The Theory Test

You've done your CBT and want to go on to take the Practical Test but, before you can do so, there's a little matter of the Theory Test to get through. There are some exemptions from taking this test but, in all probability you'll have to do it.

The Test is taken at one of the Centres established for this purpose. You can apply in writing, over the phone or via the DSA's website. You'll need your Driver Licence Number and your Credit/Debit card to pay the fee (currently ?18.00). However, ASL pre-books appointments making this a lot easier for its pupils.

When you arrive for the test, you'll have to produce your licence and some form of identity such as, your passport or, the new style photo-card licence - basically, anything that contains your photo and signature. "You will be sat in front of a computer screen to, firstly, answer 35 questions based on the highway code, general road sense, motorcycles and motorcycling law. You must correctly answer at least 30 out of the 35 questions. Then you will be shown 14 short video clips of various road/traffic situations from which you must identify certain hazards which you perceive to be of possible danger. You must score at least 38 out of the possible maximum 75 points for this part of the Test"

What could be more simple? But it isn't as easy as it may seem and it requires some swotting up. First you have to know the Highway Code. Don't bother to book an appointment if you don't so, read and understand it first. A copy can be obtained from any large W. H. Smith's or any HM Stationery Office. Another recommended publication is a book issued by the Driving Standards Agenct (DSA) entitled "The Official Theory Test for Motorcyclists" which, again can be obtained from W. H. Smith's or from any HM Stationery Office.

You can also contact the DSA on 0115 901 2500 who, in return for some cash which they will take by credit card, will send you a disk that you can insert into a PC so that you can practice the first part of this Test as much as you like before taking it.