With driving lessons and practical tests still suspended in some parts of the UK, now is a great time for learners to brush up on their theory.
If you’re hoping to take your theory test soon, or are simply an experienced driver wanting to brush up on your knowledge, the Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) is currently offering free mock theory tests online.
What kind of tests are on offer?
The DVSA is offering separate mock theory tests for car drivers, motorcyclists, lorry drivers and bus or coach drivers. You can also access a free hazard perception test, during which you’ll watch up to three videos with the aim of spotting hazards.
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The car driver and motorcyclist tests have 50 multiple choice questions, matching the number you’d have to answer in a real life test.
Similarly, the lorry driver and bus or coach driver tests have 100 questions each, as in the real exam.
This means you only have to take a mock test once to mimic a real exam, though you’re able to take the tests as many times as you want for practice.
Each test will take up to an hour to complete. You’ll still need to take a test in real life, but as official mock tests, these are great practice for the exam.
You can access the tests at this link.
When will driving tests and exams resume?
By early August, driving theory tests will have resumed in all parts of the UK, with Wales being the last country to restart exams, on 3 August.
Driving tests will take a little longer to resume in some parts of the UK, however.
England has recently allowed practical driving tests to resume, but in Wales these will not be resuming until mid August. In Scotland and Northern Ireland, there has been no word as of yet on when practical driving tests will resume.
Driving lessons are just beginning to resume in England and Wales, but Scotland is yet to announce when lessons will be able to resume. Driving lessons have been permitted in Northern Ireland since early July.
What measures will be in place to protect me in exams?
The DVSA has introduced several measures to keep people safe while taking theory and practical driving tests. These include:
-Floor markings to keep people two metres apart
-Providing hand sanitiser
-Spacing out chairs from other test takers
-Staff wearing face coverings and reception desks behind glass.
To help with social distancing, you will be asked to come into the test centre alone. You should also wear a face covering throughout your test, unless you have a medical exemption which means you can’t wear one.
The measures in place during driving lessons will depend on your instructor, but most will likely ask you to wear a mask throughout the lesson.