Theory and Hazard Perception Test

The test is divided into two sections; theory first followed by hazard perception.  You have 40 minutes to answer 50 questions in the theory test, to pass you must get at least 43 right.  The 40 minutes allowed is more than enough, most people zoom through the question in 10 to 15 minutes.

The questions have multi choice answers selected by clicking the correct box displayed on the computer screen. Some of the questions will need more than one answer so you may need to select more than one box.  Read the question carefully and then read each answer carefully, often there is an obvious wrong answer that can easily be eliminated.

The questions are all listed in the Official Guide to the Theory Test, which you can buy online. 

There are also many practice sites to help you gauge whether you are ready to take the test.  The DVSA provide practice tests at their Safe Drivign for Life Site.

There are about 1000 questions in the data bank, and your 50 will selected at random by the computer at the start of the test, some of the questions will be motorcycle related.

The level of the average question is not that high if you have done your home work. Most are highway code based, some are related to safety, and some are “common sense”.

However to make a database of questions large enough some of the questions can be obscure such as “What is the maximum permissible width of a motorcycle trailer” (1 metre).

It is also important to have clear in your own mind the difference between overall stopping distances and braking distances, muddling these up is an easy way to lose a few points.  Don’t be fooled into thinking that the questions are all based on areas you are familiar with as a rider or driver; you may get a question about trams.

Hazard Perception Test

This part of the test follows on from the theory test. The computer will play 14 one minute long computer generated clips (as above), the clips are very realistic, although the cyclists and pedestrians give it away that you’re in a ‘virtual’ world.

Of the fourteen video clips one clip will have two hazards making a total of fifteen hazards

You are required to click the mouse button at a point when you see a “developing hazard”

What does that mean ? The DVSA have set a point within the clip where they would expect you to have to brake or change direction to avoid the hazard.

If you click the mouse button at the right moment you will get 5 points. If you click to soon you will get no points, If you click a little late you will get 4, 3, 2, or 1 points depending on how slow you are.  Click too late and you will have missed it and will score 0 points.

Click too often and you will be accused of cheating, the same thing will happen if you click rhythmically in either case you score 0 points for that clip.

OK so this is not difficult, just easy to get wrong.  The pitfall that catches most people out is clicking too soon, you will see a situation on the video clip, anticipate what happens next, “click”, 0 points.  You must click when you would have to brake or change direction, clicking at the point you would get off the gas is almost always to soon.

Another pitfall it is easy to fall into is rhythmic clicking, why ? 

You have a long straight, parked on the off side just before a right hand bend is a car, the road is not wide, anything that comes around the corner is going to be a “hazard”.

Obvious, so “click”.  The video clip runs on and we have gone past the point when I would have been off the gas, so “click”, a driver gets out of parked car, “click”, driver opens passenger door and lets out children into the road, “click”, car comes around the corner towards me, “click”.

The result is 0 points for “rhythmic” clicking.

Just to clear up a common misconception, you only need to pass this if you want to take a Practical Motorcycle Test, you do not need this for a CBT.

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