All HKF School of Motoring pupils get free on line theory test training and ongoing support from their instructor
Applying for the Theory Test
Get full details about how to book and manage your theory test appointment
from the Directgov website by clicking here. https://www.gov.uk/driving-theory-test
To book online click here - www.gov.uk/book-a-driving-theory-test
Note that this link is to
the official booking site. Other sites offer a booking service but might charge
an additional commission.
Alternatively, you can make a credit/debit card booking by phone:
- 0300 200 1122 (the DSA booking line).
- Welsh language booking line - 0300 200 1133
- minicom booking line - 0300 200 1166
- fax booking line - 0300 200 1177
Phone lines are open Monday to Friday 8am to 4pm
If you wish to book by post, application forms are available from theory and
practical test centres or from your driving instructor - you can download a booking form
You are exempt from the theory test if you wish to upgrade your licence, for
example if you have a full licence for car with automatic transmission and wish
to take the test for a manual car - you can find more details at the Directgov
web site by clicking here.
There is no limit on the number of attempts you can make at the test - but
you will have to pay the full fee each time. There are no discounts for block
Your test appointment
As with all appointments, allow plenty of time. If you
are late you might miss the test.
You will register your arrival and must show both parts of your
Provisional Driving Licence (if you have an old style paper licence
you must also have a valid passport). You will then be shown to
your booth (privacy is ensured by individual 'booths' for each candidate) where
you can choose to do a practise session to get used to the touch screen system.
After the test starts, there is a timer that lets you know how much time you
have left. If you finish within the 57 minutes allowed, use the remaining time
to go back and check your answers. Answer all the questions - make
sure you answer all the questions, if you don't know the answer to a question and
you are running out of time, simply guess!
You must get 43 (out of 50) correct answers to pass. If you are well
prepared, the test should be easy, but as with any exam, you will have to do
Case study questions
Some of the questions will be given as a case study. The case study
questions show a short story outlining a typical driving situation based on real
life examples and experiences that you could come across when driving - this is
followed by five questions relating to the situation.
After the multiple choice part you can choose to have a break of up to three
minutes before the hazard perception part starts.
At the end of the test you will receive your result. You will also receive
information about the areas of the test where you got questions wrong (if any).
Your pass certificate enables you to apply for your practical test - keep it
in a safe place!
The Hazard Perception Test
The Hazard Perception Test (HPT) comprises a selection
of film clips, showing real road scenes and potential hazards.
You will be assessed on how soon you spot the dangers shown in 14 film clips
chosen at random from a series of two hundred.
Failure to pass the hazard perception test will result in failure of the
whole test even if you do well with the multiple choice questions - if this
happens you will have to take the complete test again.
It's estimated that with around three hours training, new drivers can achieve
scores equal to those of experienced drivers.
Your instructor will advise you about the best way to prepare for the
HPT using CD roms or DVD's.
The touch screen technology
You don't have to know anything about computers to take
the theory test!
You simply read, and/or listen to the questions and then touch the screen to
indicate your choice of answers.
The easy-to-read screens show only one question at a time with simple
navigation than enables you to go backwards or forwards through the
The questions have both text and pictures (for example, road signs) and you
can change your answers at any time. See the info panel on this page for a link
to the DSA sample tests.
The test subjects
The theory test covers a wide range of subjects with questions covering all
aspects of safe driving. You will find information on all the topics in the
The list below shows the subject areas that the questions are taken from:
- Safety and your vehicle
- Safety Margins
- Hazard Awareness
- Vulnerable road users
- Other types of vehicle
- Vehicle handling
- Motorway rules
- Rules of the road
- Road and traffic signs
- Vehicle loading
Arrangements can be made to help people with
special needs, but you must be sure to make enquiries at the time of
If you have problems reading, you can listen to the questions in English or Welsh
A video of the test info in British sign language is available on screen for
those with hearing difficulties. Check with the DSA (Driving Standards Agency)
for details of other ways that they can help.
All centres comply with access regulations for people who have physical
Full details from the DSA