The multiple choice part is delivered using a touch screen computer or conventional screen and mouse. The hazard perception part records your responses through the use of a computer mouse button. You need to pass BOTH parts to pass the theory test. If you pass one part and fail the other you will fail the whole test, and you will need to take both parts again in which case there will be a minimum 3 day time lapse.
For the hazard perception test there are no separate versions for different vehicles, each vehicle category takes the same test, however the pass mark is different for different categories of tests.
Before the test starts you will be given instructions on how the test works. You can also choose to go through a practice session of the multiple choice questions to get used to the layout of the test. At the end of the practice session the real test will begin.
A question and four answer options will appear onscreen and you have to select the correct answer to the question by touching the screen or using the mouse. Some questions may require more than one answer. You can navigate between questions and ‘flag’ questions that you want to come back to later in the test. You will have 57 minutes to answer 50 questions.
The pass mark for the multiple choice part of the theory test is 43 out of 50
After the multiple choice part you can choose to have a break of up to three minutes before the hazard perception part starts.
The hazard perception part is also delivered on a computer but you respond by clicking a button on the mouse. You will be presented with a series of 14 video clips which feature every day road scenes, in each clip there will be at least one developing hazard, but one of the clips will feature two developing hazards. To achieve a high score you will need to respond to the developing hazard during the early part of its development. The maximum you can score on each hazard is five. You will not be able to review your answers to the hazard perception test; as on the road, you will only have one chance to respond to the developing hazard.
The pass mark for the hazard perception part of the theory test is 44 out of 75.
When you have finished the test you may leave the examination room. Once you have left the room, you will not be allowed to enter it again. You will then be given your result by the test centre staff.
The UK theory test now consists of two parts. The multiple choice section and the hazard perception section. For cars and motorcycles from 3 September 2007 you''ll be asked 50 questions in 57 minutes and the pass mark is 43 out of 50. For lorries and buses you''ll be asked 60 questions in 70 minutes and the pass mark is 51 out of 60. The hazard perception section consists of 14 movie clips, you must score 44 out of a possible 75 marks to pass this part, LGV or PCV candidates must score 50 out of 75.
You must pass the multiple choice and the hazard perception parts at the same time to pass the theory test.