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FREE Theory test training
Intensive - 25 Hour
This is for the people with some experience behind the wheel. If you need more hours, don’t worry.
10 Hour Block
Need some top up hours to gain more experience or confidence? Book 10-hours and save some cash.
Not sure where to start? Grab an assessment lesson, which is 2 hour lesson with a lesson plan tailored to you.
Do you need to take an extended test to gain your license? Do you actually understand what this entails and need to iron out your bad habits? KSM Driving Tuition can help prepare you for this and provide lessons packed with all the information and safety skills you need to pass.
Extended tests usually last between 60-70 minutes (longer than standard test) and includes 2 manoeuvres + Emergency Stop.
If you want to know more, contact us!
Need more hours in the car? Add-on hours* for only £30/Hour, ask your driving instructor.
*Minimum 2 Hours.
A multiple choice test
The first part of the theory test is a computer-based multiple-choice test consisting of 50 questions on the Highway Code.
You’ll have 57 minutes to complete it, and need to get 43 correct to pass.
Make sure you’ve prepared, as you would an exam, and you should stand a very good chance of passing.
A hazard perception test
Once you’ve completed the theory test, you’ll have to take a hazard perception test.
This uses 14 video clips, and you’ll have to click the mouse whenever you spot a hazard developing.
There are 15 hazards to spot, with at least one on each clip and two in one of the clips. The hazard clips are silent.
When you spot a hazard developing you can click either the left or right mouse button.
The earlier you spot it the more points you will get. You can score between zero and five with a maximum of 75 (i.e. 15 hazards x 5) and to pass you need a score of 44.
You’ll find out straight away whether you’ve passed – and once you have, you’ll be able to take your practical test.
How to practice for your driving theory test
There are a number of different ways to practice for your driving theory test. From sites to apps, here at KSM Driving Tuition we offer free theory test training via Theory Test Pro. It’s one of the best apps on the market, your instructor can view your progress & help you with areas you may not feel as confident on. Once you’ve had your first lesson or paid a deposit to begin your lessons on a future date you may sign up by clicking on the link below.
This is an eight-step online process which only takes five to ten minutes.
The steps you will be guided through ensure you will find your nearest local test centre and the earliest available time slot, there is normally up to a four-week waiting list, but this can increase depending on how busy the appointments system is.
Before clicking on the link below and starting your booking process you will need the following items:
- Your UK driving licence number (found on your provisional licence)
- A credit or debit card – it costs £62 on weekdays and £75 on weekends
- Your driving instructor’s personal reference number – this is to check if they’re available should you wish them to attend the test with you – which is often recommended
You can book your practical test online here on the Government’s portal, just click the ‘start now’ button.
There is also an option on the GOV page to look for driving test cancellations, this will allow you to potentially book an earlier appointment if someone else cancels their appointment before yours.
There is no alert system for this so if you are eagerly awaiting the chance to book one of these ‘cancellation appointments’ you will need to check their availability regularly. Or there is a website called Driving Test Cancellations 4 all. They charge £18 and can find you an earlier test date when one becomes available, so you don’t have to keep logging on to check yourself.
There are five steps to your practical driving test.
First, you’ll be asked to read a number plate of a random car from 20 metres away to check your eyesight.
If you cannot do this, you cannot take your test.
Show me tell me questions
Then your examiner will ask you one ‘tell me’ question about vehicle checks you should carry out before driving, such as: ‘tell me how you would check that the headlights and tail lights are working’, before you get in the car
Later in the test, while you are driving, your examiner will ask you a ‘show me’ question, such as: ‘show me how to demist your windscreen’.
General driving ability
You’ll drive in various road and traffic conditions, but not on motorways.
The examiner will give you directions that you should follow. Driving test routes aren’t published, so you can’t check them before your test.
You’ll also be asked to safely pull over and safely pull away during this part of the test, this may include:
- Normal stops at the side of the road
- Pulling out from behind a parked vehicle
- A hill start
You might also be asked to carry out an emergency stop.
Reversing your vehicle
The examiner will ask you to do one of the following exercises:
- Parallel-park at the side of the road
- Park in a bay – either driving in and reversing out or reversing in and driving out (your examiner will tell you which to do)
- Pull up on the right-hand side of the road, reverse for two car lengths and rejoin the traffic
For this section roughly a fifth of drivers taking their test will be asked to drive for about 20 minutes by following either:
- Traffic signs
- A series of verbal directions
- A combination of both
You are not allowed to use a sat nav.
The majority will be asked to follow directions using a sat nav, however.
The driver will have to follow directions for around 20 minutes. Although, if you do get confused, you can ask the examiner for confirmation of where you’re going.
If you make a mistake and drive in the wrong direction, you will not be penalised unless you make a fault while doing so.
You won’t find out how you’ve done until you get back to the test centre, when the examiner will discuss his/her observations with you. You’ll then be given a pass or fail certificate.
All information based on data from April 2019
FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
How many hours should I have?
The average learner needs around 45 hours of driving lessons with a driving instructor with an extra 20 hours of practice with a trusted family member/friend. This is only an average though and shouldn’t be something you feel you have to compare yourself to.
Some take fewer and some take longer to feel comfortable and ready to take their test – the important thing is to take the test when you are ready, not being the first one out of your friends to pass.
Your instructor will let you know when you are ready, but most of the time you will feel it too – when the time comes you can both come to the decision together and then discuss how best to prepare for your test.
KSM Driving Tuition aim to have you test ready within 30 hours but remember everyone is different.
Should I take an intensive course?
These are flexible courses of extended one-on-one tuition with the aim of passing you in as little time as possible. They typically work alongside yours & your driving instructors availability. With your instructor arranging an assessment lesson (if you have previous experience) then devising an lesson plan or offering you a range of pre-designed plans suited to your budget and availability.
What should I take with me on my first lesson?
For your first lesson you will need:
- Your provisional licence
- A positive, can-do attitude
How to book your driving theory test and how much will it cost?
- You can book your theory test either:
- Online, through the book your theory test section of the official GOV UK website
- Or over the telephone using a credit or debit card on the number 0300 200 1122
- It costs £23 and there is usually a waiting time of a week or two
- You’ll have to visit your local theory test centre to take your theory test
11 Prince of Wales road,
Pearson VUE test centre 2nd Floor Waveney Chambers,
What do you need to take with you for your driving test?
You’ll need to bring your:
- Theory test pass certificate
- Provisional driving licence
How long does the test last?
The driving test lasts around 40 minutes.
What does the driving test involve?
There are five steps to your practical driving test.