Driving Theory Test

At LP Driving Lessons we offer a network of fully qualified green badge driving instructors that will help you on the road to passing your manual or automatic driving test.

Before taking your practical driving test you will need to pass your Driving Theory Test. LP driving instructors will help and guide you through this process incorporating different elements as you learn to drive.

Before you book your Driving Theory Test you will need a provisional driving licence number, an email address to get booking confirmation (you can’t book online if you don’t have one) and a credit or debit card to make payment.

Driving Theory Test Fees

Test type Current fee
Car theory test £23
‘Abridged’ car theory test £18
Motorcycle theory test £23

If you fail your Driving Theory Test you have to wait at least 3 working days before taking the test again.


How does a Driving Theory Test work


Theory test explained: official DVSA guide video:

Hazard perception explained: official DVSA guide video:

There are 2 parts to the theory test:

  1. Multiple choice
  2. Hazard perception

Both parts of the Driving Theory Test are taken on the same day.

You can take a shorter ‘abridged’ car theory test if you’ve got the Safe Road User Award.

If you pass one part of the test but fail the other part, you will have failed the whole Driving Theory Test and you will need to take both parts again.

Multiple choice Driving Theory Test

Multiple choice Driving Theory Test questions will differ depending on the category of vehicle you are being tested for. For example, a motorcycle theory test will contain questions that do not appear on a car test.

At the beginning of the multiple choice part of your theory test you will be given the option to do a practice session of multiple choice questions to get used to the layout of the test, at the end of this practice session the real test will begin.

How does the multiple choice part of the test work

You will be presented with a question and several possible answers on a computer screen. You will then be asked to select which answer you think is correct from these options.

You will also have the option to move between questions and ‘flag’ questions that you want to come back to later. Some car and motorcycle questions will be given as a case study showing a short story. From this case study you will be asked 5 questions based on real life examples and experiences you could come across when driving.

The car and motorcycle multiple choice part of your Driving Theory Test will last for around 57 minutes and has a pass mark of 43 out of 50.

After the multiple choice part of your test you can choose to have a break of up to 3 minutes before you start the hazard perception part.

How does the Hazard perception part of the Driving Theory Test work

The hazard perception Driving Theory Test is the same for all categories of vehicle, but the score required to pass may be different.

Before starting the hazard perception part of your test you will be shown a short video clip of how it works. You will then be shown a series of 14 video clips on a computer screen. These clips will feature everyday road scenes which contain at least one ‘developing hazard’.

A ‘developing hazard’ is something that may require you as a driver to take action, such as changing speed or direction.

Hazard perception Driving Theory Test scoring

The earlier you notice a ‘developing hazard’ and make a response, the higher you will score.
The maximum you can score for each ‘developing hazard’ is 5 points. If you continuously click during a clip a message will appear at the end telling you that you have scored zero for that clip.

The pass mark for car and motorcycle Hazard perception Driving Theory Test is 44 out of 75.

The Driving Theory Test certificate

When you have successfully passed your Driving Theory Test you will be awarded a pass certificate, you will need this certificate number when booking your practical driving test. Your theory test pass certificate lasts for 2 years after taking your test. If you do not pass your practical driving test in this time you will need to take and pass the theory test again.

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