4. Taking the theory test

The theory test consists of 100 multiple-choice questions. You have 1 hour 30 minutes to complete the test. It costs £66.

Booking the test

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) will send you the application form to book the theory test as part of the qualifying process.

You’ll need to complete the application form and return it to DVSA with your payment - details of how to pay are on the form.

What to bring to the test

You must bring your photocard driving licence. If you have an old-style paper licence instead of a photocard, you must also bring a valid passport.

Your test won’t go ahead and you’ll have to pay again if you don’t bring the right documents.

How the test works

You’ll be asked 100 questions in total. There are 25 questions in each of these 4 categories:

  • driving practices and procedures, road and traffic signs, and motorway driving
  • driver attitude, the law, and environmental issues
  • vehicle dynamics and handling, and accident procedures
  • instructional coaching techniques, and hazard perception

How the scoring works

To pass the test you must get both:

  • an overall score of at least 85 out of 100
  • at least 20 out of 25 in each of the 4 categories

You’ll fail if you get an overall mark of 85 or higher, but don’t score high enough in each category.