If you’ve got your theory test coming up, you want to make sure you pass. Once you’ve passed, you can book your practical and be well on your way to becoming a fully fledged driver! This post will give you some handy tips on passing your theory test so you can feel confident on the day:
Take Practice Tests Online To Prepare For The Questions
Free practice texts on the DVSA website, which are designed to mimic the exam conditions you’ll be in when you go to do your real test
Do this over and over until you become more confident in the questions and answers
Looking through the Highway Code and other useful guides can help you when studying for your test too.
When you first sit down to do your test, you’ll also have the option to do a practice test first to get a feel for what you need to do. You don’t have to do this, but it’s advisable. Try to make the most of the time you have to do the test, although you don’t have to fill it completely.
Answering The Questions
When you answer your questions, make the most of the time you have. Don’t be tempted to rush through them. Read them carefully, so that you understand what you are being asked. Answer with as much care as possible. You can also flag questions to come back to later, if you can’t think of the answer right now.
Bear in mind that any attempt to cheat will mean you fail the test. Taking your mobile phone in is not allowed, and you shouldn’t attempt to hide it.
Reading through each question twice will save you from disappointment when your test is over.
Preparing For The Hazard Perception
The Hazard Perception part of your theory test is just as important as the questions. You will see images on the screen as if you are the driver of a vehicle, and you’ll need to identify any hazards before they become dangerous by clicking.
What is a hazard? A hazard is identified as something that causes you to change direction, change speed, or stop completely. You want to make sure you click as soon as you spot something that could be deemed as a hazard.
You don’t get any extra points for clicking more than once, and you can’t just click in random patterns until a hazard comes in the hopes you’ll pass. The test can identify this and you will fail. Be patient when you watch the clips. There’s a maximum of 5 points to be scored for each clip, but if you click it too early you won’t score anything
When you’re out on the road on your driving lessons, make sure you’re observing the hazards so you know what kind of things you’ll see during your test.
The Night Before Your Test
You’re going to feel better and more prepared if you get an early night the night before your test, rather than staying up late cramming for it. You should leave plenty of time to revise and learn in advance, so that you can go to bed early and feel confident in your abilities the next day.
When you are well rested and up early, you’ll also be able to have something healthy to eat to energise you for the test, as well as leave with plenty of time to arrive at the test centre. You want to feel your best, and you definitely don’t want to be rushed.
If you struggle to get to sleep, you can try things like a hot bath and some bedtime tea to make you sleepy. Wind down by staying off the computer and your phone, as well as avoiding the TV. This should allow you to relax enough to fall asleep and get a full night’s sleep.
You need to be super organised before the day so that you can get there on time. Make sure you’re not in so much of a rush that you forget your documents. You’ll need your provisional license and card with your test details, and if you forget them you won’t be able to take the test. You won’t get a refund either. Make sure you leave them somewhere you’ll be able to see them the next day, or put them in your bag ready.
It’s really important you follow the instructions given to you at the test centre too. You’ll need to place the items you can’t take into the test in a locker.
Doing as you’re told at the centre, remembering the correct items, and preparing as early as you can will ensure you pass your theory test.