2015 is almost at an end and itâ€™s been an interesting year for the DVSA driving theory test. What can you expect when making an online theory test booking in 2016? Hereâ€™s Book Theory Test Todayâ€™s insight.
2015 began with a makeover for the hazard perception part of the DVSA theory testÂ with the introduction of new CGI clips to better test candidatesâ€™ reactions to real world driving situations. Those who had made an online theory test booking for 12 January or after were tested on night time driving and driving in adverse weather conditions for the first time.
In September 2015, the DVSA made changes to theory test questions. Before the changes, those making an online theory test booking would have faced questions requiring them to give multiple answers to just one question. Following the changes, this was no longer the case.
Instead, those who had made an online theory test booking after the changes had taken place would only be required to select one answer from a selection of multiple choice answers. The changes affected 129 questions.
On October 1 2015, the DVSA gave theory test candidates an early Christmas present, cutting the fee for making an online theory test booking for all vehicle categories. For the car theory test, the fee was reduced from Â£25 to Â£23.
Need to know changes for online theory test booking in 2016
In 2016, Book Theory Test Today anticipates a raft of changes to driver testing across the theory test and DVSA practical test. When making an online theory test booking, expect the theory test to look somewhat different at some point as more questions about motorway driving are likely to appear.
Towards the end of 2015, the government announced that a consultation will take place in 2016 with a view to introducing motorway lessons for learner drivers. Itâ€™s likely that the same consultation will propose the much talked about graduated licencing system for new drivers, which received plenty of headlines in 2015. Weâ€™ll keep you posted in the New Year on developments.
Perhaps one of the bigger changes to the theory test in 2016 will be who provides it. Currently, Pearson VUE holds the government contract to supply the DVSA driving theory test across the whole of the UK. However, the contract expires in September 2016, with Learndirect set to take over.
However, Pearson did enter negotiations to purchase Learndirect in order to retain the driving theory test contract, but negotiations have hit a snag with Pearson announcing at the end of 2015 that they had abandoned plans to buy Learndirect due to financial troubles.
In terms of making an online theory test booking, contract issues will not cause a problem. However, uncertainty surrounds who will be providing the theory test come the end of 2016. You can expect Book Theory Test Today to keep you updated.
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