Upcoming Theory Test; Any Tips?

The nerves are starting to kick in since I can’t alter the appointment without losing my fee! Help is most welcome!

I’m thinking ahead about everything. The venue, the atmosphere, how many people will be there, will it be easy or hard? I’ve been hard at the books – nowadays it’s the app, but you know what I mean. Constantly revising and taking mini tests and sometimes the full tests. My goal is to pass the actual theory test 100% obviously, who doesn’t? But there’s so much to it, much more than I ever imagined! I thought a lot of it is common sense and many things I already know from being in the passengers seat, but how wrong was I?

It had me thinking, I’m sure they must’ve made this test harder? Not that I’ve ever done the test before, but the amount of silly people on the road makes me wonder, how did they all pass? I looked it up and they said that DVSA have made the theory test harder. And I thought it was all a conspiracy but no I was right. They said in the last decade, the pass rate has gone down by a QUARTER! I’m thinking, I’m not surprised! It’s probably harder than the practical driving test!

My test is on Thursday so I’m in dire need of any last minute tests to get through easily first time. Any tips are most welcome! And if you can, let me know your experience of the theory test, how it was for you and any insight into what to expect on the day!

Have you passed your test? Have you got any tips? Comment anything and everything below!

15 thoughts on “Upcoming Theory Test; Any Tips?

  1. From the context of what you wrote, I gather a “Theory Test” is the “academic” part of the driver’s exam. Don’t mean to be obtuse; we just use different terminology here in the US.

    If that is what you’re writing about, our “Theory Test” is far easier that is the actual “physical” driver’s exam. Even so, it’s obvious the people who composed the test don’t have a writing background, as many of the questions are clumsily worded, and even are confusing. Likely not a concern for you, though, as things may be quite different in the UK.

    Plus, as you point out, everybody else on the road already passed. If they can do it, you’ve got this one, Antonia. Follow up when you “officially” have passed. Merely a formality, but still…

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    1. Yes it’s basically a timed test about all sorts like road signs, speed limits, cat’s eye colours, what gears to be in, in certain situations, flashing beacons and what the different colours mean. Long story short you’re basically asked 50 questions about road issues/driving and you must know them and get 43 or more questions right to pass. The computer can ask anything, so even you study hard for it (I definitely did haha) they could try to catch you out. ๐Ÿ‘€
      I passed first time, thankfully!
      You must pass the theory test to be able to book the practical test (the actual driving test).
      I’m not sure what the US version of this test is but I imagine they must have this sort of test? Maybe named differently?
      Definitely let me know what the US equivalent is! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ
      Thankyouu so much for your advice and for reading + commenting!!
      Have a lovely day ๐Ÿ˜Š

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      1. Congratulations, Antonia! All that worrying, and it turns out you had no reason to be concerned. Isn’t that always how it is?

        As I recall, the US version is called the “Driver’s Written Exam.” Though it likely hasn’t been “written” since the 1970s, the name persisted.

        I can remember being quite upset at missing one question in particular. Though I passed with plenty of room to spare, the errant question was worded poorly. Dreadfully, actually. Proof, apparently, bureaucrats needn’t be literate.

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      2. Aww thankyouu so much! Trust me I was worrying up until I find out the results, and even then Iโ€™m now worrying about the practical! After lessons of course ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚.
        Ohhh I didnโ€™t know what the US version was called so thatโ€™s a fun fact!
        They do that on purpose I swear! I practiced everything! Went over every single thing like a million times and somehow they managed to get a few questions in there that Iโ€™ve never heard of! I agree with the wording being poor, I experienced that on one or two questions, Iโ€™m sure they do that on purpose so more people fail then have to rebook! Itโ€™s all a money making scheme!๐Ÿ˜‚
        Thankyouu so much for reading and commenting!
        Have a lovely day๐Ÿ˜Š

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  2. I would assume youโ€™ve done some practice questions and the hazard test online to familiarise yourself with how it is first off.

    I would say with the questions that when it gets to one youโ€™re not to sure on, trust your instincts. With the hazard perception, really look high up the road to catch things at its earliest point, and thereโ€™s no wrong answer so just click if you think itโ€™s a hazard

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    1. Thankyouu so much for your tips, they’re so helpful!
      I revised and studied so hard for it! Practised the hazard perception and everything.
      I passed first time which I’m crazily happy about! The hazard perception was the one thing I kept questioning myself about. A few clips into it and I was like, ummm I have a feeling I’m screwed. But then I just thought, let me relax and just do my best!
      Walking out I received the letter, didn’t look at it until I was in the lift, and it said you passed. I screamed!
      Thankyouu so much for these tips!
      Have a lovely day ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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  3. I don’t know how it is in England but in Spain was hard and now a days even harder. I was lucky to get my drivers license while I was in the army, basically they passed me. Although I have been driving with stick by age 13 that they “gave” me cars to drive.
    When I was a student, what I did was to study really hard for months on end, pay attention to day to day classes. Then hit the books (in those years there was actual paper) hard the last week, and then let it rest the last day before the exam. It worked for me. I remember people still at the last moment going through notes, well if you’re still trying to remember at the last moment is not a good sign. If you put the work in before it does slip into the beachhead of your mind and will come to the front of the mind when you see the question on the exam. So relax, and in the rare case you fail the test is not the end of the world, you can save money somehow and try to do it again in the future. Plus….. there are bicycles!! The great climate change forum just ended here in my country, I have been bombarded by tree hugging crusaders and now you go and get a car to pollute…. shame on you.
    Still love ya though. You’ll do fine don’t worry. And by the way this is written on November 26 so how did it go?

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    1. Such great advice! Wow you have a lot of experience driving! And yess I passed first time which Iโ€™m so happy about! Thankyouu for asking! Have a lovely Christmas!!๐Ÿ˜Š

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    1. I passed first time thankfully!! Thankyouu for asking! But know the pressure is on, I have to pass my practical before December 2020, or else Iโ€™ll have to retake the theory!๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜… the stress has begun!
      Thankyouu so much for reading and commenting!
      Have a lovely day๐Ÿ˜

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