Free Online Theory Test

Free Theory Test

Free Theory Test & Everything You Need To Know

Made up of some fifty multiple choice questions, the Driving Standards Agency theory test has questions that come with a list of possible answers and during the test you will have to select either the single correct answer or all of the answers that match the question. The test itself lasts for 57 minutes and in order to pass you need the pass mark is 86%. This means that you need to get at least 43 of the 50 questions correct.

The Exam

When you arrive at the test centre you will be shown a short video which will talk you through the details of the test. The DSA also gives you the chance to attempt a few practice questions – the test is done via a computer so that you are familiar the system.

Clicking through between questions is relatively straight forward. The touch screen lets you move between questions with the arrowed buttons at the bottom of the screen. Next you must select the correct answers by pressing on the screen next to the answer itself. This will highlight the answer in blue – so that you know it has been selected correctly – and if you realise you don’t actually want to select that answer you simply touch the button by the answer again and the blue highlight will disappear.

As some of the questions have more than one correct answer the computer will tell you when you have selected enough answers. Red text will flash in the top left hand corner of the screen telling you that you haven’t selected enough answers if you try to move on before the question is complete. If you try to move on again – without picking an extra answer – the computer will let you move on but the question will be recorded as unfinished.

You are able to go back to questions, as long as you have time remaining, and you can flag up any that you want to come back to. There is a review screen which when pressed will let you go back over every question from the beginning or you can go directly to the questions that you have either flagged or that the computer has realised are incomplete. The review screen is also used to end the test, but the test will automatically finish if you come to the end of your 57 minutes – the remainder of your time allowance will be visible at the right hand side of your monitor – up at the top.

Our Tips

Make sure that use the review screen to check that you have attempted all the questions as there is little point in leaving a question unanswered or missing out on points because you have only given one answer to a question that requires more. Check that you have 50 completed questions even if you feel ready to end the test early.

Like any exam you have ever taken it is important to check your answers. If you get to the end and you still have time left then go back through as many questions as you can to check that you haven’t made any obvious mistakes.

After The Test

When you have finished the multiple-choice test you will be given a 3 minute break before you take the hazard perception video test. The DSA will tell you your score for both the hazard perception test and the multiple-choice. They do not tell you the exact questions you got wrong or which hazards you missed. You may find it useful to check online afterwards to see if you can work out for yourself which questions you might not have got correct.

Should You Fail The Theory Test

If the worst happens and you fail the test, you will be able to re-take it. You will need to wait three working days before the DSA will let you re-book a test. In the meantime there are plenty of practice questions and mini-tests that you can use to get you ready for your next attempt.

There are 50 driving theory test questions below, the pass mark is 43 and the test should be completed in 57 minutes or less. Once you have completed the theory test, click on "Submit Answers for Grading" to get your results.

