In this article we'll outline exactly what will happen on the day of your theory test, along with a few tips for studying effectively.
Hopefully, by visualising the day, you’ll feel more confident just knowing how the test will unfold.
Taking your theory test: visualising the day
So, it’s theory test day. You’ve got the letter from the test centre, your provisional photocard licence, and a drink and a snack with you. You’ve also left the house with plenty of time to spare. So far so good.
Here’s what will happen when you arrive at the test centre.
1. Sign in at reception
You’ll be asked to show your test appointment letter and provisional photocard licence at the desk. You’ll then be shown to a waiting area.
2. Pack away your belongings
There may be lockers in the waiting area, or a room nearby, where you can leave your coat or bag – and mobile phone! You will not be allowed to take this into the test room. If there are no lockers, you should leave your belongings with a family member or friend.
3. Wait for your name to be called
This is often the hardest, most nerve-wracking bit of the whole day! If you’re with a friend or family member, chat between yourselves to lessen the tension. If you’re on your own you could try taking deep breaths or use this time to recall road signs or your highway code.
4. Practice time
You’ll be assigned to a computer and allowed 15 minutes of practice time. Use this time to get used to the computer system and the touch screen you’ll use to complete the test.
5. Begin the test – multiple choice segment
Following practice time, you’ll have 57 minutes to answer 50 multiple-choice questions. If you’ve arranged for extra time (more on this later), you’ll have an additional 57 minutes to complete the test.
- Read every question twice to be sure you’ve understood it.
- Flag any questions you’re not sure about – you can revisit these questions later.
- Be time aware. Your computer screen will show which question you’re doing, and how much time you have remaining. A review screen will tell you how many questions you have completed, any incomplete answers and which questions you have flagged to return to later.