The theory test is a 2 part test that must be passed before you can apply for your driving test. The multiple choice and the hazard perception make up the 2 parts. You must pass both parts at the same time. When you pass your certificate lasts for 2 years. The cost of the theory test is £23. To book your theory test go to https://www.gov.uk/book-theory-test . Below the 2 parts of the best are discussed in more detail.
Multiple Choice Questions
The Multiple Choice test consists of 50 multiple choice questions , The questions are all based on information available in the highway code , know your traffic signs and driving the essential skills. You need to study these to stand a good chance of passing. You must get a score of at least 43 to pass this part of the test. During the theory test you can flag any questions you are not sure about the answer and you can go back and look again at the questions. You have 57 minutes to complete this part of the test.
You can take a practise theory test here https://www.safedrivingforlife.info/take-official-free-practice-driving-theory-test/car-practice-theory-tests/car-practice-test-one
The Hazard Perception Test
The hazard perception test consists of 14 video clips that you have to watch and spot the developing hazards by clicking the mouse. They contain everyday road scenes and scenarios and they are now all computer-generated using CGI. It is a test of your ability to watch what is going on around your vehicle and to react in a timely manner. The test lasts for about 20 minutes and comes after the multiple choice questions.
You get a score depending on when you spot the developing hazard from 5 for getting it spot on down to zero for spotting it too early or too late. One of the video clips has two developing hazards so you need to keep watching each clip until it ends.
A developing hazard is something that would cause you to take action such as changing speed or direction. If you were driving you would actually be using your MSM routine to safely deal with the hazard but in the clips you click the mouse to say when you have spotted the developing hazard. You need to score 44 or more to pass this test. You can click the mouse more than once on each clip as long as you don’t click continuously or in a pattern. If you do that you will receive a zero score for that clip.
To get you started and practising for your hazard perception test you can have a go at this interactive test.