Driving test to be changed from the end of September

The DVSA is to bring in changes to the car driving theory test from Monday, September 28.

Changes were originally due to be made in March but were delayed because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The updated part of the test is designed to make it more realistic and improve accessibility for all candidates.

Video clip scenarios will replace the written case study within the multiple-choice part of the current theory test. Candidates will be asked three questions based on the short video clip.

Currently, you have to read a case study and then answer 5 questions about it.

After watching a clip you’ll now answer questions such as:

  1. Why are motorcyclists considered vulnerable road users?
  2. Why should the driver, on the side road, look out for motorcyclists at junctions?
  3. In this clip, who can cross the chevrons to overtake other vehicles, when it’s safe to do so?

For each of the thre questions, you’ll have to choose the correct answer from 4 possible answers.

Candidates will still:

  • be asked 50 multiple-choice questions in total
  • need to get the same pass mark
  • be tested on the same content

The full set of updated official learning materials is available from the Safe Driving for Life website, where learners can also practice with the free video clips.

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