About the test
The UK driving theory test is split into two parts, a multiple choice section designed to test your knowledge of road safety, and a hazard perception part to test your awareness of hazards when driving. Both parts have to be taken in a single sitting and both have to be passed at the same time before you have passed your theory test.
The pass mark for the multiple choice section is 43 out of 50, and the pass mark for the hazard perception part is 44 out of 75.
The Multiple Choice Section
The best way to prepare for the multiple choice section is to look at past questions. Whilst from January 2012 all the possible questions will no longer be pre published, it is still worth checking through old questions, as it is likely that many will still be used. There are numerous driving theory test books which contain a vast array of past questions, and getting someone to test you on them is a great way to prepare.
As well as checking past questions, you should also familiarise yourself with an updated copy of the Highway Code. Many of the theory test questions are based upon this, and learning road signs and stopping distances can be particularly helpful when it comes to taking your theory test.
When sitting the actual test, make sure you read all of the questions carefully. Whilst most questions require only one answer, some will require two and occasionally questions will require three responses. It is well worth checking through your answers once you have finished, as silly mistakes can often creep in without you noticing.
For the Hazard perception, you will be shown 14 clips, 13 of which have a single developing hazard and one of which has 2 developing hazards. There are a maximum of 5 points available for each hazard, giving you a total of 75 points. The idea is that you should click your mouse every time you see a potential hazard, and click again when you see that potential hazard developing into an actual hazard. The quicker you respond to the developing hazard, the more points you will score.
The best way to prepare for this part of the test is to buy a DVD that allows you to practice. Clicking too early or too late can result in you scoring nothing, just as clicking too many times can. By getting used to the format of the test, you will get more used to the timings and be calmer on the day. Whilst it is well worth preparing for hazard perception, it is the theory test questions that most people struggle with- revise hard and you will be likely to succeed.
Practice theory questions are available at theory test practice.