Smart's School of Motoring - The Driving Tests
The Multiple Choice Theory Test
This is taken using a touch screen computer. A practice session before the test begins will show you how to use the computer and how to answer the questions.
The test itself is 50 multiple-choice questions. Only one question will appear on the screen at a time. You will be able to move backwards and forwards through the questions and flag questions that you want to look at again.
You will be allowed a maximum of 57 minutes to answer all 50 questions and you must answer 43 or more questions correctly in order to pass.
Practice The Theory Test With Our Mock Theory Test
The Hazard Perception Element
After the multi-choice test has finished you will be allowed a break of up to three minutes after which the hazard perception test will start.
Firstly a instruction video will play. This will give you details on how to take the test.
During the test you will see 14 film clips of traffic scenes from a driver's point of view. In each clip a hazard - something that makes the driver stop, slow down or change direction - will develop. Thirteen of the clips will contain one hazard and the other two.
As soon as you see the hazard develop you need to press either the left or right mouse button. The sooner you recognise the hazard the more points you score.
When you press one of the mouse buttons you will see a red flag appear at the bottom of the screen. This red flag shows that your response has been recorded.
The marking for each score able hazard is split into 5 parts. If you respond in the first part you will get 5 points, in the second part 4 points, and so on down to 1 point. If you fail to respond within the marked area of the clip, or are responding in an unacceptable manner, 0 points will be given for that clip.
If you press the mouse button indiscriminately you will score zero.
The pass rate is 44 out of a possible 75 points.
Practical Driving Test
In order to pass the practical driving test you must demonstrate that you have a good understanding of the Highway code and have the ability to drive safely on various types of roads and traffic conditions.
You will need to successfully perform two reversing manoeuvres - either a parallel par, a bay park or a turn in the road. You may also be asked to carry out an emergency stop.
To pass you must not commit more than 15 minor driving faults or any dangerous or serious driving faults.
A minor driving fault is where the action you have taken, was not perfect, but there was no danger involved; you may commit no more than 15 minor driving faults during your test, in order to pass. However, if you continue to make the same mistake, the examiner will see that you have a problem with your skills in that area and will mark that fault as a serious error, and you will fail the test.
A serious driving fault is where you're actions may have caused a serious problem, for either yourself or other road users. The fault will be recorded as a fail. Only one serious fault will cause you to fail.
A dangerous fault is recorded if either you or another road user, has had to take some kind of avoiding action to prevent something very dangerous from happening. The fault will be recorded as a fail.
On the day of the test you must present the following documentation:
Both parts of your provisional licence (photo card and paper counter document) If you have the old type paper licence you will also have to bring a valid passport. No other form of photo identification will be accepted.
Booking form or reference number.
Theory test pass certificate (for the practical test).
The test costs £62.
Show Me, Tell Me Test
This is a simple test based around basic car maintenance matters. The driving test examiner will ask you two questions, one show me and one tell Me.