Posted: 23-03-2017 In: Driving Tips General Driving Theory Tests
Driving Theory Test
Anyone who wants to acquire a driver’s license must go through a theory test. According to traffic laws of UK you must qualify driving test and must come under the criteria to obtain a license. Passing criteria of test varies. Test is multiple choices based with two sections.
There are two sections of test i.e. theory test & hazard perception. Theory test comprises of 50 questions and out of which 43 must be answered correctly that is if you get 86% whereas Hazard perception test consists of 75 questions and 44 questions must be answered correctly that is if you gain 58% marks to pass overall test.
Passing Ratio of theory Test
Driving test is very competitive and based on logically understanding of a person. If you are well aware of traffic rules you can pass the exam. Passing ration varies every year. Thousands of applications are received, thousands of students appear every year but only half of them pass the exam. From 2013 to March 2016 each year passing ratio went down instead of increasing.
In 2013/14 it was 51.6%, 2014/15 the ratio was 51% and in 2015/2016 YTD i.e. till March, the ratio is 49.2%. So if you are planning to take a driving test you must prepare well or else the result may not be in your favor because of being competitive.
Many lucky applicants pass theory test in first attempt. Till the mid of 2015, 1.6 million applicants sat for the test, but 481,000 could pass the exam in first attempt, which is approximately 28% of the test resulted.
Applicants claimed to have passed exam in first attempt, and that could be a good luck or they might have been saved by fringe margin of marks. If you fail the exam the cost of resit agglomerates to two times of the original fees. That is the cost of resit is £23 but it shoots the fees up to £46 after addition of original fail and this excludes the cost of traveling to the examination center, fatigue, traffic hurdles and waste of time.
Types of Question in Driving test
Driving test comprises of a variety of question to weigh understanding of candidates. There two sections based on 8 to 9 topics in a test. First section of the test is related to theory test and the second section is related to hazard perception. From within these two sections 8 to 9 topics are given in the test. Topics consist of questions about accidental aids, alertness, attitude of a driver, vehicle documents, engine parts, hazard awareness, driving rules, other vehicles, road and traffic signs and rules of the road.
You will be given marks based on two sections. You are required to obtain 86% in the section of theory test and 58% marks in the hazard perception test to pass overall exam.
Although there are many preparation sources available in the market for example books, sign charts & videos. The most reliable way to prepare for the exam is video learning. Visual memory is the strongest, what you see with your eyes is always remembered.
After you think you have enough knowledge, you should book your test a few days prior. After booking your test it is better to take mock tests till the date of your examination. Mock tests are designed similar to original driving test and if you score 100% in the mock test, there is a chance that you can acquire 90% in original exam.
Tips for the Exam
If you are going to take the exam for the first time than here are some tips;
- Try to manage your revision time and opt visual techniques to make your concepts.
- Before taking a theory test revise as much as possible.
- Take mock test and attempt a minimum of 10 exams of theory and hazard perception tests.
- If you get high scores in your mock test only than you should book an exam or else don’t waste your money.
- If you have taken DVSA theory test and have answered 100% correctly only than you can book your test.
- You must understand the aim of taking the exam not only because you want to acquire a license but driving test is vital information. You learn everything and this makes you a safer and well informed driver.
- Schedule your plan of taking the test and prepare yourself in time. Look for past questions and memorize as much as you can. You can find a lot of material online.