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  • Emma Hallett

10 top tips to help you pass your theory test

As theory test centres are reopening this week, I thought it would be a good time to share with you some of my top tips for theory success.

1. Go with your gut when answering questions.

Flag any when you are not certain of the answer, then go back and review them if you have time at the end. Any questions you do not flag you will not be able to amend.

2. Take a break.

You are allowed a short break between the multiple choice and hazard perception parts of the tests. It's worth taking this breather so that you can compose yourself. You can't leave the room but look away from the computer and give your eyes a rest - you want them sharp for spotting those hazards!

3. Use the practice session to warm up.

You will be given the opportunity to have a practice session at the start of your theory test. Use this so you definitely know what's expected of you. If there are any issues it also gives you a chance to get them sorted before the real test begins.

4. Plan ahead.

On the day ensure you know where you are going and arrive at the centre in plenty of time (at least 15 minutes before your test time). The offices can be hard to find so give yourself extra time, the last thing you want is rushing in all stressed at the last minute as you couldn't find the correct room. You could even visit in advance so you exactly where you need to be.

5. Only take your theory test once you are passing mock tests.

I can provide free online access to Driving Test Success which allows you to fully prepare for your theory test. I am able to track your progress and offer tailored support if necessary.

6. Clicking too early for the hazards?

Try clicking when you think you need to and click again a second or two later. Remember you should be looking out for anything that may cause you to change your speed or position.

7. Know your road and traffic signs.

This is the category with the most questions so it's good to be confident with these. This will also help you when driving to ensure you stay within the law and are prepared for hazards ahead. A PDF copy of the Know Your Traffic Signs book is available for free online (

8. Learn your stopping distances.

The question may ask about overall stopping distance (the thinking distance and braking distance combined) or just the braking distance. They may also ask about different weather conditions so ensure you know what impact rain (x 2) and snow/ice (x 10) has on braking distance. Stopping distances are tricky, you will either need to memorise them or use maths to work them out.

9. Pay attention.

Ask questions and watch what others do when you are a pedestrian, a cyclist or a passenger to help you understand the rules of the road, traffic signs and road markings etc.

10. Figure out how you learn best.

There’s no right or wrong way to learn – books, videos, apps, practice questions… Just make sure you understand the theory behind the questions, and you’ll be more confident answering the questions on the day.

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