Driving Theory and Hazard Perception Tests

These are tests run by DSA (driving Standards Agency) which everyone must pass to become eligible to take the Practical Driving Examination in the UK. The result is valid for 2 years only.

To take the test you must be aged 17 or over and hold a provisional driving licence.

The tests are conducted at local theory test centres and involve both multiple choice questions and Hazard perception clips. Both tests are taken on a computer.

You can obtain a DVD disc (approx £9.00) from various places to practice.

Book a Driving Theory and Hazard Perception Test by contacting the DSA (cost £31).

Once you have passed the test you must pass the Practical Examination within a 2 year period.

When you take lessons from Pass with Paul we can provide you with examples of questions and discuss your answers with you to ensure you know what to expect and are confident in your knowledge.

The Theory Test is multiple choice questions, you are allowed 57 minutes and must score at least 43 out of 50

The Hazard Perception Test consists of 14 video clips, each approximately one minute in length. In each clip there are a number of driving situations involving other road users as seen from a car driver's point of view. In each clip there are various hazards, something that will cause a driver to change speed, direction or stop.

There are 13 clips having one hazard to identify and in the other 1 there are 2. You will not be told which of the hazard perception test clip has two hazards. To identify the correct hazard or hazards you need to click on either the left or right mouse button. The earlier you can identify the correct hazard or hazards the more you score.

The scoring is from five to zero points, total points available 75. You must score at least 44 to pass.

Arranging Tests with DSA

Anyone wishing to hold a full driving licence in the UK is required to pass
1) Driving Theory and Hazard Perception Test
and
2) DSA Practical Driving Test

Driving Theory and Hazard Perception tests and DSA Practical Tests can be arranged by contacting DSA

At Pass With Paul Driving School the driving instructor can book this on your behalf

You must pass the Driving Theory and Hazard Perception test and hold a valid pass certificate (certificates are valid for 2 years ) before you can apply for a DSA Practical Test

There is usually a waiting time for a DSA Practical Test of up to 6 weeks

Current Test Costs are displayed on this Pass with Paul Costs page

The practical Test has a duration of approx 35 minutes driving time and will involve the Examiner accompanying you in the car (either your own or one provided by the driving school)

You will also be asked Show and Tell questions to demonstrate your practical knowledge of how a car operates.

You will need to show that you know about the need to maintain working car headlights and bulbs, good brakes, legal tyres etc.

Do you know what to look for under the bonnet?
Do you know what to look for under the bonnet?