Theory Test

Before you can take the Practical Driving Test you must study for, and pass, the Theory Test. The Test is made up of two parts; the first part is a Multiple Choice series of questions and answers and the second part is Hazard Perception.

Both these parts must be passed in order to gain an overall pass of the Theory Test. If you pass one part and fail the other you will fail the whole test and will have to take both parts again.

Multiple Choice Part
This part of the test is undertaken on a touch-screen computer monitor.

The Multiple Choice Part lasts for 57 minutes and the pass mark is 43 out of 50. You will not learn the results of this part of the Theory Test until after the Hazard Perception Part has been completed.

Hazard Perception Part
Before you start the hazard perception part, you’ll be shown a short video clip about how it works. You’ll then be shown a series of 14 video clips on a computer screen. These video clips feature everyday road scenes and contain at least one ‘developing hazard’ – but one of the clips will feature 2 ‘developing hazards’.

A developing hazard is something that may result in you having to take some action, such as changing speed or direction.

Scoring System
To get a high score you need to respond to the developing hazard as soon as you see it starting. The longer it takes you to assess and react to the situation the lower your score will be. The maximum score for each developing hazard is 5 points.

warningIf you click continuously or in a pattern during a clip a message will appear at the end. It will tell you that you have scored zero for that particular clip. You won’t be able to review your answers.

The pass mark for cars is 44 out of a possible 75.

Your Test Results
You will be given the results of your theory tests at the test centre after taking it.

warningYour theory test pass certificate lasts for 2 years after taking your test. You’ll need to take and pass the theory test again if you haven’t passed your practical test by then.

Booking Your Theory Test
There are 2 main ways to do so:

  1. Click here to go to the appropriate web site page.
  2. By phone on 03002001122 again you will need your provisional driving licence number and a form of payment, either credit or debit card

The current theory driving test fee is £23.00

The theory test centre address in Peterborough is:
Theory Test Centre Peterborough,
Zone 4, Stuart House, St John’s Street,