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Theory Test Questions

Theory Test Q&A: Put your knowledge to the test

  • Theory test questions
  • Tips and Pointers to help you with your theory questions

There are 50 questions in the multiple-choice part of the theory test. These quiz you on everything to do with driving, from road signs and markings to car maintenance, so it’s best to know your stuff.

You get 57 minutes to answer all the questions, and you can go back to check over your answers if you have time at the end. You can also ‘flag’ questions you don’t understand or aren’t sure about, and return to them at the end as well.

Theory Test format

The theory test is divided into different sections depending on what they’ll be testing you on. So there’s a section about road safety, a section on signs and their meanings, a section on paperwork requirements (yep, you even need to know what documentation drivers need to have). You get the idea. At the end of each section they’ll tell you how many questions you’ve answered and how many you’ve flagged.

At the end of the test, if you’ve answered all the questions to the best of your ability, you’ve checked and double-checked your answers and you still have time remaining, you can choose to go straight to the hazard perception part of the test. This means you don’t have to sit around waiting for the timer to count down to zero, twiddling your thumbs when you could be getting on with the second part of the test.

The computer will usually ask you if you want a trial hazard perception run. TAKE IT. At the end of the day, no matter how well you’ve prepared, there will be a certain amount of nervousness to taking the theory test at the test centre. So have the practice run, get yourself used to how the computer works. Then when it comes to the real thing, you’re not worrying about what to do, or what to expect.

Once you've completed your test

Finally, when you’ve done the hazard perception test (and the computer will tell you) you’ll be asked to review everything and then log off. It’s then a case of going back to the reception room and waiting for your results.

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