DSA TEST FEE - £23.00
You can take your theory test once your provisional licence becomes valid.
Normally, for car drivers, the earliest date your provisional licence can become valid is your 17th birthday, however you can apply for the licence up to three months before your 17th birthday.
If you are receiving disability living allowance at the higher rate, your provisional licence will come into effect when you are 16, but you can apply for it within three months of your 16th birthday.
Part one - multiple choice
This test is taken on a PC. Before the test starts you'll be given instructions on how the test works.
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'll be asked 50 questions in 57 minutes and the pass mark is 43 out of 50.
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. Please note that special arrangements can be made for those with dyslexia, or other learning difficulties.
The theory test for car drivers, moped and motorcycle riders also includes some questions in a case study format. The case study takes the form of a scenario, or short story, on which five multiple choice questions are based. Candidates have to answer the questions in the normal way using the touch screen or mouse.
Part two - hazard perception
After the break you'll then be shown a short tutorial video clip about how the hazard perception phase works.
The hazard perception test 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 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.
To achieve a high score you'll need to respond to the developing hazard during the early part of its development. The maximum you can score on each hazard is five.
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.
If you pass one part and fail the other you'll fail the whole test, and you'll need to take both parts again.
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