November 18, 2013

The Theory Test

A common misconception regarding the theory test is that it is that it is impossible to fail. No doubt you have heard the comment, ‘nobody fails the theory test’. The unfortunate effect of this misconception is that many people fail to prepare for the test deeming it ‘easy’ and do in fact fail.

The pass mark is quite high – the learner must get 43 or more out of 50 questions correct on the multiple choice section and 44 or more out of 75 in the hazard perception. The questions are relatively simple but some do need learning such as stopping distances and so effective revision and practice of these questions is vital. A common failing point on the theory test is however the hazard perception. This is the part that most closely resembles actual driving where 14 video clips are displayed featuring everyday road scenes with at least one developing hazard. The earlier you spot the hazard, the more marks you get. The best practice for this part of the test is of course actual driving but also practising the clips on a computer is also the key to success.

Many people do fail the theory test due to inadequate practice; currently, the record number of fails is held by a 26-year-old woman from Southwark who has failed her theory test 90 times costing her almost £3,000.

Britannia’s advice is to prepare thoroughly prior for your theory, feel free to use the free resources on our website.

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