Theory Test

There is no DVSA [formally DSA] theory test centre in Perth. The nearest centres for taking your theory test are located in,
Dundee, Unit 2, 14-22 Exchange Street DD1 3DE:
Pitlochry, 2 Burnside Road P16 5AL:
Stirling, Suite 1A, Hillside House, Laurelhill Business Park,FK7 9JQ.

It is recommended that the theory test is not taken until your driving lessons are well under way. Around 25,000 people a year do not take their practical test because their theory pass certificate has run out. The theory pass certificate lasts for two years and its surprising how quick time goes. Did most of these 25,000 people take their theory test too early?

The practicalities of learning to drive and the theory of driving should go together. They are not two separate subjects, they are one of the same. Understanding that concept will help you to pass both theory & practical test with ease.
NOTE!
Driving lessons can be taken without passing the theory test.

You can book your theory test here. This is the official DVSA booking service.

Before you drive a car unaccompanied on a public road you will need to pass both a theory test and practical driving test. The theory test consists of two parts;

  • multiple choice part
  • hazard perception part

You must pass both of these at the same time. You cannot pass one and then go back and take the other one.

There are a lot of CD’s & study books on the market to help you study for both of your tests. The Official DSA Guide to DRIVING is the recommended book for all practical driving skills.
More DSA books and driving test theory study material »»»

The Official Highway Code
The Highway Code is essential reading for all drivers, whether learners or experienced. The Highway Code is the book of rules that drivers should always strive to work to.
You can read a copy on-line or purchase a copy.
Online Highway Code

Study Advice

Once you have purchased your study material I would suggest you glance through the books. This gives you an overview of the contents. You could then either read one page at a time as you would a reading book. Alternatively you could choose any topic that catches your attention.
For example if you spotted a photograph or drawing that you thought looked interesting. You read more about it. The photograph or drawing when linked to the description text, could help you to remember the topic details.

How The Theory Test Works

The multiple-choice part
You’ll be given instructions on the process at the start of your test.

You can do a practise session of multiple-choice questions if you wish, to get used to the the test atmosphere.
Once you start a question and several possible answers will appear on a computer screen – you have to select the option you think is the correct answer. Sometimes a question may need more than one answer.

You can move between questions and ‘flag’ questions that you want to come back to later.
Some questions will be given as a case study. The case study will:

  • show a short story that 5 questions will be based on
  • focus on real life examples and experiences you could come across when you’re driving

The multiple-choice part lasts for 57 minutes and the pass mark is 43 out of 50.
After the multiple-choice part you can choose to have a break of up to 3 minutes before the hazard perception part starts.

The hazard perception part
Before you start the hazard perception part, you’ll be shown a short video clip to give you an idea as to what is expected.
You’ll then be shown a series of 14 video clips on a computer screen. The clips:

  • feature everyday road scenes
  • contain at least one ‘developing hazard’ – but one of the clips will feature 2 ‘developing hazards’

A developing hazard is something that may result in you having to take some action, such as changing speed or direction.

Hazard perception test scoring

The earlier you notice a developing hazard and make a response, the higher you will score.
The most you can score for each developing hazard is 5 points.

To get a high score you need to respond to the developing hazard as soon as you see it starting.
If you click continuously or in a pattern during a clip a message will appear at the end. It will tell you that you have scored zero for that particular clip.
You won’t be able to review your answers.
The pass mark is 44 out of 75.