Press release

Better testing for better drivers

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

From 23 January 2012 the driving theory test will not use prepublished questions in a move to stop candidates learning answers by rote.

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Until now all the questions used in the driving theory test have been published. These changes will mean that learner drivers and riders gain a better understanding of driving theory, because they can no longer rely on simply learning which options are correct for individual questions.

Road Safety Minister Mike Penning said:

By bringing a stop to publication of theory test questions we aim to encourage candidates to prepare by learning each topic area thoroughly rather than just memorising the questions and answers.

The intention is to improve candidates’ knowledge and understanding of driving theory, so that they are more able to retain and apply it when they are on the road.

The familiar theory test books and software still offer revision questions for candidates to test themselves and assess their progress. They now also have exercises so learners can practice applying their knowledge on each topic to case studies. There are also new sections of revision support for motorcyclists and a free ebook for car drivers.

The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) has also launched its first iPhone apps for theory test revision, which also help candidates to study and monitor their progress at their convenience as they approach their test date. These are available from the iTunes store.

DSA books, electronic books and software are available to order or download from The Stationery Office (TSO) at tsoshop.co.uk/dsa and all good bookshops.

Published 23 January 2012