Theory test changes
From 14 April 2020, the car theory test will include 3 multiple-choice questions based on a short video the applicant will watch
The way the theory test works in England, Scotland and Wales will change from 14 April 2020. The same changes will apply in Northern Ireland.
The change will make the theory test more accessible, especially to people with a:
- reading difficulty (like dyslexia)
- learning disability
- developmental condition (like autism)
The change only applies to car theory tests to begin with.
Currently, applicants have to read a case study and then answer 5 questions about it.
This tests their knowledge and understanding of road rules.
This will change for those taking the test from 14 April 2020. They’ll watch one video clip instead of reading a case study, and answer 3 questions about it.
Applicants can watch the video clip as many times as they like during the multiple-choice part of the theory test.
The video clip will show a situation, such as driving through a town centre, or driving on a country road.
Applicants will be given questions like:
- Why are motorcyclists considered vulnerable road users?
- Why should the driver, on the side road, look out for motorcyclists at junctions?
- In this clip, who can cross the chevrons to overtake other vehicles, when it’s safe to do so?
For each of the 3 questions, they’ll have to choose the correct answer from 4 possible answers.
Applicants still need to study the same books and software to prepare for your theory test.
They’ll still need to:
- answer 50 multiple-choice questions within 57 minutes
- get 43 out of the 50 questions right to pass the multiple-choice part of the test
The hazard perception part of the test is not changing.
For more information on the changes please visit the DVSA here.