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The Government introduced the driving Theory Test as a major step towards improving road safety in the UK and is compulsory for anybody wanting to obtain a full UK Driving Licence or a licence for a new category. The driving Theory Test is made up of two parts; a multiple choice section and the hazard perception section. You need to pass both parts to pass the theory test. Once you have passed the theory test you can then apply to take your practical test.
Surrey Driving Theory Test Centres
There are numerous driving theory test centres based in and around Surrey and it doesn’t really matter where you take your driving theory test. In Surrey there are driving theory test centres based in Crawley and also in Burgess Hill. Once you begin your Surrey driving lessons we can recommend the nearest driving theory test centre for you to book in your test. You will find out the results of your driving theory test exam on the day and then you can continue on with your Surrey driving lessons until you have the knowlege and confidence to progress to taking your practical driving exam at the Reigate driving test centre also in Surrey.
Taking your theory test
The multiple choice part of the theory test is delivered using a touch screen computer and the hazard perception part of the test records how you respond using the computer mouse button.
If you pass one part and then fail the next you will fail the whole test as both parts have to be passed together. This means you will have to take both parts again.
The questions for each multiple choice test will vary according to the category of vehicle you are taking the test for i.e. the motorcycle theory test will have certain questions that don’t appear in any other test.
With the hazard perception test there are no separate versions for the different type of vehicles, every vehicle category takes the same hazard perception test and all that differs is the pass mark required for each different category.
The bus and lorry multiple choice and hazard perception tests are booked and taken separately.
Part one – the multiple choice test
At the start of your driving theory test you well be given instructions on how the test works. You will also be given the chance to go through a practice test of the multiple choice section and this will also enable you to get used to the layout of the test. At the end of this practice session the real test will start.
The question and several answer options will appear onscreen, and then you will have to select the correct answer to the question by touching the screen. There will be some questions that will need more than one answer; these will be very clearly marked at the start of the question.
For cars and motorcycles on the test you will be asked 50 questions in 57 minutes and the pass mark you must achieve is 43 correct answers out of 50.
If you are taking your bus or lorry theory test you will be asked 100 questions in 115 minutes and the pass mark you must achieve is 85 correct answers out of 100.
Part two – the hazard perception test
When you have finished your first test you will be shown a short tutorial video clip about how the hazard perception test works.
This part of the test is also delivered on the computer but this time you will respond by clicking the mouse button. You will be shown a series of 14 video clips which feature every day situations on a selection of different roads. In each video clip there will be at least one developing hazard, but beware that one of the clips will have two developing hazards.
To achieve a high score you will need to respond to the developing hazard during the early part of its development. The time you have to assess the developing hazard is around 5 seconds, so the timing of your click is very important. It is important to not just click randomly as this will just result in a fail as the computer will sense this and stop that clip and move on to the next one.
What you won’t be able to do is to review any of your answers to the hazard perception clips as just like in real life, you only have one chance to respond to the developing hazard!!
For cars and motorcycles the pass mark you must achieve on the hazard perception part of the theory test is 44 out of 75.
If you are taking your hazard perception test for bus or lorries then your test will be a separate one which will have 19 video clips, and in each of these there will be at last one developing hazard. The pass mark for this test is 67 out of 100.
At the end of your test
When you have completed the multiple choice part and the hazard perception part of your theory test you will then be invited to answer a number of customer survey questions.
You don’t have to answer these questions if you don’t want to, and any information given is anonymous and confidential. The questions asked on the survey don’t in any way affect the result of your test.
Once you have completed your test you can leave the examination room. When you have left the room you will not be allowed to go back. You will then be given your test result by one of the test centre staff. They are not allowed to discuss test result with you.
If you are taking your bus or lorry test, when you have passed both parts of the driving theory test at the Surrey test centre you will receive your pass certificate in the post.