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1 -
The meaning of the sign illustrated on the right is:
  • Pay and display parking
  • No stopping
  • Parking restricted to permit holders
  • No Parking
2 -
The meaning of the sign illustrated on the right is:
  • Loose chippings
  • Quarry ahead
  • Falling or fallen rocks
  • Falling snowballs
3 -
Using the rear view mirror to hang objects on can:
  • Restrict your view
  • Make you a more careful driver
  • Give you a better view
  • Help your concentration
4 -
An MOT certificate is normally valid for:
  • 10,000 miles
  • 30,000 miles
  • Three years after the date it was issued
  • One year after the date it was issued
5 -
A vehicle with a green flashing light is a:
  • Fire engine
  • Road maintenance vehicle
  • Ambulance
  • Doctor's car
6 -
You are approaching a bend at speed. You should begin to brake:
  • On the bend
  • After the bend
  • After changing gears
  • Before the bend
7 -
The use of the horn in a built-up area is prohibited at what times?
  • Between 8pm and 8am
  • Between dusk and dawn
  • Between dusk and 8am
  • Between 11.30pm and 7am
8 -
There are no speed limit signs on the road. How is a 30mph limit indicated?
  • By hazard warning lines
  • By street lighting
  • By double yellow lines
  • By pedestrian islands
9 -
What causes most skids?
  • Worn tyres
  • Driver error
  • Bad weather
  • Pedestrians
10 -
The driver in front has not cancelled the right indicator. Should you:
  • Flash your lights to alert the driver
  • Sound your horn before overtaking
  • Ignore it and overtake anyway
  • Stay behind and not overtake
11 -
Who has priority at an unmarked crossroads?
  • The faster vehicle
  • The smaller vehicle
  • The larger vehicle
  • No one has priority
12 -
The meaning of the sign illustrated on the right is:
  • No parking
  • Minimum speed limit
  • Urban clearway
  • Crossroads
13 -
The meaning of the sign illustrated on the right is:
  • Give way to traffic on major road
  • Stop
  • Stop and give way
  • Pedestrians crossing
14 -
A pedestrian with a white stick and red band is:
  • Entitled to the right of way
  • Deaf only
  • Blind only
  • Deaf and blind
15 -
You are following a vehicle on a wet road. You should leave a gap of at least:
  • One second
  • Two seconds
  • Three seconds
  • Four seconds
16 -
On a windy day, how is it safest to overtake a cyclist?
  • Overtake very closely
  • Overtake quickly
  • Sound your horn repeatedly
  • Allow extra room
17 -
Why should you make sure that you have cancelled your indicators after turning?
  • To avoid flattening the battery
  • To avoid misleading other road users
  • To avoid dazzling other road users
  • To avoid damage to the indicator relay
18 -
You should use front fog lights ONLY when:
  • You think its safer
  • Visibility is seriously reduced
  • Daylight is fading
  • Driving after midnight
19 -
You are at the scene of an accident. Someone is suffering from shock. You should:
  • Tell them to pull themselves together
  • Keep them warm
  • Offer them a warm drink
  • Offer them a cigarette
20 -
When using an emergency telephone on the motorway should you:
  • Make sure someone else is with you
  • Face the oncoming traffic
  • Keep your back to the traffic
  • Stand on the hard shoulder
21 -
How can you, as a driver, help the environment?
  • By reducing your speed
  • By using leaded fuel
  • By driving faster
  • By harsh acceleration
22 -
Apart from pedestrians, who else should you be aware of at a toucan crossing?
  • Oncoming traffic
  • Buses pulling out
  • Trams crossing in front
  • Cyclists riding across
23 -
Red routes in major cities have been introduced to:
  • Allow lorries to load more freely
  • Raise the speed limits
  • Help the traffic flow
  • Provide better parking
24 -
The meaning of the sign illustrated on the right is:
  • Motorway closed
  • End of motorway
  • Start of motorway
  • Motorway services
25 -
The meaning of the sign illustrated on the right is:
  • Bend in the road
  • Give way
  • No left turn
  • Left turn ahead
26 -
Single carriageway roads have a speed limit of:
  • 50 mph
  • 60 mph
  • 40 mph
  • No speed limit
27 -
Your car needs an MOT certificate. If you drive without one this could invalidate your:
  • Road tax disc
  • Insurance
  • Vehicle registration document
  • Vehicle service record
28 -
SORN is a Statutory Off Road Notification. It is valid for how long?
  • For the life of the vehicle
  • Until the next MOT
  • For 12 months only
  • Until the vehicle warranty expires
29 -
What are triangular road signs for?
  • To give orders
  • To give information
  • To give directions
  • To give warnings
30 -
Mouth to mouth resuscitation should be stopped when:
  • You think the casualty is dead
  • The casualty can breathe without help
  • The casualty has turned blue
  • You hear the ambulance arriving
31 -
Immediately after joining a motorway you should:
  • Keep in the left lane to get used to the speed
  • Move to the centre lane
  • Try to overtake
  • Re-adjust your mirrors
32 -
Trailers must be securely hitched to the towing vehicle. The trailer braking system can be made even safer by fitting what?
  • Warning lights
  • Jockey wheel
  • Corner steadies
  • Breakaway cable
33 -
You want to turn right at a junction but you think your indicators cannot be seen clearly. What should you do?
  • Stay in the left-hand lane
  • Keep well over to the right
  • Give an arm signal as well as an indicator signal
  • Get out and check if your indicators can be seen
34 -
Mobile phones can ONLY be used when?
  • Receiving a call
  • Suitably parked
  • Driving at less than 30 mph
  • There is an emergency
35 -
You are about to drive home but you cant find the glasses you need to wear. You should:
  • Drive home slowly, keeping to quiet roads
  • Find a way getting home without driving
  • Borrow a friends glasses and use those
  • Drive home at night so that the lights will help you
36 -
The meaning of the sign illustrated on the right is:
  • Wild animals
  • Wild horses or ponies
  • Accompanied horses or ponies
  • Horse riding school
37 -
The meaning of the sign illustrated on the right is:
  • Steep hill downwards
  • Steep hill upwards
  • Height limit
  • 20mph speed limit
38 -
Tram rails cause most problems for which vehicles?
  • Four-wheel drive cars
  • Cycles
  • Buses
  • Lorries
39 -
You are on a narrow road at night. A slow moving vehicle ahead has been signalling right for some time. What should you do?
  • Flash your headlights before overtaking
  • Signal right and sound your horn
  • Wait for the signal to be cancelled before overtaking
  • Overtake on the left
40 -
Tyres will raise your fuel consumption if they are:
  • Under-inflated
  • Bought at different times
  • Over-inflated
  • New and hardly used
41 -
You should contact the licensing authority when:
  • Your job status is changed
  • You go abroad on holiday
  • You change your name
  • Your job involves travelling abroad
42 -
A four-wheel drive vehicle mainly improves:
  • Road holding
  • Fuel consumption
  • Stopping distances
  • Hesitant driving
43 -
You must take extra care when driving near trams because?
  • They may stop suddenly to recharge the batteries
  • Of their speed and silent approach
  • You must not drive over the rails
  • They are automatic and have no driver
44 -
On a dual carriageway, a vehicle with an amber flashing light is?
  • An ambulance
  • A police car
  • A doctor on call
  • A disabled person's vehicle
45 -
The lowest gear in a motor car is:
  • 1st Gear
  • 2nd Gear
  • Neutral
  • Reverse Gear
46 -
The only time you should not check your mirrors is, just before:
  • Turning left
  • Turning right
  • Emergency stop
  • Turning at a roundabout
47 -
When are motorcyclists particularly at risk from other road users?
  • In the dark
  • On dual carriageways
  • When approaching junctions
  • On motorways
48 -
The meaning of the sign illustrated on the right is:
  • Water across the road
  • Single lane bridge ahead
  • Uneven road surface
  • Slippery road ahead
49 -
The meaning of the sign illustrated on the right is:
  • Traffic signals ahead
  • Traffic signals not in use
  • Ignore traffic signals
  • Temporary traffic lights
50 -
You are carrying two 9-year-olds and their parents in your car. Who is responsible for seeing that the children wear seat belts?
  • The children
  • The front-seat passenger
  • The children's parents
  • You, the driver
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