In order to book a practical test you must have passed the theory test – for this reason we normally require you to have passed the theory test before we can confirm the booking for your course. You can find detailed information about the theory test and how to book it at www.gov.uk/booktheorytest .

About the theory test

  • The theory test is made up of two parts; the multiple choice part and the hazard perception part.
  • You need to pass both parts to pass the test.
  • The multiple choice section involves the use of a touch screen computer. It lasts 40 minutes, you will be asked 35 questions and you must answer at least 30 correctly.
  • The hazard perception section is also delivered on a computer but you respond by clicking the mouse. It consists of a series of 14 video clips featuring everyday road scenes. Each clip contains at least one developing hazard and you score by clicking the mouse as you spot the hazard developing. The maximum you can score on each clip is 5 and in order to pass you must score 44 out of 75.

Preparing for the theory test

  • We would strongly recommend that you invest in (and study) the following DSA publications; ‘The Highway Code’, ‘Know Your Traffic Signs’ and ‘Driving, the essential skills’ .
  • Materials to help you prepare for the test, including mock tests, are available at www.gov.uk/theorytest .
  • You can also purchase these in book or DVD form.
  • All of the above publications are available in bookshops,etc or can be ordered online through the DSA website.

Booking a theory test

You will require a valid provisional licence, which is obtained by applying to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), www.gov.uk/drivinglicence . You can also obtain the relevant form from Post Offices.

You can book your theory test online at www.gov.uk/booktheorytest  or by phone on 0300 200 1122 .

Call us on 01873 821600 or 01981 241367