The Driving Test
The Theory Test
The theory test now consists of two parts, the multiple choice questions and the hazard perception test. You must pass both parts to pass your theory test.
The multiple choice section consists of 50 questions which you will be required to answer in 57 minutes. This part of the test requires you answer the questions by touching the correct box on the actual computer screen. The system is very easy to use and before you actually start the test you have the option of a 15 minute practice session before the real test begins.
Throughout the test you have the option to flag any questions that you would like to come back to a bit later. So when you've reached question 50 you can go back to any that you've flagged. Also make sure you use all the time available to go over all the questions again just in case you've made any obvious mistakes. The pass mark for this section is 44 out of 50. When you have finished the multiple choice section you can have a 3 minute break before the Hazard Perception section starts.
Before the real Hazard perception test begins you have a tutorial which shows what you need to do for the test, and after if required you can repeat this tutorial one more time only.
The Hazard perception test consists of 14 movie clips which are approximately 1 minute long. One of the clips has 2 hazards you are required to spot. So for this section you are required to spot 15 hazards in 14 movie clips. The test requires you to spot the hazards in the clips by clicking on the mouse button as soon as you see the hazard develop. The earlier you spot the hazard the higher your score will be. If you click the mouse as soon as you see the hazard developing you will get the maximum of 5 points for that hazard. A Hazard is anything that could cause you, the driver to change speed or direction. The Pass Mark for this section is 44 out of 75.
The Practical Test
The U.K. Driving test is all about making sure that people who pass are competent and safe in the basic skills of driving.
The test starts with an eyesight test. The examiner will ask you to read a number plate from a randomly chosen vehicle at a distance of 20.5 metres (if you're unable to read the plate correctly, you will fail the test).
The examiner will then ask you 2 of the show me tell me questions. If you incorrectly answer 1 or both of the questions you will get 1 minor fault (this will not result in failure).
During the driving part of the test you will be expected to drive in various road situations, some of them will be at higher speeds possibly up to 70 Mph. You will also be asked to perform 1 of the reversing manoeuvres and you may also be asked to perform the Emergency Stop exercise.
For about 20 minutes, half of the test, you will be asked to follow directions from a sat nav. This will be set up by the examiner, one in five driving tests won't use a sat nav you will follow road signs instead. The examiner may show you a diagram to help you understand where you'll be going. It doesn't matter if you don't remember every direction, or if you go the wrong way.
The purpose is rather to assess your ability to drive safely whilst at the same time having to make your own decisions in order to reach your target destination. This includes for example deciding when it's safe to pull over and ask for directions. Your result will not be affected unless you commit a driving fault, even if you go off the independent driving route.