Found on numerous sites (including, naturally, TheDrivingTests.co.uk), mock DSA theory tests allow you to practise both the multiple-choice and hazard perception sections online, usually for free. That said, some websites do charge for more than 2 practice tests (a man’s got to earn a living, after all) – if you’re absolutely desperate for the practice, then pay; if not, shop around and stick to the freebies.
Getting in some good theory test practice is fantastic for ironing out those little questions that could throw you in the real thing; because the questions are randomised, you’re tested on every part of your knowledge, rather than focusing on a specific area to the detriment of others. It’ll also give you a good sense of how much time you get to answer the questions – most people have a tendency to rush their questions, thinking they’ll run out of time. They end up with 30 minutes still on the clock, and a whole host of wrong answers. Use the mock theory tests to gauge how long you have – remember, if you finish early you can still go back and check your answers before you submit them.
As for the hazard perception part of the test, mock tests are great for giving you a good idea of what kind of thing to expect in the exam, especially when it comes to the mouse pointer. For instance, a lot of people think the mouse pointer has to be over the hazard itself (the cyclist, the lorry, the car pulling out). It doesn’t. In fact, in the actual test you don’t even have a visible mouse pointer. Just click.
The mock hazard perception tests also give you a good sense of what constitutes a hazard, and the time frame in which you’re expected to click. You get 5 seconds in total, but the sooner you click within that window then the more points you’ll get – and the better your chances of passing will be. Get used to looking everywhere for hazards – in front, from side streets, on the pavements…
What’s more, there are always some trick ones thrown in to confuse you, so learn the difference between a real developing hazard and a possible one.
We’d advise doing a minimum of 4 hazard perception mock tests. There are usually only six different scenarios available for practice purposes (you can find all 6 here at TheDrivingTests.co.uk), and if you can do all six – multiple times – then that’s great. But as a starter, choose 4 different clips and give them at least one, if not 2, attempts each. That will give you a general idea of what to expect. If you think you need more practice, keep repeating the tests until you’re completely comfortable with what you’re doing.