The Complete Guide to the Driving Theory Test

The driving theory test is a mandatory step before you can take your practical driving test and get your licence. There are a lot of resources to help you nail the theory first time. Find our quick tips below.

When Should I Book My Theory Test?

First thing's first, you need a provisional driving licence before you can book your theory test. So we recommend you apply for that as soon as possible.

How is the Theory Test Structured?

There are two parts to the test:

  1. Multiple choice questions
  2. Hazard perception - You'll be shown video clips where you have to spot hazards on the road within a good timeframe

How Do I Book My Theory Test?

You can book your theory test online from the Gov.UK website.

When Am I Eligible to Sit The Test?

You can sit your theory test any day from your 17th birthday and in some cases from when you are 16, if you have applied for a Personal Independence Payment (PIP).

Why Do I Need to Sit The Theory Test?

You need to take the theory test before you can sit your practical driving test.

If you are upgrading from an automatic licence or already have a Category B1 Driving Licence (3- or 4-wheeled light vehicles) you don't need to sit the theory test.

Can I Practice Theory Tests?

You can! The Gov.UK website has an practice theory test you can take online.