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Don't know where to start with preparing for your driving theory test? Read our facts, top 5 difficult theory questions and top tips on how to prepare for and pass your driving theory test.


Driving theory test pass rates have decreased by almost a third in 2014 since changes to the test. Since September 2007, the multiple choice questions increased from 35 to 50, with the introduction of a 'case study' exercise with 5 questions relating to the given scenario. Further changes include new questions no longer being allowed to be published online and the ban of interpreters. In October 2015, the cost of the test will decrease to £25 from £31.


The driving theory test is separated into two parts: the multiple choice questions and hazard perception part. The multiple choice section features 50 questions from a bank of over 100 to complete within 57 minutes; where a score of 43/50 is required to pass. In 2012/2013, 33% failed the multiple choice section with Road and Traffic Signs being the most commonly incorrect answered section. The second hazard perception section of the test is made up of different video clips with a view from a car with a variety of hazards occurring which need to be identified via clicking. A score of 44/75 is required to pass this part of the test. In 2012/2013, 15% failed this section of the test.

The most common questions answered incorrectly are…

1. You are involved in a collision. What documents may the police ask you to produce?


A) Vehicle registration document
B) Driving licence
C) Theory test certificate
D) Insurance certificate
E) MOT test certificate

F) Vehicle service record

2. Name three situations where you may overtake another vehicle on the left?


A) When you are in a one-way street
B) When approaching a motorway slip road where you will be turning off
C) When the vehicle in front is signalling to turn right
D) When a slower vehicle is travelling in the right-hand lane of a dual carriageway
E) In slow-moving traffic queues when traffic in the right-hand lane is moving more slowly

3. You have broken down on a motorway. When you use the emergency telephone what information will you be asked?


A) For the number on the telephone that you are using
B) For your driving licence details
C) For the name of your vehicle insurance company
D) For details of yourself and your vehicle
E) Whether you belong to a motoring organisation

4. If your car has unbalanced wheels, what can this cause?


A) The steering to pull to one side
B) The steering to vibrate
C) The brakes to fail
D) The tyres to deflate

Two Way Traffic Crosses One Way Road Sign

5. What does this sign mean?


A) Two-way traffic straight ahead 
B) Two-way traffic crosses a one-way road
C) Two-way traffic over a bridge
D) Two-way traffic crosses a two-way road

Top Tips

Our top tips for preparing for your driving theory test are to make sure you practice before the day and take as many mock tests as possible. Also on the day, don't forget to take your paper and photo driving licence. During the test, ensure you use the 15 minutes of practice time, and if you feel you are struggling with a question, flag the question to mark the question and go back to it at the end when you have more time.

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