You can book your car theory test once you have a provisional driving licence, and you can sit it anytime from your 17th birthday onwards.You have to pass your theory test before applying for your practical test. YOU MUST TAKE YOUR PHOTOCARD LICENCE WITH YOU ON THE DAY OF THE TEST! (if you also have a paper counterpart this has been abolished by the Governent and is no longer valid). There are two elements to the theory test - the multiple choice questions where you have 50 questions and the pass mark is 43. You also then have a hazard perception test of video clips where the pass mark is 44 out of 75. You have to pass both at once, otherwise you have to retake both sections. The waiting list is normally around 3 weeks, and the local theory test centres are at Sidcup or Croydon (these are seperate centres from the practical driving test centres). You can book by web or phone and the current cost is £25.00. You will need a credit or debit card and your driving licence number. If you have any special needs, such as dyslexia, enter this information when you book.
To book online click here.
Phone - 0300 200 1122
You can purchase a number of different study aids, but the best are published by the DVSA - the people who set the tests. For the question element, get the book or CD-ROM "The Official Theory Test For Cars" and for the hazard test get "The Offical Hazard Perception" DVD, or buy the DVSA theory test kit app.
For more information on this, and two free practice tests on the DVSA's website click here, and you can also view the DVSA's information videos on YouTube by clicking here.
Click the links on the left menu for more information on each section of the test.
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