It is important for you to not only be able to drive a car, but understand the rules of the road you’re
driving on. The theory test is set by the DVSA and is your first step towards driving. The test consists
of two parts which must be passed before taking your practical test. You can take the theory test any
time from the age of 17, and your PASS certificate will last for two years before you will need to
retake your theory test.
The multiple-choice part requires a pass mark of 43 or more out of 50. It will quiz you on Highway
Code knowledge and general knowledge of road markings, signs and safety measures.
After a short break (typically three minutes), you will then need to take a hazard perception test. Your
computer screen will show a car driving from a first-person perspective, and you will be asked to
click and time you see a potential hazard (for example, an emerging vehicle, pedestrian crossing the
However, do not feel that you are expected to learn the Highway Code and driving theory alone.
Throughout your lessons your instructor will quiz you on you knowledge of rules of the road, road
signs and hazard perception to ensure you are test-ready. Please also feel free to ask your instructor
should you need any further explanations or clarifications regarding the theory test.
Most importantly, be sure to revise for your test!
THEORY TRAINING AND HAZARD PERCEPTION