Theory Test

What the theory test cosists of

  1. The 1st part of the Theory test consists of 50 multiple choice questions covering the Highway Code.
  2. The second element is the Hazard Perception Test (HPT)

The hazard perception test consists of 14 movie clips which are approximately 1 minute long. One of the clips has 2 developing hazards that you are required to spot. So for this section you are required to spot 15 developing hazards in 14 movie clips. The test requires you to spot the hazards in the clips by clicking on the mouse button as soon as you see a hazard developing. The earlier you spot the hazard developing the higher your score will be. If you click the mouse as soon as you see the hazard developing you will get the maximum of 5 points for that hazard. A hazard is anything that could cause you as the driver, to change your speed or direction. The pass mark for this section is 44 out of 75

Training for the theory test

There are many books available to help you prepare for your theory test. You will need to have a knowledge of The Highway Code and understand the principles of road safety. We provide you with theory test training using home study to give you more time for your driving lessons and you will be provided with our comprehensive Theory Test CD.
Not being prepared is the most common reason for failing the theory test, so don’t rush, only apply when you are ready.

What happens after the theory test?

On completion of the test you will receive your results immediately. If you have failed don’t give up, go back to your books and try again. Once you have passed the theory test, your instructor will advise when you reach the required standard to apply for the practical test. Remember; don’t apply until you are ready. This way you should only need one test, and this will save you money.

How do I apply for the theory test?

You can complete an application form (TT26) and send it with your fee to the Driving Standards Agency, or you can make a telephone booking with a credit card on 0300 200 1122. Application forms are available from either your local test centre or from your driving instructor.

Your 1st Gear instructor will offer help and answer any questions during your driving lessons. We also loan out CD ROMS to help you practice for your theory tests.

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I had Tim as my instructor and I passed first time . He’s calm and very patient.

-Sophie Moss

When I first started looking into driving lessons, I walked straight to NA DVLA test center 'cause it was only round then corner and asked about intensive courses. Dan, from first gear happened to be there, approached me and talked me through everything I needed to do.

Although lessons did not continue with Dan due to complications, I don't think I could have asked for a better instructor starting out as a learner. Great character and definitely knows what he's doing.

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When i first called 1st Gear School of Motoring they were very helpful and put me at ease straight away. My lessons were with an instructor called Graham Woodcock and i would recommend him to anyone for driving lessons.

I passed 2nd time but that was my fault. A great driving school Graham was always on time and never cancelled any of my lessons. Cheers Graham. See you on the road mate.

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  • Torquay
  • Paignton
  • Teignmouth
  • Newton Abbot
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  • Milber
  • Brixham
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  • Kingsteignton
  • Abbotskerswell
  • Dawlish
  • Ashburton
  • Buckfastleigh
  • Heathfield
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  • Dartmouth (meet in Kingswear)

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