Learner Drivers Theory Test to Change April 2020. 02/03/20

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If you’re hoping to get behind the wheel this year, you should be aware that from April the theory part of the driving test is changing. These changes are coming in to make the system fairer for everyone.

From April 14th, 2020 the test changes will be in place across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Currently learner drivers have to answer 50 multiple choice questions and pass a hazard perception test which includes videos. The questions currently include a written case study, five questions must then be answered in relation to the case study based on the highway code.

From April, instead of the written case study, learner drivers will be asked to watch a short video, in which they will have to then answer three multiple questions. They can watch the video as many times as they like. The video will show a clip of driving through a town centre or on a country road.

As part of the test, you'll still need to:

  • Answer 50 multiple-choice questions within 57 minutes

  • Get 43 out of the 50 questions right to pass the multiple-choice part of the test

The changes in the test are coming into place to help people with reading difficulties such as Dyslexia pass the test. Video scenarios are known to make people with reading difficulties feel more comfortable than dealing with written questions.

Learner drivers can expect to be asked questions like:

  • Why are motorcyclists considered vulnerable road users?

  • Why should the driver, on the side road, look out for motorcyclists at junctions?

  • In this clip, who can cross the chevrons to overtake other vehicles, when is it safe to do so?

This new case study approach to the theory test only applies to the car theory test, the motorcycle, lorry, bus and coach theory tests will remain the same for the time being.

All information is believed to be correct at the time of publication.

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