DSA to Stop Publishing Questions Used in Theory Tests
It was announced this week that the Driving Standards Agency is to stop publishing the multiple choice questions and answers used in theory tests.
The idea behind the change is to help to ensure new drivers learn the principles behind driving theory rather than just learning answers.
This announcement follows the introduction of independent driving into the driving test and the DSA’s decision to stop publishing test routes in October 2010.
Again, it’s been done to make sure the test assesses a learner’s ability to drive and not their capacity to memorise routes.
What the officials say:
Road Safety Minister, Mike Penning, said: “The driving theory test should help to prepare drivers for real life on the road – good driving is not just about vehicle-handling skills, but also about having the knowledge and understanding of safe driving theory.
“No longer publishing these questions and answers will mean that successful candidates will have to understand the theory rather than simply memorising answers.
“I believe that this – along with the other changes we are making to the driving test regime – will lead to better drivers and safer roads.”
So when will this change take effect?
In September 2011 the DSA will change the format of books and other learning materials available to help people prepare for theory tests. This will take place at the same time as more challenging case studies are introduced to car and motorcycle theory tests.
From 1 January 2012, the DSA will create theory tests using questions which will not be published.
Practice questions and answers, not used in theory tests, will still be available to help candidates with revision.
If you have any questions surrounding these changes don’t hesitate to ask your driving instructor or send us a message via our official RED Driving School facebook page.