To drive a car on the road you must first of all pass a theory test. This blog will cover ‘how to not fail your theory test’.

Unfortunately, most people do fail their theory test. The current pass rate is about 47%, meaning that 53% of people are failing. There are many reasons why people fail their test, but generally people are failing because they’ve not prepared well enough.

The next section in this blog will help you to understand the theory test. If you understand what it’s all about, you are much more likely to know how to prepare and to realise when you are test ready and go onto PASS!


Knowing what it’s all about is the first step in knowing how to not fail the theory test.

The theory test is designed to test your driving knowledge and your hazard perception skills.

There are two parts to the test;

• 50 multiple-choice questions

• a hazard perception video test.

You must pass both parts on the same day. If you fail one part, you’ll need to take both parts again.

The pass marks are:

• Multiple-choice – 43/50

• Hazard Perception – 44/75

You can retake the test as many times as you need to.

Your pass certificate lasts for 2 years, so you must pass your driving test within 2 years of passing your theory test. If you don’t pass within 2 years you’ll need to re-take your theory test.


Being properly prepared is key to passing your theory test. There are a few different ways in which people choose to prepare. To decide which is best for you, consider how you learn best.

Before you start to attempt to answer theory test questions and do mock tests, you need to learn about the theory of driving.

The test can be easy when you properly understand the theory, rather than trying to memorise questions and answers.

If you prefer to read, all the information you need is in these three books:

• Highway Code

• Driving the Essential Skills

• Know Your Traffic Signs

Read through these books and you’ll have all the information you need.

If you learn better by watching and listening, you can find a whole range of videos that you can watch to help you learn theory test facts. Or you can sign up for theory test course which has video tutorials to teach you everything you need (Theory Test Course – Theory Test Practice)

There are 14 theory test topics from which you’ll be asked questions:

1. accidents

2. alertness

3. attitude

4. documents

5. hazard awareness

6. motorway rules

7. other types of vehicles

8. rules of the road

9. road and traffic signs

10. safety margins

11. safety and your vehicle

12. Vehicle handling

13. vehicle loading

14. vulnerable Rd users

Once you have found out what you need to know and studied the topics, you can have a go at all of the DVSA practice theory test questions.

Have a go at the question’s topic by topic, and only move on to the next section when you have answered all questions in the topic correctly.

Three of your questions will be as part of a case study. You will watch a 20 second video and then answer three questions based on what you have seen in the video. The case study is designed to bring your theory test questions to life. If you have studied sufficiently for your theory test you will find the case study questions simple to answer.

When all of your study is complete, it’s time to have a go at some of the full 50 question mock tests and when you have passed 5 mock tests consecutively, you know you are test ready.

Don’t forget though that you need to also pass the hazard perception part of the test.

You will watch 14 one-minute hazard perception clips. 13 clips will have one hazard to spot and 1 clip will have two hazards to spot.

You will be looking out for developing hazards and will score between zero and five (the highest score is 5) for each hazard.

You’ll be looking out for things like:

• children

• car doors opening in front of you

• motorcyclists riding out in front of you.

If you spot the hazard early enough you will score 5, the later you spot the hazard the less you will score.

Practice lots of hazard perception clips before you take your test. For every clip that you practice you should look at the review so you can see where you would have scored the highest mark. This is the best way to help you know how to not fail the theory test.


Remember the famous Henry Ford quote –

“whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right’.

This quote emphasises how much attitude determines success or failure. So, tell yourself YOU ARE going to pass. Tell yourself you have done all the work. You have passed 5 mock tests consecutively, and you are scoring 3 or more in your hazard perception clips. This means you ARE test ready and YOU CAN PASS!

As well as having this positive attitude, you can help yourself even more by being properly prepared for test day by doing the following –

  • Travel – make sure you know where the test centre is and how long it will take to travel there on the day. Take into account any possible hold ups – you don’t want to be late!
  • Licence – do you know where your driving licence is? if you don’t take your driving licence with you, your test will not be conducted. Make sure you find it well before the test date.
  • Clothing – get a comfortable outfit ready to wear on the day and dress in layers so that you are prepared for the room being too hot or too cold.
  • Also it is worth knowing that other belongings will need to be stored in a locker, so don’t take more than is necessary.


If you go through all the steps discussed in this blog, you can be really confident that you are test ready and should come away with a PASS!!!

Our theory test course will help you, which has many more great techniques and advice to get you flying through the test – to sign up go to Theory Test Course – Theory Test Practice


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