TOPS School of Motoring (Woodford) - Improving Driving Standards in East London
Changes to the Driving Theory Test
From 23 January 2012 the driving theory test will no longer use pre-published questions in a move to stop candidates from learning answers by rote.
Until now all the questions used in the driving theory test have been published. These changes will mean that learner drivers will gain a better understanding of driving theory, because they can no longer rely on simply learning which options are correct for individual questions.
Road Safety Minister Mike Penning said: “By bringing a stop to publication of theory test questions we aim to encourage candidates to prepare by learning each topic area thoroughly rather than just memorising the questions and answers. The intention is to improve candidates’ knowledge and understanding of driving theory, so that they are more able to retain and apply it when they are on the road.”
The familiar theory test books and software still offer revision questions for candidates to test themselves and assess their progress. They now also have exercises so learners can practice applying their knowledge on each topic to case studies. There are also new sections of revision support for motorcyclists and a free e-book for car drivers.
The agency has also launched its first iPhone apps for theory test revision, which also help candidates to study and monitor their progress at their convenience as they approach their test date. These are available from the iTunes Store.
DSA books, electronic books and software are available to order or download from TSO at tsoshop​.co​.uk/​dsa and all good bookshops.
What does the Theory Test Involve?
  • The test includes a multiple choice questionnaire and a hazard perception video
  • The multiple choice test takes
     approximately 57 minutes to
     complete and the pass mark is 43
     out of 50
  • Learners watch 14 video clips of
     driving situations and the pass  
     mark is 44 out of 75
  • A total of 1.5 million people take
     the theory test every year; the
     pass rate is approximately 65%
How to book your official DSA driving theory test online
The quickest and easiest way to book your official Driving Standards Agency (DSA) car driving theory test is online. When you book using the official service you only pay the cost of the test; there is no extra booking fee.
To book your driving theory test online you need:
  • your valid Great Britain or Northern Ireland provisional driving licence number
  • your credit or debit card details
For more information about booking driving tests, getting your licence and driving in general log onto the official Department for Transport website at
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