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The Theory Test
This has 2 parts, Part 1 has multiple choice questions, based around the Highway Code. From 50 questions you need to answer 43 correctly to pass.Part 2 is a “Hazard Perception” test. This involves watching simulated video clips, during which you must correctly identify potential hazards, that may occur. You are required 44 points from a possible 75, to pass part 2. Once the theory test has been passed, you have two years before it expires.
On the day of your test, you will need to bring:
- Theory Test Certificate
- Provisional License, or if you have the old style Provisional licence, Photo ID, Passport as-well.
- Email from the DSA confirming the test day.
Before the test can start you have to pass an eye sight test. This involves correctly reading a number plate, from approximately 21 meters. Then you will be asked 2 questions, the "show me, tell me" questions (download the pdf)
As of October 4th 2010 a new driving test came in to place. The new Test is approximately 38/40 minutes long and you will be asked to use roads with various speed limits up to 70 miles per hour. There will be a mixture of town driving and dual carriageways. The examiners are looking for a safe, legal and controlled drive from you.
You are allowed 15 minor Driving faults, anymore and this will result in a fail, 1 serious or dangerous fault will also result in a fail. As part of the new test, you will be asked to drive on your own “the Independent Drive” By either following road signs i.e. "A66" or "Hospital"...., or you will be shown a sketched map with a couple of directions that you will have to remember and follow.This takes approximately 10 Minutes Also within the new test you will be asked by the examiner to carry out 1 maneuvers of their choice, you will not know what this is until you are sitting your test. They could be;
- Reversing round a left corner
- Turn In The Road (3 point turn)
- Parallel Parking
- Bay Parking
The Emergency “STOP” is an additional exercise that may or may not be required.
Once you have passed your test, pass plus is the next step. Art of Driving is a registered as a Pass Plus driving school. Pass Plus helps you gain valuable experience on motorways, country roads. Not only will it give you extra confidence and skills, but also helps on reducing your car insurance, you can take Pass Plus within the first year of passing your test.