How to Pass your Driving Theory Test

Posted on 21st July 2021

Every year, a little over half of all people taking their driving theory test fail. A number of people make the mistake of assuming that having driving lessons is enough to then pass their theory. However, as these statistics show that’s not necessarily the case. The test itself draws on over 700 questions which you will be asked a random selection of - so preparation is definitely necessary.

Here are our top tips on how to pass your driving theory test the first time round to save you paying for the test all over again.

Put the hours in

As mentioned, around half of all people taking the test do fail, so make sure you give it the revision time it deserves. After all, it’s better to put extra hours in now than have to take the test again. You’ll need to gain 43/50 marks on the multiple choice questions, and 44/75 on the hazard perception test to pass the whole test. This does require a significant amount of knowledge, and it’s worth remembering that this is knowledge that will keep you and other drivers on the road safe. 

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Have a practise run

As part of your revision, make sure to make time for mock tests. The format of the test, and particularly the hazard perception section, will take some practise to get used to. Don’t risk winging it and having your first go at a hazard perception section when you are in the actual test itself. Try and aim for at least around 10 mock examinations to feel fully prepared. 

Don’t keep putting it off

It’s easy to keep delaying your test. But sometimes we need the pressure of having a date for it to force us into action. So if you fall into this camp and keep putting yours off then consider booking a date for it even if you aren’t quite where you’d like to be with your prep just yet. Just don’t book it in for next week! Make it far enough in the future that you have time to fully prepare, but having a date might just help spring you into action if you aren’t managing it at the moment. 

Use an app

The pass rates of people using driving theory apps to prepare for their tests is significantly higher than the average pass rate. So if you’re serious about passing first time then apps offer a great way to ensure that. There are a number of different driving theory tests out there, some are free and others have a small cost - the official DVSA one is £4.99 and well worth it. Especially if it means saving you from paying to repeat the test!

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