The areas we covered for driving instruction are Northwood, Pinner, Ruislip, Eastcote, Ickenham, Hillingdon, Uxbridge, West Drayton, Hayes, Southall, Greenford, Slough, Gerrards Cross, Denham, Harrow, Watford, Bushey, SL0, Iver,  Berks, Bucks.

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                                                                     Theory and HPT Test 

Once you’ve obtained your provisional licence, you will need to start thinking about taking your theory driving test. The DSA theory test consists of a multiple choice section and a hazard perception test.

You will need to be successful in both parts in order to pass overall, so we suggest getting the recommended reading under your belt and attempting as many mock theory tests as possible to familiarise yourself with the structure of the programme.

The multiple choice section is presented with a touch screen computer. You will be expected to answer a total of 50 questions; answering at least 43 correct in order to pass. Immediately after the theory test, you will watch a series of video clips, each showing potential hazards involving road conditions, pedestrians or road users. Your responses are recorded through the use of a computer mouse button. You must click 5 times as early as possible when you see a developing hazard with a maximum score of 5 per hazard. When you see a potential hazard click only once. There are 14 video clips, in each clip there will be at least one developing hazard but one of the clips will include two developing hazards. There are a total of 15 developing hazards giving a possible total of 75. You must score at least 44 in order to pass this part of the test.

If you fail one part of the test, you will have to retake both parts.

To ensure you fine-tune your knowledge and cram in as much practice as possible, Direct Gov provides a great online service where you can undergo practice driving theory tests to assess your knowledge and build up your understanding of the three key elements.

You can also preview the Highway Code on the Direct Gov website and order the recommended reading materials including The Highway Code, ‘Know Your Traffic Signs’ and the DSA ‘Essential Skills’ series of books. To order the Hazard Perception and Theory Test DVD/ROM from Amazon click on this link:-

This information and experience will prove invaluable leading up to your practical driving test.

We would like to wish everyone about to take their theory driving test the very best of luck!


Rick Hardcastle

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