The Driving Test

In order to drive unaccompanied on the roads of Britain you must hold a full driving licence for the vehicle you are driving. The Driving Standards Agency ("DSA") is charged with the responsibility for licensing the provision of the theory test which is the first part of the process of qualifying for a full driving licence and also for conducting practical driving tests in the UK which is the second and final part in the qualifying procedure.

The Theory test is taken at a local test centre (not necessarily the centre at which you would take your practical test) using a touch screen computer to conduct the exam and is in two parts. It can be conducted in many different languages and provision can be made for people with dyslexia or learning difficulties. The first part is a multiple choice test of 35 questions out of which you must get 30 correct. The second part is a hazed perception test which presents 14 brief video snippets in which you must try to identify 15 potential hazards (one video will have two hazards) and from which you must achieve a score of 44 out of a possible 75; the sooner you recognise the hazard the higher will be your point score. You must pass your Theory test before you can apply to sit your Practical test but you do not need to pass your Theory test before you start learning to drive with an instructor.

The Practical test is a basic test of competence at handling the controls of a motor car and candidates are allowed up to 15 minor faults during the test but no serious or dangerous faults. Professional instructors are completely familiar with the testing process and should be capable in providing a structured learning experience following an established lesson syllabus.