New Car theory test from April 2020

From 14 April 2020, driving theory test for car driver will include 3 multiple-choice questions based on a short video you’ll watch.

The adjustments will be coming in across England, Scotland and Wales in a bid to make the test more accessible especially to people with a reading difficulty (such as dyslexia), a learning disability or a developmental condition (like autism).

Currently, during the theory test, a candidate has to read a case study and then answer five questions about it. This tests the participant’s knowledge and understanding of road rules. In the new system from April 14, a candidate will watch one video clip instead of reading a case study and answer three questions about it.

You can watch the short and silent video clip as many times as you like during the multiple-choice part of the theory test.

The change will apply in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Example video

What’s not changing

You’ll still need to study the same books and software to prepare for your theory test.

You’ll 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 you 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

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