U.K. residents wanting to drive must accomplish the necessary requirements first before they can take the driving test. And it’s not simply one test that’s involved because several tests have to be taken and passed in order to obtain a valid driver’s license. Different tests are available depending on the type of vehicle the person wishes to drive. They are normally administered by the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) in Great Britain and by the Driver & Vehicle Agency (DVA) in Northern Ireland.
The theory test is for people who want to drive a car. Anybody aged 17 years old and above can take this test. It was the Road Traffic Act of 1934 that required all new drivers to take the test and pass it in order to obtain a license. However, testing was suspended twice during the Second World War and the Suez Crisis in 1956. By July 1996, the driving theory test was resumed. At that time, it was a written type of examination until it was upgraded to become a computer-based test in 2000. The additional hazard perception part of the theory test was introduced only two years after in November 2002.
Currently, the driving theory test is divided into two sections – the multiple choice and hazard perception test. Both tests allow practice time before starting the proper exam. They have to be passed in one session in order for an applicant to obtain a pass certificate which is valid for two years. In the event you fail to take the practical test within that timeframe, you will have to take another test. The test is now done through the use of a computer. There are 50 questions for the multiple choice part and the applicant must score at least 43 to pass it. A person can answer the questions by touching the appropriate box on the screen or by using the mouse whichever is the instruction. Each question may require more than one answer. The hazard perception part, on the other hand, will show the applicant 14 one-minute video clips featuring various situations on the road. It requires the candidate to click the mouse or touch the screen as soon as he or she spots a potential hazard in the video being shown. It’s important, though, to avoid making too many clicks as this can make the test invalid. After passing this two-part theory test, the candidate can proceed to book a practical driving test. Not every applicant who takes the theory test is able to pass it, according to records. Many fail on their first try and many have failed as well despite several takes. As such, it would be a good idea to always take the practice session first before proceeding with the final exam. Image via cambridgedrivingschool