From 14 April 2020, the car theory test will include 3 multiple-choice questions based on a short video you’ll watch.
The way the theory test works in England, Scotland and Wales will change from 14 April 2020.
The same changes will apply in Northern Ireland.The change will make the theory test more accessible, especially to people with a:reading difficulty (like dyslexia),learning disability,developmental condition (like autism),the change only applies to car theory tests to begin with.
How the theory test is changing to use video clips instead of written case studies
Currently, you have to read a case study and then answer 5 questions about it. This tests your knowledge and understanding of road rules.This will change if you take your test from 14th April 2020, you’ll watch one video clip instead of reading a case study,and answer 3 questions about it.
How using a video clip will work
You’ll watch a short, silent, video clip and answer 3 multiple-choice questions about it. You can watch the video clip as many times as you like during the mutiple choice part of the theory test.
Example You can watch the video, answer a question, and then watch the video again before you answer the next question.
What the video clip will look like
The video clip will show a situation, such as driving through a town centre, or driving on a country road.
The type of questions you’ll answer about the video clip
You’ll answer questions like these:
Why are motorcyclists considered vulnerable road users?
Why should the driver, on the side road, look out for motorcyclists at junctions?
In this clip, who can cross the chevrons to overtake other vehicles, when it’s safe to do so?
For each of the 3 questions, you’ll have to choose the correct answer from 4 possible answers.
What the screen will look like
The left-hand side of the screen will show the video clip, with controls to:
play the video
pause the video
move to a specific part of the video on a progress bar
watch the video using the full screen
The right-hand side of the screen will show the question and 4 possible answers.
Who this change will affect
All car theory tests will use video clips from 14 April 2020.
This includes if:You fail a test before then and retake it from 14th April 2020, your test is cancelled or moved for any reason,and your new test date is from 14th April 2020.