Find out the role and importance of DVSA.
DVSA stands for Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency. This agency is responsible for carrying out driving tests for all types of vehicles and maintaining safety standards for drivers and vehicles.
Driving tests generally vary depending on the type of vehicle to be driven. In Great Britain, it is governed by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) and in Northern Ireland by the Driver & Vehicle Agency (DVA).
The driving theory test was introduced in July 1996 as a written examination, which was updated to digital format in 2000.
The Hazard Perception part of the theory test came in November 2002 and new CGI clips replaced the real-life video clips in January 2015.
UK Drive Test is a DVSA approved driving theory test and learning platform. We develop user-friendly products in the form of well-structured study topics and tests based on the information collected from the DVSA theory test resources such as test-questions, video clips, scoring rules, and exam-portal design.
Let’s see what will come in your theory test and how to prepare it.
We provide a user-friendly platform for you to prepare for the driving theory test. Our main features include an interactive guide on road signs, the Highway Code manual, topic-wise structured course material, Hazard Perception test, and a large collection of practice tests.
The tests are based on the information collected from the DVSA theory test resources such as test-questions, video clips, scoring rules, and exam-portal format.
Tests basically vary depending on the type of vehicle to be driven. Here, we cover five driving tests: three vehicle based (car, motorcycle, LGV/HGV), one ADI (Approved Driving Instructor) test, and one Hazard Perception test.
A practice theory test can be used in two ways: first, as topic-wise tests where you can choose one or more topics and secondly, as quick tests where questions come in randomly from a set of over 4000 questions.
Major topics covered in this test are alertness, vehicle safety and handling, safety margins, hazard awareness, vulnerable road users, motorway rules and rules of the road, road and traffic signs, documents, accidents, and vehicle loading.
Yes. You can practice the above-mentioned topics through tests as well. You can even choose more than one topic in which you feel more comfortable initially.
The mock test helps you understand the design and format of the theory test. It will allow you to experience the fear and pressure before actually appearing for the test. Mock tests or exams will also show how well are you prepared. Remember, a theory test may not seem like a big deal but continuous practice is a prerequisite to becoming a confident and safe driver.
No one wants to spend time or money on inaccurate, out-of-date or over-simplified material that doesn’t relate to the real test.
One sample mock test is free for you. To get the full access, you can subscribe to one of our driving-test plans based on the type of test and the time needed by you to prepare for the test. Through our mock theory test, you get the actual exam experience with the help of instructions, explanations, and the current test format.
There are several websites providing free sample tests on driving licence preparation. But, because they are free, often the quality of questions in the tests is compromised.
While UK Drive Test does charge a small fee, at the same time we offer you updated questions and test-format, topic-wise study material, practice tests, mock tests, video lessons, step-by-step instructions with infographics, and performance analysis tools. The content and design on our site are closely checked by professional experts.
You can select one of these test-plans depending on your needs.
Yes, you can learn while you are on-the-go as well. UK Drive Test website is optimized for mobile-responsiveness and has a smartphone-friendly interface. Also, you can download the app - available for both iOS and Android.
The questions are mainly sourced from the learning-content available on the DVSA official website such as the Highway Code manual, ‘Know Your Traffic Signs’, and other study material.
No, but they are very similar to the ones you will get in the real exam. This is because we keep in mind the structure and relevance of topic as practised by DVSA while framing those questions for our mock tests.
First, decide which vehicle-test you want to get a driving license for. Sign up on our site and start your preparation. You can first learn from the Study section, then move on to Practice Tests. After analysing your performance, you will get a fair idea of where you stand. Lastly, get your hands on the mock test to get an actual exam-like feel.
The DVSA theory test consists of two sections: multiple choice questions and hazard perception test. The passing rate depends on the vehicle class and purpose of taking the test.
|Pass Marks||Time Allowed|
|Car or Motorcycle||43 out of 50||57 min|
|Bus or Lorry||85 out of 100||1 hr 55 min|
|Pass Marks||Video Clips||Number of hazards|
|Car or Motorcycle||44 out of 75||14||15|
|Bus or Lorry||67 out of 100||19||20|
|ADI||57 out of 75||14||15|
The Highway Code, first published in 1931, is a book put together by the Driving Standards Agency and the Department for Transport. This contains all the aspects of the UK road network and how to use them with safety. It is updated regularly to present the state of motoring in Britain, the cars we drive and how we drive them.
It plays an important role in training you to get on the road, and you’ll find it difficult to pass your theory and practical tests without consulting it regularly.
