The Theory Test now consists of 2 parts, the first being the multiple choice section, followed by the second part which is the Hazard Perception. To pass your theory test you must successfully pass both parts.
The theory test consists of 50 multiple choice questions, such as traffic signs, driver attitude and awareness, regulations, effects of alcohol drugs and tiredness, safety and environmental aspects of vehicles etc. All of these topics are covered in the Highway Code. At least 43 correct answers are required in order for a candidate to be successful. This section of the test will last for a maximum of 57 minutes. When you have finished the multiple choice section you can take a 3 minute break before the Hazard Perception starts.
For the Hazard Perception part you must will watch 14 video clips and during these clips you will have to identify when a hazard arises by clicking the mouse. All of the clips have one hazard, except one clip that has two. You will need to react to the hazard as quickly as possible to score the highest marks - the earlier you click the mouse the higher your score. The pass mark for this section is 44 out of 75.
If you need to cancel your Theory Test you must give 3 days notice otherwise you will lose your fee.
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The Practical Test.The practical test is designed to test your driving ability and knowledge of the Highway Code. A standard test lasts for about 40 minutes.
You will begin with an eyesight check (if you fail this, your test will not continue). The eyesight test requires you to read a number plate from 20 metres away (or 20.5metres if it is an old fashioned number plate) If you are unable to do this you will fail the test and be asked to leave. After the eyesight test you will be asked two vehicle safety questions. You will then be examined on your general driving and on two reversing exercises. The reversing exercises will be chosen from:
• Reversing around a corner
• Turn in the road
• Reverse parking (parallel parking or bay parking)
You may also be asked to carry out an emergency stop exercise.
Taking Your Driving Test.
During the driving test the examiner will give you directions which you should follow. Test routes are designed to be as uniform as possible and will include a range of typical road and traffic conditions. During the test, the examiner will ask you to carry out set exercises. Throughout the test you should drive in the way your instructor has taught you. If you make a mistake, don't worry about it, it might be a less serious driving fault and may not affect your result. The examiner will be looking for an overall safe standard of driving. You can make up to 15 driving faults and still pass the test (16 or more results in failure). However, if you commit one serious or dangerous fault you will fail the test. You are allowed to take someone with you on the test, this person must be over 16 years old and cannot take any part in the test.
Independent Driving Explained
In the independent driving section of your test, you will drive for about 10 minutes without step-by-step direction from your examiner.
At present, examiners give candidates step-by-step instructions during the test. For other parts of the test, this will still be true. But during the independent driving section of the test, the examiner will ask you to drive by either following a series of directions, following traffic signs, or a combination of both.
To help you understand where you’re going, the examiner may show you a diagram. It doesn't matter if you don't remember every direction, or if you go the wrong way - that can happen to the most experienced drivers. Independent driving is not a test of your orientation and navigation skills.
Driving independently means making your own decisions - this includes deciding when it’s safe and appropriate to ask for confirmation about where you’re going.
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The independent driving route
If you ask for a reminder of the directions, the examiner will confirm them to you.
If you go off the independent driving route it won’t affect the result of your test unless you commit a driving fault. If you go off the route or take a wrong turning, the examiner will help you to get back on the route and continue with the independent driving.
If there are poor or obscured traffic signs, the examiner will give you directions until you can see the next traffic sign - you won’t need to have a detailed knowledge of the area.
You can’t use a sat nav for independent driving as it gives you turn-by-turn prompts. Independent driving tests how you make your own decisions.
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