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How to pass your theory driving test

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  • How many questions are in the theory test?
  • What mark do I need to pass my driving theory?
  • How long does a driving theory test take?

This is it, you’re learning to drive! But first, you’re asking yourself, “How am I going to pass my test?” Before you sit your practical, you must first pass your theory.

So, before you book your test, we’ve answered all the questions you might have, along with some other useful tips that should come in handy… in theory.

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How many questions are in the driving theory test?

Your driving theory test is split into two sections; multiple-choice questions and hazard perception questions. You’ll have just under an hour to answer 50 multiple-choice questions, randomly chosen from a bank of 900 questions. You’re then given 20 minutes to answer hazard perception questions.

To assume is to make an ‘ass’ of ‘u’ and ‘me’. Many people assume that passing the theory test is easy, but not everything is as it seems. People mostly seem to struggle on the hazard-perception section, so why not start practicing for your hazard-perception test after you finish reading this?

How many marks do I need to pass my driving theory?

Depending on what motor vehicle you’re wanting to drive, you’ll have to answer a certain number of questions correctly:

Cars and Motorbikes (1hr 17 minutes)

  Pass Mark Total Marks on offer
 Multiple- choice questions 43 50
 Hazard perception 44 75

 

LVGs & PCVs (2 hr 20 minutes)

  Pass Mark Total Marks on offer
 Multiple- choice questions 85 100
 Hazard perception  67 100

 

Regardless of which test you’re sitting, you’ll receive 15 minutes of practice before it starts, and then a three-minute break between the multiple-choice questions and hazard perception section.

If you pass, you’ll be given a certificate and then have two years to pass your practical test.

If you fail, you’ll get a letter telling you which parts you got wrong before booking to take the full test again.

What do I need to do before taking my driving theory test?

Here are our top tips to secure that pass…

Before your test:

  • Get hold of the books (or apps) you need and give yourself a good few weeks to revise all the content – don’t leave it until the last minute because there’s a load of information to learn. Find the official driving theory test book, and a useful book on traffic signs.
  • Ask your driving instructor any questions you have before sitting your theory. No questions' a silly question and you’re literally paying them to help you, so use their expertise – they would’ve heard it all before.
  • Try out some practice tests beforehand so you understand the structure of the exam.

During your test:

  • Take your time answering the questions – you have loads of it. For the multiple-choice section, you’re given (on average) one minute and eight seconds for each question, which is more than enough – so use that time wisely.
  • Be a Sherlock and learn the art of deduction. If you’re unsure of what the answer is, find out which of the four answers it definitely isn’t and use that process of elimination to come to an educated guess.
  • If you have absolutely no idea about a question, don’t leave it blank – just click one of the answers and you’ll have at least a 25% chance of getting it correct!


Most importantly of all, during the whole process, just have faith in yourself. It’s really not the end of the world if you fail. Sure, it costs more to rebook, but you’ll end up a better, safer driver. And when you do pass, because you will, we’re here for you still with Flow Annual or Monthly car insurance.

So, those are our tips of how to pass your driving theory test. Why not find out how much it costs to learn to drive now? If you’d like to share this page publicly, remember to tag us @flowinsuranceuk on Facebook or Instagram and don’t forget the hashtag #GoWithTheFlow

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