 1AS
Bangor Theory Test Centre
Pearson Professional Centre
331 High Street
Ll57 1YA
Chester Theory Test Centre
1 Corbridge House
The Square

How to Book Your Theory Test

The quickest and easiest way to book your car theory or practical driving test is to use the online booking service. However, you can also book by phone or by post.

To book a theory test online you will need a:

  • valid UK driving licence
  • valid debit or credit card for payment (Visa, Mastercard, Delta, Visa Electron and Solo cards are accepted)


To book a theory test by phone you will need a:

  • valid UK driving licence
  • valid debit or credit card for payment (Visa, Mastercard, Delta, Visa Electron and Solo cards are accepted)

You can book a theory test over the phone using the numbers below, between 9.00 am and 5.00 pm from Monday to Friday (except on bank holidays):

  • theory test booking line – 0300 200 1122
  • Welsh language booking line – 0300 200 1133
  • minicom booking line – 0300 200 1166
  • fax booking line – 0300 200 1177