How to pass, the three steps…

Like many other things in life we need to prepare ourselves when learning new skills and driving is no exception. There are three primary tests you will need to complete before you are free to roam the open road…

Step #1: Theory Test

The better equipped you are to tackle the theory test will in-turn aid your chances of success when taking the test. As such we strongly recommend the Theory Test Pro training app, which can be found on the iOS App Store and the Android Play Store as well as their website theorytestpro.co.uk. To show how strongly we wish for our students success, we offer this application completely FREE when you train with us, no strings attached!

We find it to be an excellent resource that provides access to all theory questions from the DVSA and all Hazard clips (including some of their own). If you are interested, ask your driving instructor during your lessons.

To pass the Driving Theory Test you will need to answer 50 multiple choice questions in 57 minutes. This is done on a computer at a dedicated test centre in the local area. To pass successfully, you must get at least 43 of the questions right.

The test addresses subjects like driver’s attitude, traffic signs and regulations, the effects of alcohol, drugs and fatigue and vehicle safety.

Step #2: Hazard Perception Test (HPT)

The Hazard Perception Test is completed at the same time as the Theory Test and as such you will be required to watch 14 short film clips. During these clips you will need to identify 15 potential hazards.

Here’s some inside info on the tests that may help you;

  • Each hazard will require you to take some form of action such as a change in speed or direction.
  • When you identify your hazard you’ll need to simply click the your mouse and it will be registered, but don’t spam click the mouse as this will cause you to fail the question.
  • You will only be able to see the film clip a single time, though if you have used the app we mentioned you may recognise the clip being displayed.
  • You will be marked on the number of hazards that you correctly identify.
  • Each hazard is marked from one to five. The sooner you see the hazard the higher your score.
  • You must score 44 out of a possible 75 to pass the Hazard Perception Test.

It is required that you pass both the Theory and the Hazard Perception Tests before you are able to book the practical test.

Step #3: Practical Driving Test

What happens in the Practical Driving Test?

The Practical Driving Test will last about 45 minutes and involves the following:

  • Eyesight check
  • Vehicle safety questions known as Show Me, Tell Me
  • Driving at varying speeds and condition of roads.
  • Reversing into a parking bay, Reverse out of a parking bay.
  • Parallel parking or pull up on the right-side of the road and reverse.
  • 20 minutes of independent driving.

Throughout the driving test the examiner will be looking for evidence that you have reached an overall safe standard of driving. There will be no surprises and the examiner will not try to catch you out, they will be assessing your general driving skills and your ability to carry out one of the four set manoeuvres.

360 Instructors will make sure that you practice all of these manoeuvres during your lessons and have the skills necessary to perform them with confidence.

How many driving faults am I allowed?

You can make up to 15 minor driving faults and still pass the test, but 16 or more minor faults results in a fail. Also, if you commit one serious or dangerous fault, regardless of how many minor faults you commit, you will have failed to reach the required driving standard.

Get the Theory Test Pro app:

Theory Test Pro by Well Informed Ltd

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