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Everything You Need to Know to Book Your Theory Test

If you’re eager to get behind the wheel and begin driving, the first step is to schedule your theory test. This test is an important element of the driver’s licence application process since it assesses your understanding of the rules of the road, hazard perception, and ability to recognize and respond to various driving scenarios. Here’s all you need to know about scheduling your theory test.


Before you book your theory test, you need to make sure that you’re eligible to take it. In most cases, you need to be at least 17 years old and hold a valid UK provisional driving licence. If you’re not sure whether you’re eligible to take the test, you can check with the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) for more information.

Choosing a Test Centre

There are hundreds of theory test centres located across the UK, so you should have no problem finding one that’s convenient for you. You can search for test centres on the DVSA website, and you can choose the location that’s closest to your home or workplace.

Booking Your Test

Once you’ve chosen a test centre, you can book your theory test online, by phone, or by post. Online bookings are the most convenient option, and you can do it anytime, anywhere, as long as you have an internet connection. You’ll need your provisional driving licence number, your debit or credit card, and your preferred test date and time.

Test Fees

The cost of the theory test varies depending on the type of test you’re taking. The standard car theory test costs £23, and the extended theory test costs £25. You can pay the test fee online using a debit or credit card.

Test Preparation

Preparing for your theory test is essential if you want to pass it on your first attempt. The DVSA provides a range of study materials, including books, DVDs, and online resources, which you can use to revise for your test. You can also find free theory test practice questions and hazard perception videos online.

Test Format

The theory test consists of two parts: multiple-choice questions and hazard perception. The multiple-choice part contains 50 questions, and you have 57 minutes to complete it. The hazard perception part contains 14 video clips, and you need to identify potential hazards in each clip. You have 20 minutes to complete this part of the test.

Test Day

On the day of your theory test, you need to arrive at the test centre at least 15 minutes before your appointment. You’ll need to bring your provisional driving licence, a form of ID, and your booking confirmation. You’ll also need to pass through a security check before entering the testing room.

Test Results

After you’ve completed your theory test, you’ll receive your results immediately. You need to score at least 43 out of 50 on the multiple-choice questions and at least 44 out of 75 on the hazard perception part to pass the test. If you pass, you’ll receive a pass certificate, which you need to present when you take your practical driving test.

Retaking the Test

f you don’t pass your theory test on your first attempt, you can retake it after three working days. You’ll need to book and pay for a new test, and you’ll need to study and prepare for the test again. If you fail your second attempt, you’ll need to wait at least ten working days before you can retake the test again. If you fail three times in a row, you’ll need to wait at least three months before you can take the test again.

It’s important to remember that passing the theory test is just one step in obtaining your driver’s licence. You’ll also need to pass your practical driving test, which tests your ability to drive safely and competently on the road. Preparing thoroughly for your theory test can help you feel confident and prepared when you take your practical test, so it’s worth investing the time and effort to do well.


In conclusion, booking and preparing for your theory test can seem daunting, but it’s an important step in becoming a licensed driver. By following the steps outlined above and studying diligently, you can increase your chances of passing the test on your first attempt. And if you don’t pass, don’t get discouraged – retake the test after the waiting period and keep working towards your goal of obtaining your driver’s licence. Good luck!

Frequently Asked Questions
You can use GOV.UK’s licence exchange entitlement tool to see if you are qualified to exchange your international driving licence for a UK one.
If you are a visitor to the UK, your 12-month period will begin again when you return. If you are currently a resident of the UK, however, this 12-month timeframe does not restart.
No. If the initial licence indicates that you completed your driving test in an automatic vehicle, you will be able to drive only automatic vehicles. If you want to drive a vehicle with manual gears in the UK, you must pass an additional exam.
After submitting your application, the DVLA estimates that you will obtain your licence in three weeks. Keep in mind that this is an estimate; it may take longer if extra checks are required.
If you need to take the test to drive in order to obtain a UK driving licence, you can do so by going to GOV.UK and booking your test. However, keep in mind that driving test waiting periods can be lengthy. If timing is of the essence, Connect’s can help you get ahead of the practical test.
Looking to permanently import a car into the UK? You must notify HMRC, pay VAT and duty, obtain vehicle authorisation, register and tax the car. You must also guarantee it before driving it on UK roads. Will you only be driving in the UK for six months or less? You should look into the regulations regarding temporary imports.
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