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Although many of us think theory is boring it is just as important as the practical part of driving, and remember you can't have one without the other.

The theory test is a screen based test, and consists of two parts. It has been devised to test your knowledge of driving theory, in particular the rules of road and best driving practice.

Your knowledge of this information is tested in the first part, as series of multiple choice questions. Some multiple choice questions may be presented in the form of case study. 

The second part is called the hazard perception part and consist of a series of film clips, shown from a driver's point of view.



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Although you have to pass your theory test before you can take your practical test, it’s recommended that you start studying for your theory test, but don’t actually take it until you have some practical driving experience.

To prepare for the theory test, we strongly recommend that you study the books or the CD-ROMs from which the questions are taken.

You can find more detailed information about theory test at DVLA web site. Your Lime Driving School instructor will be pleased to answer any further questions you may have on your theory test.

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The easiest ways to book are online or by phone. Using these methods you’ll be given the date and time of your test immediately. You can also book by post.

Book online at To book by telephone, call 0300 200 1122. If you’re deaf and use a minicom machine, call 0300 200 1166.

After you've completed the form you'll be given a booking number and should receive an appointment letter within 10 days.



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 When you arrive at the test centre just make sure you have all the relevant documents with you. You’ll need your provisional driving licence and paper counterpart and any other identification documents requested in your appointment letter. You will then be shown to a booth with a computer.

The first part of the theory test consists of 50 multiple choice questions of which you need to answer 43 correctly to pass. You select your answers for this part of the test by simply touching the screen. Before you start this part of your test, you’ll be given the chance to work through a practice session for up to 15 minutes to get used to the system. 

The second part of the test is hazard perception. Before you start this part you’ll be shown a short tutorial video that explains how the test works and gives you a chance to see a sample film clip. During this part of the test you’ll be shown 14 film clips. Each clip contains one or more developing hazards. The earlier you notice a developing hazard and make a response, the higher your score. There are 15 scoreable hazards in total, each with a maximum of 5 marks. The pass mark for the hazard perception part is 44 out of 75.

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You should receive your result at the test centre within 10 minutes of completing the test. You’ll be given a score for each part of the test. You’ll need to pass both parts to pass the theory test. If you fail one of the parts you’ll have to take the whole test again. 

If you fail your test, you’ve shown that you’re not fully prepared. You’ll have to wait at least three clear working days before you take the theory test again. Good preparation will save you time and money.



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When you pass your theory test you'll be given a certificate. Keep this safe, you'll need it when you go for your practical test. This certificate is valid for two years from the date of your test. This means that you have to take and pass the practical test within this two-year period. If you don't, you'll have to take and pass the theory test again before you can book your practical test.

Now that you've passed your theory test it's important to incorporate what you've learnt to everyday driving and continue to build your knowledge of highway code and good driving principles.



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