Driving Theory test - Driving Practical test

To get your full driving licence you need to pass two tests, one theory and one practical.

Theory Test

DSA driving theory test consists of two elements :

A. Multiple choice element

You need to pass the theory test before you can book and take a practical tests.

The theory test is a computer-based tests at various tests centres around the country.
This section is designed to tests your understanding of the theory behind driving.
You have 57 minutes to complete the tests. There is a 15-minute practice session you can work through before starting the tests.
There are 50 randomly selected, multiple-choice questions and you need to get at least 43 right to pass.

The cost of the theory test is £28.50

B. Hazard Perception Test

This forms a second section of the theory test and must be passed at the same time.
There are 14 videos, each about a minute long.
This section is designed to tests your awareness of potential hazards whilst driving.
The videos feature various types of hazard, such as road conditions, vehicles and pedestrians.
The earlier you spot a hazard developing that may require the driver to take some action, the higher the score.
There are 15 scoreable hazards in the tests and candidates can score up to 5 points on each hazard.
The pass mark is 44 out of 75.

Practical Test

You can only apply for your practical tests once you have passed the theory test.

You won’t be testsed on all the manoeuvres and there is random testsing of the emergency stop.
16 or more minor faults will result in tests failure.
Weekday tests currently cost £39
Saturday or weekday evening tests currently cost £48
If you pass your theory test but fail your practical tests, you only need to take your practical tests again.
A 'Show and Tell' element (demonstrating knowledge of safety aspects) has been added to the practical tests.