The theory test consists of two parts namely, a 50-question multiple choice section and a Hazard Perception test. In order to pass the multiple choice section you must answer 43 or more questions correctly within 57 minutes. Questions are chosen at random and cover a range of subjects i.e. traffic signs and regulations, car safety and the effect of alcohol and drug consumption whilst driving. Questions are answered by using a touch screen computer and mouse. You may skip questions and return to them later during the test.
Immediately after the multiple choice section, follows the video-based Hazard Perception test. You will watch a series of 14 video clips lasting one-minute, in which you must identify 15 hazards by using the mouse to click on the screen when you spot a potential hazard developing. You can score up to 5 points on each hazard, depending on how quickly you identify the potential hazard. In order to pass this element of the theory test you need to score 44 out of 75.
To pass the theory test successfully you need to pass both the multiple choice section and Hazard Perception test at the same time before you can apply for your practical driving test. You will have to take both parts again, if you pass one part and fail the other. In order to practise for your theory test, you can practise online (Practice Test) or ask your driving for a range of mock theory test papers or books that are available.