Why Should I Take A Mock Theory Test?
If you want to drive a car one of the hurdles you will need to cross is the driving theory test. You
must pass this test before you can book the practical driving test.
There are two distinct parts to the Theory Test: the Multiple Choice Section, which has been part of
the Theory Test since it was introduced back in 1996; and the Hazard Perception section which was
introduced in 2002. You have to pass both parts of the test. You then have up to two years to book
and take your Practical Driving Test, otherwise you need to do the Theory Test again.
Both parts of the Theory Test are done on a computer system at a Theory Test Centre (these are
found in most major towns). The multiple choice part of the test consists of fifty questions taken
from a bank of over 1000, covering areas including the rules of the road, road signs, and speed
limits, including some case-study type questions. You must get at least 43 questions correct to pass
this part of the test. In the Hazard Perception part of the test you are shown fourteen one-minute
CGI generated video clips taken from the point-of-view of the car driver. You have to click the
mouse to indicate when you have spotted a developing hazard. The earlier you click once the
hazard begins to develop, the higher your score on that clip, up to 5 points. You need to score at
least 44 out of 75 to pass.
As you can tell, these tests aren’t just about the knowledge, though that’s clearly very important, but
it’s also about understanding how the computer programmes will work. Undertaking practice, or
mock, theory tests has several advantages:
1. You start to get more of an idea what type of questions or video clips are included, which
helps you to focus your studying;
2. By looking at the mark-scheme for your mock test you will be able to see if there are any
areas that you are not yet confident with and need to look at in more detail;
3. You will know how to use the computer programmes. For those who don’t have much
experience at undertaking e-learning, it can take a lot of pressure off if you know which
buttons you need to press and how to move from one question to the next (though there is
time at the beginning of the test to do some practice questions and familiarise yourself with
There really aren’t any disadvantages to doing mock or practice tests, as long as you give yourself
plenty of time to do more studying between your practice and your real theory test. The more times
you have seen the multiple choice and hazard perception format, the better prepared you will be for
your test, and therefore the more likely to pass.
Mock tests are available in many places on the internet. The DVSA has their own free practice test
on www.safedrivingforlife.info, where you can also buy access to their study materials and practice
clips for the Hazard Perception test. You can also internet search “Free Hazard Perception Test” or
“free theory test practice” to try a range of different practice materials. Ask your driving instructor,
as they may be able to recommend a practice test or some other materials.
Once you have practiced both the multiple choice part of the test and the Hazard Perception section,
and you and your Driving Instructor are confident that you are ready, you can book your Driving
Theory Test on www.gov.uk/book-theory-test.
To find out more about learning to drive in Glasgow contact TX Driver Training now on 0141 764