With coronavirus continuing to dominate the news in the UK, you’d be forgiven for missing driving theory test changes launched in April 2020. The updated theory test was introduced on 14 April. What are the changes and what do they mean for you once theory tests resume?
What Are The Driving Theory Test Changes?
The new look driving theory test includes three multiple-choice questions based on a short video clip. The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) said that the driving theory test changes were introduced to make the exam ‘more accessible’ for everyone.
According to research, learner drivers with reading and learning difficulties tend to struggle with written questions. The introduction of video-based questions means that people with autism or dyslexia should find the theory test more accessible.
Prior to the changes on 14 April, theory test candidates had to read a case study and then answer five questions based on the study. Here’s an example of a new, car theory test video:
Following the video clip, test candidates will be asked to answer three, multiple-choice questions with four answers to choose from.
Videos will play on the left-hand side of the computer screen, and test candidates will be given controls enabling them to play, pause and move to a specific video using the progress bar. Meanwhile, the right-hand side of the screen will display the questions and answers.
Driving Theory Test Changes Only Apply To Car Theory Tests
For now, the latest driving theory test changes only apply to the car theory test and not theory tests for motorcycles, buses, coaches, lorries and approved driving instructors (ADI). Meanwhile, other elements of the theory test will remain the same.
Test candidates will still be required to answer 50 multiple-choice questions within 57 minutes and achieve a score of 43 out of 50 in order to pass. The hazard perception test remains unchanged, too.
Changes To Theory Test Welcomed
Across the industry, the driving theory test changes have been welcomed. Spokesman for the RAC, Simon Williams, said: “This is a very positive change and should make the driving theory test accessible to many more people as watching case study videos is far more reflective of real-world driving than having to read them and then answer questions.”
“We know from RAC research that being able to drive is an important milestone in people’s lives as it allows them to get around more easily. This is particularly true for those who live in more rural locations,” Mr Williams said.
Head of training at the Bill Plant driving school, Peter Brabin, said: “There’s no doubt that the changes coming into effect are an improvement to the theory test. While the majority of the examination remains unchanged, the introduction of video clips in place of written case studies puts students into more realistic scenarios akin to everyday driving experiences.”
Booking a Driving Theory Test
UK theory tests are currently suspended until 31 May, 2020. However, the suspension doesn’t mean you can’t be prepared for your theory test once lockdown measures are lifted. Our site is packed with free resources you can use to get ready for your theory test.