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Change your theory test appointment 

This service allows you to book a driving theory test up to three months before your current test date. You must give at least 3 full working days‘ notice to change your test date. Mondays to Saturdays count as working days but Sunday and public holidays do not count.

If you do not go to your test because you’re self isolating

I've been given this message by DVSA: Email DVSA with the subject line 'COVID-19 short note cancellation'. Include your address, post code, date of birth and your full name as it appears on your driving license. Also include either your driving licence number or your test reference number. We'll then contact you to help arrange a new appointment. You won't need to pay again.

What you need to know

Help with your booking. Contact DVSA to get help changing your appointment. Telephone: 0300 200 112 2 Monday to Friday, 8am-4pm Find out about call charge. There’s different service to change your appointment in Northern Ireland.

Change or cancel your theory test online

This website allows you to change or cancel your driving theory test appointment online by using your email address.

Before you start

Your appointment notice will tell you when you can change or cancel an appointment. If you change or cancel your appointment by this time, the payment you've made is carried over to your next appointment. If you cancel your driving theory test appointment by this time, you will be given a refund. You will need:

Your booking reference number. your driver licence number. your date-of-birth. You must wear a facial covering at your test. You must have a good reason if you don't wear one. For more information visit taking a theory test if you've got special needs. You can find out what information the Driver and Vehicle Agency collects about you when you use this service by visiting their privacy notice.

Change your appointment online

You can find and book appointments 24 weeks in advance. Appointments are available from 6am to 1am.

Reschedule or Cancel your Theory Test

You should reschedule your theory test as soon as possible. You may want to take a practice test before taking your actual test.

Reschedule or cancel Driver Theory Test

The buttons below will take you to the Prometric website where you can reschedule or cancel your Driver Theory test.

Reschedule or cancel ADI Theory Test

The buttons below will take you to the Prometric website where you can reschedule or cancel your ADI theory test.

Reschedule or cancel CPC Theory Test

The buttons below will take you to the Prometric website where you can reschedule or cancel your CPC theory test.

How many times you can change your appointment

You can change your appointment up until 10 times. If you want to make more changes than that, you'll have to cancel your test. Cancel your test. Get a full refund if you've given at least three clear working days' notice. Book a new appointment. You'll have to pay for the appointment when you book.

There's a different service to change you driving test in Northern Ireland

Wearing a face covering at your test

A face covering is required at this exam. If you do not have one, you must have an acceptable excuse.

NI residency

You can take a driving test in Northern Ireland if you're a resident there. To do this, you'll need to prove you're a resident by filling out a residency declaration form and sending it to the Driver & Vehicle Agency (DVA).

The driving licence you need

To obtain a provisional driving licence you must be over 18 years old and hold a full UK driving license. You can apply for your provisional driving licence from any Motorway Service Station or Driving Standards Agency office. You should also be aware that if you fail the Theory Test you may lose your provisional driving licence.

When can I take the theory test?

You can take your theory test as soon as you're 17, but you need to apply for an enhanced rate of the mobility component of PIP before you turn 16.

What do I need to bring to my theory test?

You're going to need to bring your photo card driving license with you. You won’t be allowed to take the exam without bringing along the right form of identification. And you'll lose your booking fees if you don't bring your signed driving license and a valid passport.

How the theory test works

There are two parts to this test: Part 1 - A series of multiple-choice questions. Part 2 - A hazard perception test. Multiple-choice questions. The 50 multiple-choice questions test your knowledge of road signs and traffic lights. The questions are continually revised so they reflect current legislation and official DVSA guidance.

The first question asks what type of animal is used as an example in this test. The correct answer is "Koala". The second question asks how many species of animals there are. The correct answer is 45. The third question asks what kind of plant is used as an example. The correct answer is gum tree. The fourth question asks what kind of fruit is used as an example of a food source. The correct answer is kangaroo. The fifth question asks what kind of animal is used as a model for this test. The correct response is koala.

Drivers who fail the hazard perception test will be given a driving lesson. Drivers who pass the test will be allowed to drive without a licence.

Clicking randomly is not allowed. You can only score points when you actually see the hazard.

You will be given 1 attempt per question. You must answer every question correctly before moving on to the next question. You may NOT skip any questions.

How long does the theory test take?

You have 57 minutes to complete your driving theory exam. Some people take less than 3 minutes to do this. After completing the first section, you can either have 3 minutes rest or continue with the second section. This takes 20 minutes.

Hazard Perception tests help drivers to understand road conditions and make them aware of potential hazards. This helps drivers to avoid accidents.

Can I do my theory test before taking driving lessons?

Practical driving lessons should be done first. Theory tests should be taken after you've had some real life experience behind the wheel. Driving lessons should teach you about the rules of the road, and how to handle different situations.

Can I sit my practical test before doing my theory test?

No. You must sit and take your theory test before you're able to do your practical. The DVSA state you must take your theory certificate to the practical.

What’s the theory test pass mark?

Driving theory test pass marks are 43/50 for the motorcycle test and 44/75 (or 75%) for the car test. For the HGV / LGV theory test, the pass mark is 85/100 (or 85%).

The vehicle multiple-choice tests are easy. The car and motorcycle tests are harder than the LGV test. The PCV test is more difficult than the other three tests.

How is the theory test structured?

The theory test is made up of 50 multiple choice questions. The first half of the test covers topics such as general traffic rules, vehicle dynamics, and the effects of speed on braking distances. The second half of the test covers more advanced topics such as lane changes, overtaking, passing, and emergency procedures.




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