Online driving test
A. Multiple choice element in online theory test
The theory test is a computer-based test at various tests centres around the country.
This section is designed to test your understanding of the theory behind driving. Before the online test starts you’ll be given instructions on how the test works. You can also choose to go through a practice session of the multiple choice questions to get used to the layout of the test. At the end of the practice session the real test will begin. You have 57 minutes to complete the test. There is a 15-minute practice session you can work through before starting the tests. The questions in each multiple choice test in driving theory test vary according to the category of vehicle you’re hoping to obtain a license for, i.e. a motorcycle theory test will contain specific questions that don’t appear in any other test. A question and several answer options will appear onscreen and you have to select the correct answer to the question by touching the screen. Some questions may require more than one answer. You can navigate between questions and ‘flag’ questions that you want to come back to later in the test. After the multiple choice part you can choose to have a break of up to three minutes before the hazard perception part starts. For cars and motorcycles you’ll be asked randomly selected 50 multiple-choice questions in 57 minutes and you need to get at least 43 right to pass. For lorries and buses you’ll be asked 60 questions in 70 minutes and the pass mark is 51 out of 60. The cost of the theory test is £28.50
B. Hazard Perception Test
After the break you’ll then be shown a short tutorial video clip about how the hazard perception part works. This forms a second section of the online driving theory test and must be passed at the same time. This section is designed to tests your awareness of potential hazards whilst driving. The hazard perception part is also delivered on a computer but you respond by clicking a button on the mouse. You’ll be presented with a series of 14 video clips each about a minute long, which feature every day road scenes. In each clip there’ll be at least one developing hazard, but one of the clips will feature two developing hazards. The videos feature various types of hazard, such as road conditions, vehicles and pedestrians. The earlier you spot a hazard developing that may require the driver to take some action, the higher the score. There are 15 scoreable hazards in the tests and candidates can score up to 5 points on each hazard. Unlike multiple choice questions, for the hazard perception test there are no separate versions for different vehicles e.g. car, bike, heavy vehicle etc, each vehicle category takes the same test, however the pass mark is different for different categories of tests. You won’t be able to review your answers to the hazard perception test; as on the road, you’ll only have one chance to respond to the developing hazard. The pass mark for the car and motorcycle hazard perception part of the theory test is 44 out of 75. For lorries and buses the pass mark is 50 out of 75
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