The Driving Standards Agency introduced the theory test in July 1996. The theory test is intended to help new drivers appreciate the degree of knowledge that's required whilst driving and in turn replace the old system of questions asked at the end of a practical examination.
Now a practical date can only be acquired when a theoretical pass has been achieved. Paperwork required to book a practical test is a theory pass certificate, and your provisional licence. You will also need some form of payment, i.e. Credit card completed over the phone or you could send through the post a cheque or postal order for the appropriate amount - currently £31.50
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There is no doubt that a sound grounding and extensive knowledge of driving theory will help towards a better understanding of the practical skills required. Please bear in mind that most of the theory will be learnt whilst carrying out your practical driving lessons.
The theory and hazard perception test
The test, under exam conditions, consists of multiple-choice questions - questions require the candidate to identify the correct answer from a choice of four to six possible options.
There will also be some multiple response questions, which will require candidates to select more than one answer, from the four or six options given. Some questions will contain pictures or road signs or even road situations.