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How to book your driving theory test

Booking a driving theory test in the UK is an essential step in obtaining your full driving licence. The theory test is designed to assess your knowledge of the Highway Code, road signs and rules of the road. This article will guide you through the process of booking your driving theory test in the UK.

Step 1: Check Your Eligibility

Before you book your theory test, you must ensure that you meet the eligibility criteria. To be eligible, you must hold a valid UK provisional driving licence.

You can apply for your provisional licence before you turn 17 however, you have to wait until you’re 17 years old to take the theory test.

If you haven’t got your provisional licence yet then you can follow our helpful guide on applying for a licence.

 

Step 2: Choose Your Test Centre

You can take your driving theory test at any of the 150 test centres across the UK. You can find your nearest test centre by visiting the official government website. You will be asked to enter your postcode, and the website will provide you with a list of test centres in your area.

 

Step 3: Book Your Test

Once you have chosen your test centre, you can book your driving theory test online through the government website. You will need to provide:

  • your provisional driving licence number
  • your email address
  • a debit or credit card to pay the test fee of £23

During the booking process you will be given the option to select your preferred date and time for the test.

Beware of unofficial third-party websites that charge to book the test for you. Ensure you’re using the .gov.uk website. Some sites will charge as much as £50 or more for something that you can do yourself for FREE within a few minutes.

Step 4: Prepare for Your Test

After booking your test, it is essential to prepare for it. The driving theory test consists of two parts: the multiple-choice section and the hazard perception section. The multiple-choice section consists of 50 questions, and you must score at least 43 to pass. The hazard perception section consists of 14 video clips, and you must score at least 44 out of 75 to pass.

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How do I change my driving theory test appointment?

You can change your driving theory test appointment online at https://www.gov.uk/change-theory-test. This service allows you to change your test centre as well as move the date of your test.

It’s important to note that changes must be made at least 3 working days before your test date to avoid making another payment. Sundays and public holidays are not considered working days. However, if you’re dealing with an illness or injury and can provide medical evidence, or if you’re dealing with a bereavement or your test appointment clashes with a school exam, you may rebook your test at no extra charge. Please note that in these instances, you won’t be issued with a refund.

How do I cancel my theory test appointment?

To cancel your driving theory test appointment, you can follow these steps:

  1. Visit the official website of the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) at https://www.gov.uk/cancel-theory-test
  2. Log in to your account using the credentials you used to book your original test.
  3. Navigate to the “Manage your booking” section and select “Cancel test.”
  4. Follow the instructions to confirm the cancellation of your test appointment.
  5. You will receive an email confirming that your test has been cancelled and any fees paid will be refunded to you within 10 working days.

If you are unable to cancel your appointment online, you can call DVSA customer support on 0300 200 1122 from Monday to Friday, 8 am to 4 pm. Note that you must cancel your test at least 3 clear working days before the test date to receive a full refund. If you cancel within 3 working days of the test date, you will not receive a refund.

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