For you to prepare for the theory test the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) recommend that all candidates study the Highway Code, Know Your Traffic Signs and the relevant book from DSA’s Driving Skills series. Regardless of driving experience, candidates are recommended to make full use of all the available study material to help them prepare for the multiple choice and hazard perception elements of the theory test.
Preparing for the theory test
The theory test has two parts, part one is a multiple choice test using touch screen computers and part two is the hazard perception test where you will use the mouse button to click.
To help you prepare for both parts of the theory test we recommend that you use all the resource material available to you. All the resource material is available from most good high street shops and from the DSA official online bookstore at www.tsoshop.co.uk
When you have booked your first theory test the DSA will send you a confirmation letter along with a free DVD called “Are you ready?” which you should watch closely as it explains the process of taking the theory test .
Practise multiple choice questions online
DSA also provide an online service that allows you to test your knowledge and understanding of the Highway Code, Know Your Traffic Signs and the Essential Skills series of books. The practice theory tests only contain multiple choice questions and do not allow you to practise the hazard perception test online. Remember that whilst lots of practise is advisable and recommended, it does not guarantee a pass when you go to take the real theory test.
If you want to practise a multiple choice test online, then click on the link www.theory-tests.co.uk
To properly prepare for the multiple choice part of the theory test, there are three main books known as the source material which includes; The Highway Code, Know Your Traffic Signs and the relevant vehicle Driving Skills series.
The complete set of all the theory test questions and answers is also available in book and CD-ROM format.
The DSA has produced its own DVD to help you prepare for the hazard perception test. This training DVD adopts a structured approach to working out the hazards, looking for the clues, the ‘mirror – signal – manoeuvre’ routine, scanning and planning, prioritising, cutting down the risks and responding to the hazards. The DVD also has a number of interactive and example hazard perception clips.
This DVD has been produced not with the aim of teaching yourself, but as an aid to guide you along the right lines to recognise developing hazards.
You will find that after using the DVD and then applying the knowledge on your driving lessons your competence will improve while you are on the road driving with you instructor.
All of these products are available to buy from most good high street book shops; they are also available to order over the phone and online through the Stationery Office. www.stationeryoffice.co.uk