The Theory Test
There are two parts to the theory test.
- The multiple choice question.
- Hazard perception part.
The Multiple choice questions
This part is a computer based exam consisting of 50 questions of which you need to get 43 correct in 57 min. If you have difficulties in reading the questions you can apply to have a voice over function and can be awarded up to double the allotted time.
Our theory package also has a voice over function for which many of our students find a big help.
Hazard perception part
There are 14 clips and 15 developing hazards. On a small portion of the clips there will be 2 developing hazard in the same clip but the rest only 1 hazard per clip. There are also other non scoring hazards in the clips which you should click for which will help prepare you.
The test costs £31 and our test centre is in Newport Isle Of Wight
Pearson centre- Newport- isle Of Wight
Pearson Professional Centres
48 Lugley Street
Isle Of Wight
You can book your theory test via these methods
DSA booking support
Telephone: 0300 200 11 22
Textphone: 0300 200 11 22
Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm
You’ll need your:
- Great Britain or Northern Ireland provisional driving license number
- Email address to get your booking confirmation – you can’t book online if you don’t have one.
The Practical Test
What happens in the test
You’ll have to read a number plate from a distance of:
- 20 metres for vehicles with a new – style number plate
- 20.5 metres for vehicles with an old – style number plate
You can write down what you see if you can’t speak English or have difficulty reading
Vehicle safety questions: ‘show me, tell me’
You’ll be asked 2 vehicle safety questions. These are also known as the ‘show me, tell me’ questions.
The examiner will ask you one ‘show me’ question, where you’ll have to show them how you’d carry out a vehicle safety check.
You’ll also be asked one ‘tell me’ question, where you’ll have to explain to the examiner how you’d carry out the check.
The driving ability part
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.
Your general driving ability
During your test the examiner will give you directions that you should follow. You’ll drive in various road and traffic conditions. You should drive in the way your instructor has trained you.
It should include:
- normal stops
- an angle start (pulling out from behind a parked vehicle)
- a hill start
You might also be asked to carry out an emergency stop.
Reversing your vehicle safely
You’ll have to show how well you can reverse your vehicle. The examiner will ask you to do one of the following exercises:
- reversing around a corner
- turning in the road
- reverse parking – either into a parking bay, or parallel parking at the side of the road
Independent driving section
Your driving test will include around 10 minutes of independent driving. It’s designed to assess your ability to drive safely while making decisions on your own.
If you make mistakes
Carry on if you make a mistake, because if it’s not a serious mistake it might not affect your result.
Your examiner will stop your test if they think your driving is a danger to other road users.
Taking someone with you
Your examiner will ask if you want your instructor, or another person, to:
- sit in the back of your car during your driving test
- be with you after the test for the result and feedback
This person will usually be your driving instructor, but it could also be a relative or friend.
They must be over 16 and can’t take any part in the test.
The examiner’s supervisor
The examiner’s supervisor may come along as well. They will be watching the examiner’s performance, not yours. The supervisor won’t have any say in how you’re tested or in your result.
Your test might be cancelled and you could lose your fee if you don’t let the examiner’s supervisor go with you.
I felt like my previous instructor didn't quite understand how nervous I was and I just I had to get on with it. I feel that things could have been gone through a bit better. I think the methods were very good and everything was always explained very well and kevin...
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