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From 14 April 2020 the car theory test will include 3 multiple-choice questions based on a short video

The way the car theory driving test works will change from 14 April 2020. This, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency says, will make the theory test more accessible, especially to people with a:

  • Reading difficulty (like dyslexia)
  • Learning disability
  • Developmental condition (like autism)

This change will only apply to car theory tests to begin with.

How the theory test is changing to use video clips instead of written case studies

Currently, learners have to read a case study and then answer 5 questions about it. This is to test their knowledge and understanding of road rules. This will change from 14 April 2020. Then learners will watch one video clip instead of reading a case study, and answer 3 questions about it.

The clip can be watched many times as the learner would like during the multiple-choice part of the theory test.

What the video clip will look like

The video clip will show a situation, such as driving through a town centre, or driving on a country road. Examples of the types of questions asked 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 3 questions, there will be four possible answers.

Who this change will affect

All car theory tests will use video clips from 14 April 2020. This includes if:

  • Someone had failed a test before then and retake it from 14 April 2020
  • The original test is cancelled or moved for any reason, and your new test date is from 14 April 2020

What’s not changing

Learners will still need to study the same books and software to prepare for the theory test. They will 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 hazard perception part of the test is not changing. This is where learners watch video clips to spot developing hazards.

Tests that are not changing

The change does not yet apply to these types of theory tests:

  • Motorcycle
  • Lorry
  • Bus or coach
  • Approved driving instructor (ADI) part 1

Other support for people with a reading difficulty, disability or health condition

Learners can have reasonable adjustments made to their theory test if they have a:

  • Reading difficulty
  • Disability
  • Health condition

These adjustments include:

    • Extra time to take the test
    • Someone to read what’s on the screen and record the answers
    • Someone to reword the questions