The Hazard Perception part of the theory test was introduced in November 2002. In January 2015, new CGI clips replaced the real-life video clips in the Hazard Perception Test.
This test aims to test a driver’s ability to be aware of dangers and potential risks while driving.
It involves watching 14 video clips of road scenes on a computer screen and identifying hazards. You are allowed a three-minute break in between these two, or you can just go straight on to the hazard perception test.
The test itself consists of one-minute computer-generated video clips which contain road scenes you can expect while driving daily, with at least one developing hazard – something that will cause you to take some kind of action (for example changing direction or speed). And, there’s 1 clip in the test that will feature 2 hazards.
You click when you first spot the hazard developing and the sooner you click, the more marks you will earn, to a maximum of five points per hazard. You cannot just click randomly though; the software is designed to give you no marks if you click repeatedly throughout the video. There are 75 marks available and you need at least 44 to pass. You get one practice clip before the test begins and a 10-second countdown before every clip.
Done with the theory test? It’s time to learn about your practical test.
ou should practise the following skills to be able to drive a vehicle safely. You should know how to do the following:
You should practise as much as can. It takes time to get familiar with the external environment while one is sitting inside a vehicle. The more you practise, the more confident you will feel while driving.
Also, it is better to practise on the streets which you are familiar with. It will initially help you in reducing distraction because you won’t have to keep track of the road map, which might happen if you were driving in an unfamiliar place.
You should be ready with the following:
No, it will not be difficult if you have given sufficient time on your practice. It is understandable to get nervous at that time, but the DVSA examiners are usually cooperative and they just want to test your ability to obey traffic rules.
No, you will need to bring your own car to the driving test. The vehicle must be safe for driving. The examiner will check the following points:
The examiner will check the following:
You need to show the examiner that you are prepared to drive on your own. So, while taking the test, keep in mind what you’ve learned during your driving practice on the road. Other important things are:
Additional things to remember include:
ome of the common mistakes to avoid include:
Yes, you may wear contacts or glasses if you need them in order to see clearly.
No, there is no need to take the written test again.
The DVSA allows you to retake the practical driving test as many times as required within the 2 years until your theory test certificate expires. However, you must wait at least 10 business days before taking the test again.
Check all the steps involved in applying to the driving test.
No, you cannot take your theory test until you have your provisional licence.
First, you must suffice the following:
Not right now.
Not right now.
You need to be at least 15 years and 9 months old in order to apply for your provisional driving licence. Although, you cannot start driving a car before you're 17, or a moped before you're 16.
A valid identification:
Your full legal name
Your National Insurance number, if known
Addresses where you’ve lived over the last 3 years
D1 driving licence application form, which you can get from the official DVSA form ordering service or from a Post Office.
Application fee — £34 if applying online, or £43 if applying by post
Please visit your local DVSA office, or apply online or via post.
It’s not mandatory for anyone to accompany you.
No, but the DVSA requires you to inform them if you have a problem with your eyesight or any other health condition that might affect your driving.
Yes, you have to take a vision test when you apply for your driving licence. You must have a vision-level of at least 6/12 measured on the Snellen scale (with glasses or contact lenses, if essential).
Yes, you must bring your current photo with you.
No, you can wear any colour you want.
Just look straight into the camera with a relaxed face, without any smile or frown. A straight face on the photo helps distinguish who you really are, which helps prevent identity fraud. Also, your hair should not cover your face.
If you’ve applied for your UK licence and passed the theory and practical driving tests, you will be issued a pass certificate, which will be valid until you receive your driving licence — usually within four weeks. You can track your application online via the DVSA website.
This is actually the best time to relax. You should take confidence in your preparation over the last few days/months. Nevertheless, there is a Quick Test in our module for this particular situation. It is a short test which has questions randomly selected from all the topics.
You can check your preparation on your dashboard with the help of progress bar and other performance-analysis tools. Further, do not leave any topic or video lesson under the study section.
No, you cannot. This is not an open book test.
Yes, there is a drug test. It determines the alcohol and drug level in your bloodstream. You have to agree to submit a chemical test when you apply for your driving test.
You have to wait at least 3 working days before you can take the test again.
You may drive anywhere as long as you’re accompanied by a driver aged at least 21 years, who has a minimum of three years’ driving experience. You must also have learner plates, known as ‘L’ plates (‘D’ plates in Wales), affixed to the front and back of the car and a third-party insurance.
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