From the 14th April 2020, the way the driving car theory test works in England, Scotland and Wales will be changing. If you’re due to take your driving theory test after this date, there are some changes you should be aware of.
How will the driving theory test be changing?
The changes aim to make the theory test more accessible, especially to people with a:
- reading difficulty (e.g. dyslexia)
- learning disability
- developmental condition (e.g. autism)
The changes coming into place on the 14th April will initially only apply to car theory tests.
One of the changes being made is the use of video clips in place of written case studies. The current driving theory test requires students to read a case study and then answer five questions about it. This tests your knowledge and understanding of road rules. From the 14th April 2020, you’ll watch a short, silent video clip and answer three multiple-choice questions about it, rather than reading a case study.
What will the video clip look like?
The video clip shown in this section of the test will show a situation you may find yourself in when driving, such as driving through a town centre or driving through a residential area.
Some examples of the questions you’ll have to answer following the video are:
- 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 it’s safe to do so?
For each of the three questions, you’ll have four possible answers to choose from.
What will the screen look like?
The left-hand side of the screen will show the video clip and functions to control the video, such as to play and pause the video. The right-hand side of the screen will display the question and four possible answers. You will be able to move the progress bar to a specific part of the video and switch to watch the video in full-screen mode.
What is staying the same about the driving theory test?
You will still need to study the same material to prepare for your driving theory test. You will still be required to:
- answer 50 multiple choice questions within 57 minutes
- answer 43 out of the 50 questions correctly to pass the multiple-choice part of the test
The hazard perception test part is staying the same.
Additional support for those with a reading difficulty, disability or health condition
There are some additional reasonable adjustments that can be made to the theory test for anyone with a:
- reading difficulty
- healthy condition
These adjustments include:
- extra time to take the test
- someone to read what’s on the screen and record your answers
- someone to reword the questions for you
Click here for more information on the new driving theory test changes for 2020.