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Theory and Practical Tests

First comes the theory and hazard perception tests, you don't have to pass these tests before you can start on the road but it is aways a good idea to start practicing for these as soon as you can.

You need to pass your theory and hazard perception test at the same time before you can apply for your practical test.

Getting a test date

You will need a valid provisional driving license to take your theory test. Once you've got that, you can book your theory and hazard perception tests online or by phone on 0870 0101 372

How the theory test works

The theory test is a 50-question multiple-choice test. To pass you must answer 43 or more questions correctly within 57 minutes. Questions are chosen at random from a bank of over 1,000 questions, and you answer by touching the screen. During the test you have the option to skip questions and return to them later.

How the hazard perception test works

Immediately after your theory test, you'll watch a series of 14 video clips, each showing potential hazards involving road conditions, pedestrians or road users.There are 15 hazards to identify and you can score up to 5 points on each one, depending on how quickly you identify them. You need to score 44 out of 75 to pass.

You must pass both the theory and hazard perception parts of the test at the same time get an overall pass. You will receive the results as soon as you have finished your test and if successful you will receive your certificate to show you have passed, this will enable you to book you practical test.

Then comes the practical test

In your practical test, you have 40 minutes to demonstrate everything you have learned in your driving lessons. You need to show you can drive competently and safely in all kinds of driving situations. As of October 4th 2010 You'll be asked to do just one of the four reversing maneuvers you've practiced, and possibly make an emergency stop. You'll also answer two vehicle safety check questions, one 'show me' and one 'tell me'. View the full list of questions here To pass, you will have to complete the test with no serious/dangerous faults, and you must have 15 or fewer minor errors. Be prepared The current Cambridge average practical pass rate is 51%, so it makes sense to be as prepared as possible. The main reason for failing is being under prepared so only take the test when you are ready.


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