We recommend studying for theory test before or alongside taking practical lessons. This reinforces the lessons from each as you bring the theory into practical driving experience. The theory test was introduced in 1996 and is a multiple choice style exam about driving theory and the Highway Code. You must score at least 43 out of 50 in order to pass.
To study for the exam you will need a copy of the highway code (viewable online for free here !) ,
The theory test question bank and a Theory DVD which simulates the actual test and the HPT. There are lots of good products out there to purchase online, from good book shops and also from ourselves. However there are many good free examples with a little searching on-line.
You do not need to pass the theory test before you take practical lessons, however we recommend applying for the test as early as possible. You can apply for the test online on the DSA website. You will need your provisional license and a way to pay the applicable fee. Once online you will be given a choice of local test centres and test dates. The average waiting list is about 2 weeks. The nearest centres to Melton Mowbray are Leicester, Nottingham or Grantham.
In 2002 a hazard perception test was introduced and is now a necessary requirement in addition to the multiple question theory test. The test candidate is shown a series of video clips containing developing traffic situations filmed from a drivers perspective. You are required to click a button when you notice a potential danger or a developing hazard. The response times are measured and scored over a series of 14 video clips containing 15 hazards in total, each scoring between 1 and 5 points. A total mark of 44 out of 75 is required to pass the test.
Both the HPT and the written test must be completed successfully at the same time to receive a theory test pass certificate.
The theory test pass certificate is the required for booking your practical test date. It is valid for 2 years.
We will help you in all stages for studying for this test.