The driving theory test is in two parts – a question part and a hazard perception part. Both parts have to be passed at the same time and the theory test must be passed before you can apply for the practical driving test. Most theory tests are carried out at dedicated theory test centres rather than at practical test centres. You do not have to pass your theory test before you start your driving lessons.


The first part of the theory test involves 50 multiple choice questions on a touch screen computer. The pass mark is 43 out of 50.

Hazard Perception (HPT)
When you’ve completed the questions, there will be a short delay and then the Hazard perception test will start. The test consists of 14 clips of film each lasting around 30 or 40 seconds. In total there are 15 “developing hazards” that you will need to identify. The sooner you identify the scoring hazards, the higher your score. There is a maximum of 5 points per scoring hazard. You just need to click the mouse, not move the mouse cursor over the hazard. The pass mark is 44 out of 75.

You need to pass both parts of the theory test at the same time or you will need to re-take both parts again.

At wilby-drivin I provide full advice and support for both aspects of the theory test.