What Happens on the Day of your Theory Test?

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Usually, when we're nervous it's because we don't know what to expect. The uncertainty of knowing exactly what will happen causes some of us to tense up and start fretting. To help our learners we've posted this article which is a first hand account of exactly what happens on the day of your theory test.

The email that confirms your booking says to arrive to your test at least 10 minutes early. Which makes sense since the sooner you get there (within reason) the sooner you can leave with your pass certificate. Upon entering the building and finding the test centre desk you will be asked for your provisional driving licence.

The administrator will check your details against their booking system and confirm that you are booked in to have a theory test. You will be asked to sign a digital display, confirming that you are who the named person on the licence is. You will then be handed a locker key and a piece of paper which contains the instructions and rules of conducting your theory test.

You must remove all items in your pocket and put them in a locker. You must also remove any watches. Before you put your mobile phone in the locker you must have it switched off and confirmed that it is switched off by the administrator.

Once you have finished placing things in your locker you will then give back the piece of paper with instructions and rules. Depending on how busy the theory test centre is, you will be asked to go through to the examination room with the administrator. This person will check your photocard provisional licence, assign you a computer on the system and point to where you need to sit in the room for your computer. They will usually have screens in front of them showing different angles of the test room to make sure nobody is breaking the rules.

Once you are seated at your assigned computer the screen will switch on and you will be logged in. The first screen you will see will contain general information on the theory test such as the number of questions, the amount of time that you have to complete etc. Before you start the multiple choice theory test you will have the option of doing 5 practise questions to get used to the format. You can choose to skip this and go straight to the test.

During the multiple choice theory test you will be able to flag some questions which you can go back to at the end before submit your answers for assessment. Once you have completed the multiple choice theory test the screen will now bring up general information on your hazard perception test. You will be given the option of doing some practise clips to get used to how the test works. You can skip this and go straight in to the hazard perception test.

There will be a total of 15 clips each varying in length but lasting approximately 1 minute each. Once one clip ends there will be a count down timer starting from 10 seconds before the next hazard perception clip starts. Once you have completed the hazard perception test you may be asked to answer some feedback questions to provide for the DVSA.

You do not have to answer these. When you have completed your theory and hazard perception test you will need to get up and leave quietly to go back to the administration desk. You will need to hand back the photocard part of your provisional licence to the administrator so they can retrieve your test results.

You will now be able to retrieve your possessions from the locker and hand back the locker key. Once your test results are ready the administrator will call your name and hand you your test results. The total time your theory test takes will vary from person to person but you should prepare to be in there for at least 90 minutes.

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