Theory Test Preparation.

Theory test preparation - the best way to go about it?

Driving Skills Traffic Signs The Highway Code

Before you are allowed to take your driving test in the UK you are required to pass the driving theory test. Like all tests and exams there's a lot of theory test preparation to do beforehand. To help study for the test the DSA recommend that you read up on 'The Highway Code', 'Know Your Traffic Signs' and any of the relevant books from the DSA 'Driving Skills' series. (Click on the relevant book above to purchase any, or all, of these publications from The Stationary Office). We, at Antonine, think that the 3 books above are essential reading, not just for the theory test, but for everyone while they are learning to drive, and also afterwards to help maintain and improve driving skills.

The Highway Code

But, everybody has a different ways of studying for a test. Some people are keen readers and can get through books, and remember a lot of the information, in no time at all. Others are not so keen to pick up a book or they can have more difficulty understanding the content, even if they do persuade themselves to have a stab at reading it. But, remember that there are theory test preparation materials that don't require you to sit and pore over a book. E.g. the DSA provide 'The Highway Code' on CD-Rom format, as well as book format. Click on the picture to the right to order 'The Highway Code' as a CD-Rom from The Stationary Office. These alternative study materials are often a better option for people who don't like having to read books.

Study materials that have been made available, in various formats, by the DSA include:

  • Driving books.
  • Guidance literature on the multiple choice test.
  • Guidance literature on the hazard perception test.
  • Driving Theory Test DVD's.
  • Driving Theory Test CD-Roms.
  • Online practice tests.

  • For most people, revising for a test can be a bit of a chore. But it has to be done. So it's best to put some time aside for it and do as much theory test preparation as you can, and using as many relevant study materials as you can.

    Theory Test Preparation - the multiple choice section

    The question and answer section of the theory test is in multiple choice format, which is a bonus, because it only involves reading questions and making a selection from a choice of possible answers. That's got to be a positive aspect of the test, if there are any! It's much better, and easier, than having to prove your knowledge and understanding by writing lots of sentences off the top of your head. But, there's a lot of material to learn for this section, covering all aspects of road signs, road safety and rules of the road.

    Theory Test Kit

    To increase your chances of passing this section of the test, it's best to invest in some good theory test preparation by selecting the most appropriate learning aids for the way you prefer to study. There are a few different study materials currently available on the market. There are several books that are have everything you need to know about driving and the road. Most are available, at a reasonable cost, from many high street bookshops. If you're not sure which ones to invest in, have a chat with your instructor and ask him/her for advice. At Antonine, we recommend the DSA's 'Theory Test Kit'. We find that it enables good all-round practice in both sections of the driving theory test, but it should be used following, or alongside, study of 'The Highway Code'. (You can click on the relevant picture above to purchase this from The Stationary Office).

    The DSA provide a free, online theory test preparation service that allows you to practice multiple choice questions to test your knowledge and understanding of 'The Highway Code', 'Know Your Traffic Signs' and the 'Essential Driving Skills' series. The two practice sessions available only address the multiple choice questions. The DSA do not offer any online practice on the hazard perception test.

    Theory Test Preparation - the hazard perception section.

    Hazard Perception

    Hazard perception practice DVD's (and CD-Roms) are available to buy in order to enable learners to gain some test practice, and to allow them to get used to the process and format that's used in the test. (Click on the picture of the Hazard Perception DVD on the right to purchase this publication from The Stationary Office). Although, as we have said above, at Antonine, we think the DSA's Theory Test Kit offers good value for money and is more comprehensive, covering both the Multiple Choice and Hazard Perception sections of the test.

    As the hazard perception test itself was devised to measure response time to a hazardous situation, none of the clips used for practice will ever appear in the actual hazard perception test. This is because response time improves when a clip is practiced again and again. If the same clips were to occur in the actual test, then response times would be far quicker and would give a false reading of a real response time, which would defeat the purpose of the test.

    We hope to have the facility soon, here at Antonine, for our visitors to be able to practice both multiple choice tests and hazard perception tests on our website. So, maybe check back again in a bit to see if we've got it up and running.

    Theory Test Preparation - Hints and tips.

  • If you can, read both 'The Highway Code' and 'Know Your Traffic Signs' - the multiple choice section is based on the information in these books.
  • Get your eyesight checked, especially if you are a mature learner. You'll need to make sure that your eyesight is good for the practical test anyway, but it could be the difference between passing and failing the hazard perception section.
  • Talk to your instructor during your lessons and try to gain as much understanding of the theory of driving as possible during your lessons.
  • Ask your instructor if he/she can actively incorporate hazard perception into your lessons as you get closer to your test.
  • Buy the DSA Theory Test Practice Kit and use it to practice both sections - if there are any questions that you get wrong take a note of the correct answer when the result page comes up and go back and study the appropriate section again.
  • Remember to arrive at the test centre in plenty of time. Being rushed and anxious is not a good way to go into the test.
  • You'll be allowed a practice session of the multiple choice section, before the test starts, to allow you to get used to the system. Use it.
  • Relax, you might pass first time!

  • But remember, if you fail you can always sit it again, and when you do pass you'll be a safer driver. But, if you really study, you could very well pass first time. The purpose of the exam is to force you to learn about the rules of the road, road safety and hazard identification, because these are the safety issues that you'll need, and use, everyday when you're a qualified driver.

    There aren't many people who would choose to study these issues as a source of enjoyment and relaxation, but they're crucial to driving safely. So the DSA ensure, by making the theory test a prerequisite to the driving test, that all licenced drivers have a knowledge and understanding of these issues. They're working towards having safe drivers on Britain's roads, as we are at Antonine.

    We hope this theory test preparation page has had the information you were looking for, and has been of some help to you. Any enquiries, please feel free to contact us . We'd be happy to help.

    Antonine Driving School , for a DSA Approved Driving Instructor.

    Please click on the DSA logo below to see the DSA's advice on 'choosing a driving instructor'.

    choosing a driving instructor

    Return from Theory Test Preparation to the Driving Theory Test page

    Return to the Home Page

    Share this page:
    Enjoy this page? Why not add it to your webpage! Here's how....

    Would you prefer to share this page with others by linking to it?

    1. Click on the HTML link code below.
    2. Copy and paste it, adding a note of your own, into your blog, a Web page, forums, a blog comment, your Facebook account, or anywhere that someone would find this page valuable.