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The driving theory test explained

driving theory test

The DSA theory test is made up of firstly a multiple choice part and a hazard perception part. You need to pass both parts to pass the theory test. Once you’ve passed it, you able to apply to take your practical driving test.

At Apollo driving school, we recommend you take the theory test as soon as possible, as it speed up the learning to drive process.

Theory test

driving Theory test

If you pass one part and fail the other you'll fail the whole test, and you'll need to take both parts again.
The questions in the multiple choice test will depend on the category of vehicle you are hoping to get a licence for. For example, a motorcycle theory test will contain questions that don't appear in any other test.

Multiple-choice part

Before the test starts you'll be given on screen instructions on what the DSA require.You can choose to do a practice session of questions to get used to the test. At the end of the practice session the real test will begin.

A question and several possible answers will appear on a computer screen - you have to select the correct answer. Some questions may need more than one answer.You can move between questions and 'flag' questions that you want to come back to later in the test.

Some car and motorcycle questions will be given as a case study. The case study will:

  • show a short story that five questions will be based on
  • focus on real life examples and experiences that you could come across when driving

Hazard perception part

Hazard perception test

Before you start the hazard perception part, you'll be shown a short video clip about how it works.
You'll then be shown a series of video clips on a computer screen. The clips:

  • Feature every day road scenes
  • Contain at least one developing hazard - but one of the clips will feature two developing hazards

A developing hazard is something that may result in you having to take some action, such as changing speed or direction.

How the scoring works

It important to know, the earlier you notice a developing hazard and make a response, the higher you will score. The most you can score for each developing hazard is five points. To get a high score you need to:

  • Try and respond to the developing hazard during the early part of its development. So you need to spot it asap.
  • Aim to press the mouse button as soon as you think you see a hazard developing

You won’t be able to review your answers to the hazard perception test as on the question part.If you click continuously or in a pattern during a clip a message will appear at the end telling you that you've scored zero for that particular clip. So be careful to practice beforehand.

An example of when to respond

Think of a parked car on the side of the road. When you first see it, it isn't’t doing anything - it’s just a parked car. If you respond at this point, you wouldn't’t score any marks, but you wouldn't’t lose any marks.

When you get closer to the car, you notice that its right-hand indicator starts to flash. This would make you think that the driver of the car is going to move away. The hazard is now developing and a response at this point would score marks. The indicator coming on is a sign that the car has changed from a potential hazard into a developing hazard. When you get closer to the car, you’ll probably see it start to move away from the side of the road. Another response should be made at this point.