You need a driving licence to experience the freedom and the thrill of sitting behind the wheels of a car and driving it to a place of your choice. To acquire a driving licence, the first hurdle that you need to cross is the practical driving test. The practical driving aspect may be well in your hands but without clearing the theory test it’s for nought.
The only way of clearing a theory test is through studying to gain the knowledge of regulations and rules of driving. This knowledge that you gain by studying needs constant revision to prepare you for the driving theory exam. You can consider the below mentioned things to best prepare for the driving theory exam.
Understanding the format of the theory test
Your familiarity with the theory test format helps you in your preparation for the test and finally clearing it. The theory test consists of two parts that are multiple choice questions and hazard perception. To pass the exam, you are needed to clear both the above mentioned parts.
The first part tests your knowledge of rules and regulations of driving. It normally lasts for 57 minutes and consists of 50 multiple choice questions out of which you need to answer 43 questions correctly. The hazard perception section tests you on your response and response time to various potential hazardous situations that may arise while you are on the road. It includes a series of short video clips from which you have to detect the hazards that are developing around you, and the faster you detect and respond to a hazard the more marks you get.
Find out your best suited revision style
You need to find out whether you learn more by reading the study material or whether the visual way of learning is best suited for you. It could be that you learn more by doing or experiencing something or maybe you learn best while listening to a lecture. By finding out the most effective way of studying, you can choose the study material accordingly. You can learn through YouTube videos or recorded lectures or books like the DVSA’s book for the theory exam.
Things to remember
- The pass result of a theory test is valid for only two years so make sure that the date of the practical test is close to the theory tests result. Both tests may have waiting lists, so it’s best to book for the tests carefully.
- Practice multiple choice questions using mock test so that you are fully prepared and confident. You need to be able to complete all the 50 questions in the given time.
- Use the study material provided by the DVCA.
- Focus on your revision and avoid distractions like mobiles.
- Use practical lessons as a medium of understanding the hazardous situations.
- If you fail to understand a question or some point, make sure you ask the driving instructor for clarification.
- Familiarise yourself with the digital mode of theory exam by taking online mock tests or by downloading and practising the mock test on your computer since the theory test you will take will be digitised.
The use of official study material of DVSA and studying according to your learning style will help you greatly in passing the exam. The only way of passing the theory test is preparation, revision and consistent performance in the mock tests.