Changes to the Theory Test
LATEST UPDATE - changes to the Theory Test
From the 7th April 2014, the DSA are removing the option to take a Theory Test in any language other than English, Welsh or British sign language. This means that you will no longer be able to take a Theory Test with a foreign language voiceover or use a foreign language interpreter for your theory or practical test.
The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) have confirmed that they are in the process of updating the clips in the Hazard Perception Test, with the aim of introducing them into the second part of the Theory Test by the end of 2013.
The DSA wants people to take a look at the samples they have created of the new computer generated hazard perception clips. These are only early tests so may change from the samples they have released.
Changes to the Hazard Perception Test
The DSA have announced that they are to update the video clips in the hazard perception test. To find out further information about these changes head on over to the ‘Changes to the Hazard Perception Test‘ page.
What were the last major Theory Test changes?
From 23rd January 2012, the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) made a number of Theory Test changes. From this date, the DSA were to stop publishing the live multiple choice questions used in Theory Tests. The changes to the UK Driving Theory Test will affect all learner drivers and motorcyclists, trainee ADIs and LGV/PCV drivers.
The DSA will not let anyone publish the new Theory Test questions, so they will not appear in any product, nor on any website. However, the DSA will continue to release official DSA Theory Test revision questions, and these will be published in all Driving Test Success products.
What’s the difference between the DSA revision questions and the “real” Theory Test questions?
The “real” DSA Theory Test questions that you will be asked in your exam will, from 23rd January 2012, start to include new questions that will not be published in the official revision question bank.
How many official DSA revision questions are published in Driving Test Success All Tests?
It depends on which vehicle licence is being applied for, but approximately 1,000 Theory Test questions.
Is the second part of the Theory Test, the Hazard Perception Test, changing too?
The DSA have confirmed that the clips in the Hazard Perception Test are being updated with the aim of introducing them into the second part of the Theory Test by the end of 2013. Watch a sample of the new CGI hazard perception clips.
If I fail one part of my Theory Test, will I still have to sit both parts again?
Unfortunately yes. Some people are under the impression that since the changes to the Theory Test came into force; if you failed either the multiple choice part of your test of your Hazard Perception Test then you only need to re-sit the part that you failed. However, this is NOT true. If you fail either parts of your Theory Test, you will need to re-sit both the Theory Test and Hazard Perception Test again.
Will the changes to the Theory Test affect the structure of the test?
No, the structure of the Theory Test isn’t changing. For car drivers there will still be 50 multiple choice Theory Test questions, including 5 case study questions, and then Part Two consists of 14 Hazard Perception Test questions.
Why is the DSA changing the Theory Test?
The DSA has decided, after taking advice from organisations including UK driving schools, that it wants to discourage learners from “learning by rote“. The DSA feels that this will lead to a better understanding of the actual study materials, in particular the Highway Code.
Will the changes to the Theory Test affect tests in Northern Ireland?
Yes, the DSA have confirmed that the changes to the Theory Test will affect tests in Northern Ireland.
Do I need to get any practice for the new 2013 Theory Test?
Yes, it’s as important as ever to get plenty of practice before sitting the driving Theory Test. In fact, very little will change when it comes to preparing for the Theory Test.
We recommend that you:
- Study the Highway Code and gain a thorough understanding of it. A digital version of the Highway Code is included in all Driving Test Success products.
- Use a reliable, up-to-date Theory Test practice tool from the Driving Test Success. Our revision aids closely mirror the real DSA test, providing you with a chance to answer revision questions under realistic exam conditions. They also include the official DSA “knowledge and understanding” text, which offers explanations of the answers. By getting plenty of practice with Driving Test Success, a learner will understand how the test works, become more familiar with the kind of questions that will be asked, and have a better understanding of the subject matter.
- Try the interactive sample case study questions included with Driving Test Success. You will still be asked 5 case study questions as part of your Theory Test multiple choice element, so it’s important to understand how this section is structured.
- Attempt as many interactive Hazard Perception Test video questions as possible, to prepare for the second part of the Theory Test. Driving Test Success products contain a huge amount of interactive Hazard Perception video clips.