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UK Theory Test Updates from 28 September

New UK theory test updates are set to come into effect from 28 September. In a Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency statement, the government department said: “The changes will make the theory test more accessible for a range of prospective drivers.” Here’s what we know, but bear in mind it’s all subject to change.

While car theory test updates have been announced, with COVID-19 cases across the UK rising and tighter government restrictions being imposed, it remains to be seen which theory test centres will be open for appointments.

Nevertheless, it’s understood that new theory test updates will come into effect from Monday, 28 September 2020. So, what are the updates?

New Theory Test Updates Explained

The updates apply to car theory tests in England, Scotland and Wales. The new changes will include a three-minute video clip for candidates to watch before having to answer three questions based on the clip viewed.

The update is different to the former version of the theory test, which required candidates to read a case study and answer five questions about what they’d read.

Candidates will be able to view the clip as many times as they like prior to answering questions set by the test.

Expanding on the DVSA’s statement, the department said: “The test will be more accessible to people with reading difficulties, such as dyslexia and those with learning disabilities and development conditions such as autism.”

Theory Test Failure

Should a candidate fail a theory test in its current form, the DVSA has said that they will be subject to the new version of the test, should they decide to retake the exam on or after 28 September.

Candidates whose tests have been cancelled or rearranged amid the pandemic will also have to face the new test if their new test date is on or after 28 September.

The DVSA is now urging candidates to familiarise themselves with the new theory test updates to avoid getting caught out by the new look exam.

The agency did stress that in order to pass the updated theory test, candidates will still have to answer 50 multiple choice questions within 57 minutes, scoring a minimum of 43 to be issued with a theory test certificate that will allow a candidate to take their practical exam.

While the main theory test has been updated, it’s understood that the hazard perception test will remain unchanged.

A number of driving experts have welcomed the new theory test updates, which they argue ‘offer a greater sense of reality’, compared to written scenarios.

Head of Training at Bill Plant Driving School, Peter Barbin, said: “The update will make the test accessible to all. It won’t make it easier for learner drivers, but it’s a step in the right direction for improving the assessment of potential drivers that want to take to Britain’s roads.”

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