Theory Test

All my students get FREE use of Theory Test Pro.

With this they can practise the entire 1000+ current question bank from the real DVSA Theory test on Iphone & Android Phones or on PC/Mac. There are also many Hazard perception clips to help with that part of the test.


There is also access to the highway code upon which all questions are based.


Tips and tricks to help with your theory test.

1) Read the bloody question!!

All teachers will tell you this, but there is an extra twist in this test. The question bank is 1000 questions, but they only have 500 so they have changed one word in each one. A question that says “What should you do if it is snowing” becomes “What should you not do if it is snowing”. Same 4 answers, different correct one for each question.

2) Try and find the “Numpty” question. There is almost always one. My fave is “What does tailgating mean ?” The numpty answer is “Opening the back of a hatchback to put shopping away”. Find this and you only have 3 to choose from.

3) Look for good words and bad words. Bad words are things like Loudly, quickly, hurriedly, closely etc. Good words are carefully, slowly, gently etc.

4) Once you have picked an answer try to work out why the others are wrong. Classic is “What is the safest way to use a mobile phone”. First answer is “Use a hands free kit” which looks good. However last answer is “Stop the car in a safe place and then answer it” First answer is “Safer” last answer is “Safest”. Question was safest.

5) Use the whole of the time. 50 questions is over a minute a question. Doesn’t sound a lot but lets you read the question twice and the answers 4 or 5 times. Mark ones you are not sure about and go back at the end.

6) Guess if you have to. Not answering a question means you get no points. Guessing means you may get a point.

7) Don’t agonise over the stopping distances thing. There is a good chance you won’t even get a question but, if you do there are a couple of ways to remember. 30 mph is 75 feet, 50 is the same with a 1 added to the front (175) and 70, the last one, is the time kids get out of school (3:15). Gets you half of the answers. The maths way is 20 is 2x, 30 is 2.5 times, 40 is 3 times etc. Only any good if you can do maths in your head of course.

8) If you get one that says “What SHOULDN’T you do” then turn it round and pick out the 3 you SHOULD do and the remaining one is the one you shouldn’t do

9) Read the bloody question 🙂

Hazard perception tips

The test is to spot “Developing” hazards. There are loads of hazards in each clip, but only one develops. The software checks for “Rhythmic clicking” to stop you just sitting there clicking every second. So how do you hit all the hazards and not trip the cheating trap ? I was taught to watch the clip and, as soon as you see a potential hazard, click it. Then say, in your head, “It is still there”. If it is still there then click it again after saying that. Then say it again and click. If it is still there, which is unlikely as it should have developed by then, or another one comes into view, then say “And now I will wait”. This phrase takes longer and breaks up the sequence and resets the cheating trap timer. If you do manage to trip one, don’t despair, it is still possible to pass …. as my sis in law discovered on hers.

There are only really 4 scenarios. Town, rural area, country roads and fast roads. The hazards are often easier to spot if you decide what scenario you are working with

Town. Look for pedestrians coming out from behind buses and vans. Cyclists or cars switching lanes. Pedestrians not taking note of surroundings, as in walking across pelicans when they are at red for them, talking to others or on a mobile phone etc.

Rural. Look for cars coming out of drives or junctions. Cars approaching narrow openings like parked cars, traffic calming measures etc. Pedestrians as ever

Country roads. Look for animal signs. Watch for pedestrians walking on roads without pavements. Watch for slow moving vehicles as you go round bends. In fact look for anything as you approach or go round bends.

Fast roads. The hazards on these are almost always vehicles switching lanes, joining a carriageway or going slowly. Watch for roadworks or traffic light signs. Watch for signs saying there is a junction coming up. If anyone overtakes you look for them moving back in too quickly. Brake lights and indicators are almost always worth a click.

Tip 4 is the one that can tip you over the line from a fail to a pass. Worth doing

The most succesful people practice …. a lot.

Good luck !!