The Theory Test

As soon as possible it is a good idea to start studying for your theory test. The driving theory test is broken up into two parts:

  • multiple-choice questions
  • hazard perception


To prepare for the multiple-choice part of the theory test you should use three books known as the ‘source material’. They are:

  • The Highway Code
  • know your traffic signs
  • The Official DSA guide to DRIVING the essential skills

Official DSA car theory test – Are you ready?

Online Practice

The Hazard Perception part – DSA has developed a training DVD for the hazard perception test called ‘The official guide to hazard perception’.

You can buy the DVD from most high street book shops. It is also available to order online or over the phone from The Stationery Office through the link below.

The DVD has information about:

  • defining hazards
  • looking for clues
  • the ‘mirror – signal – manoeuvre’ routine
  • scanning and planning
  • prioritising hazards
  • cutting down the risks
  • responding to hazards

The DVD also has a number of interactive examples of hazard perception video clips.

More information about the theory test