Car theory tests are changing – here's what you need to know


Car theory tests are changing for good this month and wannabe drivers should make sure they know what is changing.

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency suspended it due to test closures during the pandemic however, the new rules will be flooding in later this month.

Under the current system, you have to answer 50 multiple-choice questions within 57 minutes and then pass a hazard perception test to pass the assessment, reports the Mirror.

As part of the Q&A, learners have to read a case study and then answer five questions – based on the rules of the road.

However, from September 28, you’ll be asked to watch a short, silent, video clip instead, which you’ll then have to answer three multiple-choice questions on.

Learners will be able to watch the video clip as many times as they like during the multiple-choice part of the theory test.

The video clip will show a situation, such as driving through a town centre, or driving on a country road.

What types of questions will I be asked?

You’ll answer questions such as the following:

  1. Why are motorcyclists considered vulnerable road users?
  2. Why should the driver, on the side road, look out for motorcyclists at junctions?
  3. In this clip, who can cross the chevrons to overtake other vehicles, when it’s safe to do so?

For each of the three questions, you’ll have to choose the correct answer from four possible answers.

The change will affect all learner drivers who choose to take a test after 14 April 2020 including those who have to retake after passing the first exam.

A learner driver's 'L' plate

What’s not changing

Despite the changes, you’ll still need to study the same books and software to prepare for your theory test.

As part of the test, you’ll still need to:

  • Answer 50 multiple-choice questions within 57 minutes
  • Get 43 out of the 50 questions right to pass the multiple-choice part of the test

The hazard perception part of the test is not changing. This is where you watch video clips to spot developing hazards.

Tests that are not changing

The change will not apply to the following theory tests:

  • Motorcycle
  • Lorry
  • Bus or coach
  • Approved driving instructor (ADI) part 1



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