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Theory and hazard perception come first
You need to pass your theory and hazard perception test at the same time before you can apply for your practical test. You do not however, need to have passed these before taking lessons. Your instructor, as part of your training, can help you prepare for the theory and hazard perception tests, and advise when you are ready to take them.  

You will need a valid provisional driving licence to take your theory test and can book your theory and hazard perception tests online at, or by phone or by post. All the contact information you need is here :-

How the theory test works
The theory test is a 50-question multiple-choice test. To pass you must answer 43 or more questions correctly within 57 minutes. Questions are chosen at random from a bank of over 1,000 questions, and you answer by touching the screen. During the test you have the option to skip questions and return to them later.  

You can take a mock test online here:

How the hazard perception test works
Immediately after your theory test, you'll watch a series of 14 one-minute video clips, each showing potential hazards involving road conditions, pedestrians or road users.

There are 15 hazards to identify and you can score up to 5 points on each one, depending on how quickly you identify them. You need to score 44 out of 75 to pass - don’t worry it is not as tough as it sounds!

Then comes the practical test
In your practical test, you have 40 minutes to demonstrate everything you have learnt in your driving lessons. You need to show you can drive competently and safely in all kinds of driving situations. You'll be asked to do two of the three reversing manoeuvres you've practised with your instructor, and possibly make an emergency stop. You'll also answer two vehicle safety check questions, one 'show me' and one 'tell me'.

To pass, you will have to complete the test with no serious faults, and you must have 15 or fewer minor errors.

Independent Driving
Your practical driving test will include a section of 'independent driving'. In the independent driving section of your test, you'll be asked to drive for about 10 minutes without step by step route directions from your examiner.

Be prepared!
The current national average practical pass rate is around 43%, so it makes sense to be as prepared as possible.  Your instructor will advise you when you are ready for the practical test and help you understand the main reasons people fail.  A mock test can help to prepare you for your practical test and also show up any weaker areas which may need further developing before the 'real thing'.

Study materials are available for all tests, but for the Theory, you could read The Highway Code, Driving Essential Skills, The Official DSA Theory Test for Car Drivers.

Test costs

The combined theory and hazard perception test currently costs *£23.00.
A weekday practical test^ costs *£62.00 and an evening or weekend test costs *£75.00.  

The practical test fee is paid to the DSA and is to cover the costs involved in your test - it does not include any pre-test lessons or car hire during the test - you will need to pay this fee direct to your instructor.
NOTE: Be sure to use the official government website as there are copycat websites that look similar but charge you a booking fee - you do not need to pay any booking fees if you are on the correct website

Once you've passed
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*Test prices correct January 2016
^Should an extended test be necessary, the fee is higher as a double test slot time is required.

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