Sitting the Theory Test
Once you have booked your
theory test you should receive written confirmation from
the DSA. Make sure to check the time, date and location of
your test on the card. If you wish to cancel the booking
or change the date or location you can do so via telephone
or online as long as you provide the DSA with at least
three clear working days notice.
Try to turn up at the test centre at least 10 to 15 minutes
prior to your appointment time. If you are late you may not be
able to sit your test and may lose your fee.
When you attend the test you need to bring with you
- Your appointment card or booking number and
- Both parts of your photocard licence (the photocard and
the paper counterpart)
If you do not bring the appropriate documents you will not
be able to sit the test and you will lose your fee!
Once the theory test invigilator has checked your documents
and completed the registration you will be taken through to the
test room. You may not take any personal items with you. All
items should be placed in the lockers provided.
In the test room there will be a number of computer screens.
The invigilator will show you to the screen you will use; it
should display your name and the category of test you are
sitting. You may not talk or communicate with any of other
candidates. If you have any problems you should attract the
attention of invigilator.
The theory test is made up of two elements: the
multiple-choice question & answer section and the hazard
perception section. At present you sit the multiple-choice
question & answer section first.
- Before the test begins the computer screen will display
instructions on how this section works. If you wish, you
may try some sample questions to get used to the layout of
- When the test begins 50 questions will be randomly
selected from the DSA’s question bank. The screen will
display one question at a time together with a choice of
answers. Also displayed will be an instruction as to how
many answers you should select; it will be between 1 and 4.
If you don’t select all of the right answers you will not
get a mark.
- To select an answer touch the button on the screen next
to the appropriate answer. The background of the answer
text will change colour to indicate your choice. You can
move backwards or forwards through the questions by
pressing the ‘next’ or ‘previous’ buttons.
- If you wish to highlight a particular question so that
you can come back to it later press the ‘flag’ button.
- You can press the review button at any point during the
test and you will be provided with a summary of
- how many questions you have answered,
- how many are unanswered and
- how many questions you have flagged.
From this review screen you can review all of the questions,
review only the unanswered questions or review only the
questions you have flagged.
You are allowed 57 minutes to answer all of the
questions. Once you are satisfied with your answers you can end
the test or if you have run out of time the test will come to
an end. The minimum pass mark is 43 out of 50 correct