Change announced to theory part of driving test


The way the theory section of the driving test works will change from 14 April, 2020.The change will make the theory test more accessible, especially to people with a reading difficulty (like dyslexia), learning disability or developmental condition (like autism).

The change only applies to car theory tests to begin with.

Currently, candidates have to read a case study and then answer five questions about it, to tests their knowledge and understanding of road rules.From April, they will watch a short video clip and answer three multiple choice questions about it instead.The video clip will show a situation, such as driving through a town centre, or driving on a country road.

Candidates will be able to watch the video as many times as they want. So they can watch the video, answer a question, and then watch the video again before answering the next question.Each question will have four possible answers to choose from.

All car theory tests will use video clips from 14 April 2020, including for people who fail a test before 14 April and then retake it afterwards, or if a test is cancelled or moved for any reason and the new test date is on or after 14 April.

Candidates will still need to study the same books and software to prepare for the theory test.They will still need to answer 50 multiple-choice questions within 57 minutes, and get 43 of the questions right to pass.

The change does not yet apply to motorcycle, lorry, bus or coach theory tests.

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