Learn How to Pass Your U.K. Car Theory Test

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Study U.K. Highway Code

Surveys show that students spend less time with the U.K. Highway Code than ever before. Which is a shame, since the book outline all the information you need to know for the examination. The Highway Code is also an excellent source later in life, when you need to check facts or refresh your knowledge.

Most of us don’t remember every single rule in the highway, especially if we don’t encounter a situation daily. But you need to know most of rules for the driver’s theory test!

U.K. Official Highway Code

Study Together with Others

Getting ready for your written theory test is more than just getting a passing score. You learn for life and need to be the best driver you can possibly be. After all, you want stay alive by being a safe and defensive driver.

This isn’t always obvious to young students. As with all tests, the school-mentally takes over. You study for the examination by yourself, as if it is just another school test.

You should try to break this habit. Approach your driver’s license test with curiosity and thirst for knowledge. Discuss traffic rules and driving rules with others. Go online and read about vehicles and road safety. There is always something to learn. Engage in forums about driving. Active learning helps you digest the content of the highway code much faster. You will also retain the knowledge much longer.

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Write Your Own Explanations

Writing or taking notes is another approach to active learning. Some will say that notes should be kept short and simple. They also say that notes just serve one simple purpose – to help you remember information.

This is not true. You should use notes to rewrite information with your own words. The longer, the better. This triggers a reflecting process which promotes learning. You don’t necessarily have to go back to the notes afterwards.

Short and automatic notes that you scribble down and read over and over, won’t really help. No matter how well you organize them. They have the same low effect on your learning as highlighting, underlining, and rereading the text in your text book. It becomes static.

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Understand how Multiple-Choice Tests Work

Knowledge of rules of the road is by far the best strategy when taking the theory test, but knowing how multiple-choice tests are constructed or the psychology behind them, may help you when you don’t know an answer.

Do you see the choices “none of the above” or “all of the above” on your test? Then you have an advantage over the test maker. Research shows that this choice tends to be correct most of the time.

Start by looking closely at each choice. If you have “all of the above” as one choice and at least one other choice seems correct, then “all of the above” is most likely your answer. Same thing with “none of the above. If at least one other choice seems false, then all choices are most likely false. Go with “none of the above”.

Creators of multiple-choice tests only use these options when there are many things you should do or many things you must not do. If the first approach doesn’t pan out, ask yourself if there are several possible answers to the question. There usually is.

“All of the above” and “None of the above” is not a recommended use today, and they don’t appear that often on the real theory test.

Look at the Length of All Answers

Do you need to make a wild guess? Look at the length of all answers. A test makers must make sure that a correct choice is indisputably right. This may require more qualifying language. If a choice is noticeably longer than the others and you must guess; go with the longest sentence.

Test makers often construct false choices by using qualifiers like always or never. Unless the question is directly related to traffic laws, such words may stand out and warn you that the answer is incorrect. Conditional phrases with words like “usually”, “normally”, or “in most situations” are more likely to be correct.

Be aware of unnecessary details that may change over time. Officials are reluctant to modify tests just because small details change. Updating tests costs money and much administration. That is why a test-maker don’t go into too much detail.

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Take the Mock Theory Test

A mock theory test or practise test serves two purposes:

  • You familiarize yourself with the test format.
  • You get instant feedback on your current knowledge level.

Each mock test is easy to use. You can study for your car theory test with full mock tests (50 questions) or you can take a quick random online theory test. When you start a random test, 10 or 25 mock questions are randomly picked from a large database with more than 1,200 questions.


Every test question is from an official test bank, safe driving recommendations, U.K. laws and rules. All answers are carefully reviewed to be up-to-date with the current U.K. Highway Code. Even if some answers may change with new laws, we try to get them updated together with the release of every new handbook. This means you can always rely on question and answers on your test practise.

With every theory test question, you get instant answers plus a brief explanation and a reference to the U.K. Highway Code or special notes for more reading. We recommend you to read them and keep your U.K. Highway Code handy to compare facts and speed up your learning.

Remember, challenging practise tests help you more. They will improve your test-taking “endurance” and you will learn how to pace yourself and read everything twice. Errors made on a license exam are often made by users who knew the answer, but answered a question too quickly.

You should take as many practise tests as you can and try to learn from every single mistake. Read critically and check facts with the highway code.

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Don’t Attempt the Real Theory Test Too Soon

You are probably eager to get your license. With eagerness, it is also tempting to try to take shortcuts. Don’t.

For one thing, shortcuts can be mentally damaging. You don’t want to earn your license without having a first clue about traffic signs, safe driving techniques and laws. Others will know if you cheated your way to your driver’s license and you won’t be a hero in their eyes. They will see you as a failure, even if you passed your exam.

And don’t buy into the crap that it is all common sense. If the population of this country all had the same common sense, it could be a different matter. But there is no universal common sense. Everyone has their own definition.

Once you got your license and spent some months driving, you will understand what I mean!

Not even laws make common sense sometimes. But there is always a very good reason behind them. You just need to find out what these reasons are.

Passing the theory exam and becoming an excellent driver require some self-investment. It won’t happen overnight. Adopt a healthy mindset and set up a realistic goal. Driving is fun and you don’t want it to end just because you didn’t bother to learn the rules.

Our mock tests will give you a hint of your progress. Aim for a score of 95 – 100 %. Friends and family can also help with honest feedback. Don’t be afraid to ask them.

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The Real Theory Test: Know When to Move On

Use your time at the examination wisely and don’t be put down by impossible questions. If you have absolutely no idea how to answer a question, make an educated guess (see above). If you get it wrong, don’t beat yourself up over it. Be realistic about your abilities and knowledge. Make your best guess and move on!

Focus on the questions you know the answer to. Feel a good about yourself when you answer each of them correctly. Because you will a lot of those!

Good Luck!

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3 Comments on Learn How to Pass Your U.K. Car Theory Test

  1. Berenice Abli // March 29, 2018 at 4:25 pm //

    I like to know how tu use the hazard perception property.

  2. Berenice Abli // March 29, 2018 at 4:22 pm //

    I don’t know if I’m using the hazard perception correctly.
    I failed once on my test on hazard perception.
    This a problem for. I would like to attend a centre that has some computers so that I can learn how to properly use the hazard perception. Thank you.

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