How is the theory test changing? – online theory classes

The theory test for learners will be changing.

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What changes will be made?

The changes are aimed to make the theory test more accessible for individuals who have a reading impairment, learning disabilities, or developmental condition.


Currently, the theory test has 5 questions to answer based on a case study at the end. You need to read through the case study first and then answer the questions, the case study will be the same for the 5 questions.

When theory tests change, instead of reading a case study and answering questions, you will watch a video and answer 3 questions about the video. The video clip can be replayed and watched as many times as needed.

The video will be a clip of driving through an area, such as a town, country lane etc. For each question, you will be given 4 possible answers to choose from.


Possible question example: Why should the driver, on the side road, look out for motorcyclists at junctions?


The left-hand side of the screen will play the video clip with controls to play the video, pause the video, move to a specific part of the video by dragging the icon on a progress bar similar to a YouTube video and watch the video using the full screen. The questions will then be shown on the right-hand side.


What is staying the same?


You will still have 50 multiple choice questions to answer, with the timescale of 57 minutes to complete them. You will need to score a minimum of 43 out of 50 to pass the question side of the test. The hazard perception section is staying the exact same. This will be watching video clips to spot possible hazards.


SmartLearner Driving School has recently begun to offer theory support online. Currently, SmartLearner offers 1-2-1 help towards your theory test that requires pupils to travel to the office in Coventry. However, due to COVID-19 and current regulations, they now offer online theory support online. Their regular theory classes were met with great reception, high praise, and students who took regular lessons with the theory instructor all passed! If you would like to get booked in for online theory support give us a call on 0800 118 2001 or visit our website.

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