The ultimate guide to preparing for your theory test


Whilst we find ourselves focussing on the practical side of driving, and rightly so, the all-important theory test can sometimes fall to the wayside. However, the theory portion of learning to drive is just as important as getting behind the wheel and requires a lot more preparation. So, before you enter the test centre, make sure you’ve adequately prepared and don’t set yourself up for failure.

If you don’t know what to expect, or how to best prepare for your upcoming theory test, then keep reading as we tell you everything you need to know.

Revision Tips

  • Make sure to recap the topics that you found the hardest when first teaching yourself theory. These will most likely include stopping distances, reflective studs, emergency vehicles and essential documents. There’s no such thing as over-prepared – Bill Plant Driving School has multiple resources to help you prepare.
  • As well as topics, you should also make sure to flag up any questions you’ve found yourself struggling with throughout any practice test you take (which we definitely recommend doing). Then, you can revisit and re-revise these areas at the end. 
  • It’s recommended that to be certain you’ll pass the real thing, you should be passing at least five mock theory tests in a row, with at least five minutes to spare at the end of each one.
  • When revising, make sure that you’re reading each question carefully, as well as the answer choices. Then read the question one more time, before finally deciding which answer to select. To give you an idea of timing, you should spend around one minute on each question, just to ensure that you completely understand what it’s asking. Getting into this habit during revision will make it a lot easier when it comes to the actual exam.

Helpful Resources

  • It is recommended to get yourself a copy of The Highway Code as this is essentially what the theory test is based on.
  • Make sure that you’ve looked at all possible questions that would come in – there are a total of 730 questions stored in the DVSA revision bank, which should be used as a starting point for any studying sessions.
  • Over the years, driving test apps have become one of the most popular ways to revise, specifically designed to help you with your theory test. The most used app is Driving Theory Test 4 in 1, with emphasis on hazard perception and The Highway Code. Please note that to make sure you’re answering every available question you must go to ‘settings’ and select both ‘questions not yet seen’ and ‘questions previously answered incorrectly’.

What to expect

  • As we’ve touched on in revision tips, all questions will be multiple-choice. You will be given 50 questions to answer within 57 minutes. To pass, you must get a minimum of 43 questions correct.
  • Some questions will be based on case studies and you will be presented with real-life situations that you may come across when driving.
  • There’s also a hazard perception test that you must get at least 44/75 to pass. You will be shown 14 one-minute-long videos and you must identify any hazards that you can see occurring. All you have to do is click the mouse whenever you see a new hazard coming – each click can score a maximum of five points. The earlier you click, the more points you’ll receive. 

What to take

  • You must take your UK provisional driving licence to be allowed to take the test.

Please note that you’re not allowed to take personal items into the test room with you, including bags, mobile phones, earphones or watches.










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