Theory & practice
Our driving instructor can prepare you for the theory test which every learner needs to pass. You'll also receive valuable tips and information.
The theory test is divided into two parts:
- A multiple-choice test comprising 50 multiple-choice questions covering aspects of the Highway Code. The pass mark is 43.
- A hazard perception test consisting of a series of video clips of actual road hazards that need to be identified. The pass mark is 44.
The Driving Standards Agency recommends that most learners take at least 45 hours of professional tuition lessons and at least 20 hours with friends and family.
The average number of lessons is currently 35 hours. As all learners are different, some will pass more quickly than others.
Your driving test will start with an eyesight check and some vehicle safety questions. The driving part of your test will last about 40 minutes. Throughout the test your examiner will be looking for an overall safe standard of driving, including when you are carrying out the set exercises. You can make up to 15 driving faults and still pass the test (16 or more results in failure). However, if you commit one serious or dangerous fault you will fail the test.
Special Educational Needs
Special procedures are in place for those with special need. These must be declared when booking a test by phone or online. DSA examiners are carefully trained to conduct tests for people with special needs.
During the independent driving, you may be asked which method you prefer. E.g. following signs or directions or a combination of all.
Where a candidate speaks little English, the examiner may write place names to help you understand where he/she would like you to drive.
An interpreter is allowed to come with you. And that person can be your driving instructor.
For further information, visit www.direct.gov.uk/drivingtest