Learning how to understand the road code and how to follow signed instructions, road markings and much more is essential to becoming a safe and confident driver. Some may, or may not have already passed the theory test but for those who have not the theory test is the first stage you will need to have completed before being allowed to take the practical driving test. Please note you will be unable to book the practical driving test until you have done this no matter how well you believe you can drive. Remember, the test has two main parts, The Multiple Choice Questions Section and The Hazard Perception Section. To successfully pass, you will be required to complete both parts of the test by achieving the required pass mark for each section.

But even if you have, it’s always good to go over and revise from time to time. If you do not get the theory certificate the first time around, don’t be disheartened as it can sometimes take a few attempts and you can always try again.

At the end of the test you will be given a sheet which tells you the outcome, and you’re test scores for each section. Use this to compare your marks to those required and see where you need to focus. There are lots of online links, training tools and other resources designed to assist you with this, so try and make use of any that are available to you.

Some Tips!

  • Try and always set aside a reasonable amount of time to study, this should be when you are least distracted and not tired. There is a lot of information you will need to process, and it is essential that you have a clear mind, and space to do so.
  • If possible, try and make use of all the learning tools available to assist you. There are many online resources, reading books and other training tools
  • It currently costs £23.00 to sit the car and motorcycle theory test at one of the centers
  • When booking ensure you have your provisional licence number, a valid credit/debit card, and a valid email address
  • The Hazard Perception pass mark required is 44 out of 75 points.
  • The Multiple choice pass mark required is 43 out of 50 points.
  • You can always get a friend or relative to test you by doing a quiz and asking you random questions. You can use this to see how well you are doing and it can also be fun.
  • On the day, remember to take along you’re provisional photocard licence when going to sit your theory test. Without this, the staff at the center will be unable to verify your identity or information, and you will be unable to take the test on the day.
  • If you do not pass the theory on the day you must wait three working days from the date before you can re-take it.


How long will my theory pass certificate be valid for? and why do I need it?

Once you have passed the theory, your pass certificate will be valid for two years from that date. Within this time you are given the opportunity to take the practical exam and gain your full driver’s licence. If for any reason you are unable to do so within the timescale given you will be required by law to retake the theory test as the certificate will no longer be valid.

As mentioned earlier, the theory test is the first stage you will need to have completed before even attempting to take the practical test. There is no point in assessing a learner for their licence if they only know how to drive a car but do not understand how and when to act on other information when needed. That itself is a hazard to the candidate, the examiner, pedestrians and other road users. Road signs and other forms of traffic information play vital roles in keeping our roads, and it’s users safe. They are in place for a reason and should be followed at all times by law. 

Remember an instructor is not only here to teach you driving skills alone. They will also want to test your awareness of the roads and see how well you process and act upon information given while driving.

The theory test pass certificate is essential and will show that you understand and know all of this information, by allowing you to move on to the next step.