Online Training: The Theory test

Ask about our on the day theory support

You have the option of working through a practice session lasting up to 15 minutes to get used to the system before starting the actual test.

The test has 50 multiple-choice questions to be answered in 57 minutes, You must get at least 43 correct answers to pass. A touch screen computer is used.

You can 'flag' questions that you want to come back to later in the test

Subjects covered include the Highway Code, first aid, documentation and law. When you finish this test, you can take a break of up to three minutes, before starting the hazard perception test.

If you really want to pass your theory test start with our practice paper at the bottom of this page. Currently Unavailable

The Hazard Perception

After a short break you'll then be shown a short tutorial video clip about how the hazard perception part works.

The hazard perception test comprises a selection of 14 film clips chosen at random from a series of two hundred, showing real road scenes and potential hazards. Each clip lasts about one minute.

Candidates will be assessed on how soon they spot the dangers. 13 of the clips contain one hazard, and one of the clips contains two hazards. Each hazard scores a maximum of five points, giving a maximum score of 75. The pass mark is 44 out of 75.

When you spot the hazard, you click the mouse button. The sooner you click, the more points you score.

You will not be able to 'flag' questions that you want to come back to later in this test.

At the end of the hazard perception part of the theory test you'll be invited to answer a number of customer survey questions,You'll then be given your result by the test centre staff.

Click here to find an outline of the hazard marking process »

Our theory practice test is currently unavailable, but will be back soon.

Free Online advice and training

Get a Highway Code and a current theory test CD and book. If you have lessons with DLA, our Instructors will be able to help and advise you. Or you can arrange to train on our computers session are held monthly please ring to check availability, on

0800 0731773

There are also web sites with theory study as well as mock tests. Try some of the links below.

DSA Mock Test » »
Highway Code online »
Think road safety »
Pass plus »


The results of the Theory Test are usually given before you leave the test centre. In addition to the overall score. You will be given feedback about any topic areas in which you answered questions and hazards incorrectly.

Candidates who have special needs will be able to apply to have longer than the standard time of 90 minutes to take the tests.

A headset is available which should help those with dyslexia and other reading difficulties.

A video of the test in British Sign Language is also available on screen for candidates who are deaf or have other hearing difficulties.

Other languages are available including Welsh, Bengali, Cantonese, Hindi, Gujerati, Punjabi, Urdu, Turkish, Arabic, Tamil, Portuguese, Farsi, Albanian, Spanish and Kurdish.

There are no restrictions on the number of times that the candidate may attempt the test.