As if all the hours on the road preparing for the most daunting day of your life, aka your driving test, wasn’t enough. You need to pass your theory test before you can even think about taking your driving test and losing your L plates.
To help you get top theory test marks, we have put together 12 tips for theory test success.
Before the test:
Book your test
It might sound obvious, but there is no point swatting up on the highway code if you haven’t even booked your test.
There are around 160 theory test centres in the UK with most towns and cities having one, so there should be a test centre relatively near your home. If you are unsure which centre to pick, before booking theory test ask your driving instructor for advice.
Buy a theory test book
To help you get to grips with everything you need to know for your theory test, there is a theory test handbook or DVD you can buy. Both are packed full of useful tips, advice and some sample questions to help you prepare.
Start reading up
During your theory test, you will be given 50 multiple choice questions to answer, and you must get 43 correct to pass.
With your test questions coming from 1000 possible ones, it is crucial that you read up and learn as much as possible.
Practice hazard spotting
Once you have completed the first part of your theory test, you will then need to complete the second part; a hazard perception test. This is where you are shown a video clip containing multiple road hazards, and every time you spot one you are expected to click it.
To help you prepare, there are various practice DVDs and even practice apps you can use.
Put in the time
To be successful, you need to put in the time and learn and practice what you need to know. You should do at least 20 hours of revision before taking your theory test.
Remember, your theory test questions will be picked at random, so you need to be confident answering any of the DSA approved questions to pass.
Take a mock test
Once you have done some revising you might feel like you are reading to take your test, but first it is a good idea to do a mock test and see how you get on. Have a look on the DSA website and other approved websites for the best theory mock test.
Use your mock results to aid your learning, anything you struggled with, learn again.
On the test day:
Leave lots of time
You most probably have not been to the test centre before, so leave lots of time to get there on the day.
If you are rushing you will end up feeling stressed out and will put more pressure on yourself, which is not a good idea before a test.
Take a friend or family member with you
If you are feeling anxious, ask a friend or family member to come along with you. This will help to keep you calm and should also help to reduce your stress levels.
Take both sections of your license
Make sure to take both the paper part and plastic part of your provisional driving license with you on the day of the test. Otherwise, you will be unable to sit the test.
Take advantage of the practice time
Before your test begins, you are given 15 minutes of practice time. This time should be used to get used to the touch screen and the layout of the questions.
If you can’t work something out or your screen is not working properly, raise your hand and ask for help.
Pop a flag on tough questions
You only get 57 minutes to answer 50 questions, so it is important not to waste time.
If you can’t answer a question, pop a flag on it – this marks it as unanswered, and move on. Then when you have finished the other questions if you have time you can go back and try to answer it.
Have a quick break
You are given a quick three minute break between each part of the test, so use it stretch in your seat and take a few deep breaths.