You can start your lessons before you take your driving theory test but you cannot book a practical test until you have passed your theory. The theory test has two parts – a question part and a hazard perception part, and you need to pass both at the same time.
The first part of the theory test has 50 multiple choice questions on a touch screen computer. If you are unsure about a question you can flag it and go back to it later. The pass mark for the questions element of the test is 43 out of 50 ie 86%. The national pass mark for the theory test is around 50% so it’s good to make sure that you have definitely revised well before you take the test
When you’ve completed the questions, there is a short delay and then the Hazard Perception test will start. The test consists of 14 clips of film on the computer. All together there are 15 “developing hazards” that you will need to identify. The sooner you identify these hazards, the better your score for that clip. There is a maximum of 5 points per scoring hazard. You only need to click the mouse, you do not have to move the mouse cursor over the hazard. The pass mark for hazard perception is 44 out of 75.
Rest assured – I will give you all the help and encouragement that you need for the theory test!
The address for Derby theory test centre is
East Wing, 100 Mansfield Road,
Derby, DE1 3TT