Pass Your Driving Theory Test First Time
With the theory test now restarted up after coronavirus, we’re getting a lot of questions about how best to pass first time. Preparing yourself and knowing what to expect on the day is essential to smashing it first time. To become a safe driver on U.K. roads you’re required to not only pass a practical driving test but also a theory test. With Pass Me Faster being added to the Top 25 Driving School Blogs and Websites to Follow in 2020 we decided to celebrate. Please enjoy our blog on how to pass your driving theory test first time.
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Theory Test Recommended Resources
There are some great apps, DVD’s and books to help you prepare for your driving test. There’s also a lot of free online practice tests too. There’s certainly plenty of choice and enough material out there to give you the knowledge to ace it the first time around.
What we’ve noticed over the years is, yes, although some of the free practice tests are great for getting you into the swing of things, they don’t give you everything you need to pass first time. You wouldn’t believe the amount of people we hear saying ”I passed the online free course easy then I failed on the day”.
The cheapest way to fully prepare if you can’t find anyone to borrow a DVD from is to buy an app online.
Here are some of our favorites –
Tips to Pass Your Driving Theory Test First Time
Before we look at how to pass your driving test first time, maybe we should talk about when to take your theory test. There’s a couple of options here so just think about what you feel will suit you and the way you learn best. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of each way –
1). Study and Pass your Theory Test before starting Practical Driving Lessons
Your driving test theory pass certificate is valid for two years from the day you pass the test. By getting the theory test done first it allows you to focus on your practical lessons. If you have a busy timetable studying for theory and completing practical lessons may be a bit of a squeeze. Completing them separately might make it all a bit more manageable.
If you’re wanting to book an intensive course you will need your theory test passed to book a practical test. Although you do not have to have a practical test booked to complete an intensive driving course it kind of defeats the purpose if there’s no test at the end of it.
2). Study Your Theory Whilst Taking Driving Lessons
This is our preferred method and what we tend to recommend to new students starting lessons with us. Combining your theory training in between practical lessons, in our experience, really is the best way to learn. With both the theory and practical lessons fresh in the mind, both aspects will complement each other adding a refreshing boost towards becoming road legal.
The only problem we notice in this way is sometimes students lag with the theory a little. Remember, you can’t book a practical driving test until your theory is passed! Come on, stop messing around, get it done!
Pass Me Faster’s Tips To Pass The Theory Test
The amount of time allocated to complete your theory test questions is usually way more than most candidates will need. Take your time and try to use the whole time you are given. You have 57 minutes to complete 50 questions. If you finish early have another look through the questions before leaving.
If you have special needs, dyslexia, for example, there are options to be allowed more time.
Read, Read and Read Again
Try not to just jump onto the first answer you see. There will be four multiple-choice answers. What may seem correct at first may be wrong once you have considered all the options. After you choose an answer re-read the question again.
Use The Flags
The flagging system allows you to put a marker on any questions you are a little unsure about. By completing all the questions you may get an answer or clue to a question you were stuck with earlier on. Sometimes a reworded question further on may reveal what you need to answer a previous question.
Panicking on a question you don’t know isn’t going to help you. Flag it and continue. Completing the test and coming back might just put you at ease and the answer might just come to you.
Hazard perception is a series of 15 video clips at the end of the theory test. These clips show typical hazards you may see out and about on the road. When you see a hazard you click on the computer mouse button. The faster you see a hazard the more points you will be awarded. You get scored from 0 to 5.
Top Tip –
The best way to prepare for hazard perception is to practice on your DVD or app at home until you’re used to it. The hazard perception on the test will be very similar to what you have practiced. It’s a bit like a computer game, the more you practice the more natural it becomes.
Believe it or not, a common problem a lot of people experience is spotting the fault too early. Many people click way too early before the window of measurement even starts. Yes, that’s right, you can be too fast!! If you are quick on the draw you may want to click again after a second or two just to make sure your click was registered.
Which hazard do I click for
The hazard you will be measured on is the one that causes the vehicle you are driving in the video clip to change speed or direction. Most of the video clips will have one hazard and a couple will have two. Don’t worry if you click for the wrong one. Keep looking out for the main hazard. You’re allowed a few mistake clicks. The program looks for patterns in the clicks so don’t go too mad clicking or you’ll score a nice zero.
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