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Changes to the theory test: the facts

CGI makeover for theory test

The hazard perception part of the driving theory test is updated with computer generated imagery (CGI) as from Monday 12 January 2015.

DVSA announced in December 2014 that the hazard perception clips in the theory tests would be replaced with new computer generated imagery (CGI) clips.

Filmed video clips were previously used to test candidates' reactions to developing hazards on the road. The scenarios in these clips are still relevant, but the image quality wasn't as clear or defined as modern digital technology allows.

No change to how the test works

The first new clips show the same situations as the filmed clips, but are clearer on the screen and include updated vehicles, roads and surroundings to reflect modern day driving.

The way the hazard perception part of the theory test works hasn’t changed. The pass mark stays the same.

The clips:

- feature everyday road scenes

- contain at least one 'developing hazard' - but one of the clips will feature two 'developing hazards'

No more “official” questions

Since 23 January 2012 the theory test has been made up of multiple-choice questions which are no longer published in learning materials.

The reason behind the move is to stop candidates from simply memorising theory test questions and answers and learning by rote.

Revision materials still available

New official driving and riding theory books were published in September 2011 to help candidates prepare for the test and for life on the road.

The new books contain:

This approach to learning will help candidates to gain a better knowledge and understanding of driving theory which will help them respond correctly to the new, reworded live questions used in the actual test.

No changes to the format of the test

No changes are being made to the format of the theory test. It will still be made up of a multiple-choice part and a hazard perception part.

The time allowed and the pass marks will stay the same.

Find out more

You can find details about the new official learning

materials at tsoshop.co.uk/dsa.

What’s involved in the theory test

The theory test is to check your knowledge of the highway code and related driving rules. The test is done on a computer at a Theory Test Centre. There are two parts, the Theory Test and the Hazard Perception Test. You have to pass both parts at a single sitting.

The theory test has 50 multiple-choice questions. You have to get at least 43 right.

The HPT has 14 video clips, created by CGI. You have to click the mouse button when you see a developing hazard. The sooner you spot it, the more points you get. There are 15 scoring hazards and 5 points max for each. You have to get 44 out of 75 to pass.

Your ECPC instructor will help you practice for both parts of the test as you begin to drive, and advise you on good practice material so you can learn at home.

For more information about how the theory test works, visit direct.gov.uk/theorytest

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