About the Tests

How Your Theory Test works

Additional to your practical training, our driving instructors at Hull Driving School, prepare you for the theory test which every learner needs to pass. You'll also receive valuable tips and information. The theory test is designed to help teach you to 'read the road' and is divided into two parts:


Once you pass your theory test, your certificate lasts for up to 2 years. Should you not have passed your practical test in that time period then the theory will need to be re-taken.

Naturally we want you to pass first time so at Hull Driving School, we offer you the opportunity to practice this test in the comfort of your own home. Visit our pupil page where we have a practice test programme for you to use to ensure that you have the best possible chance for a first time pass for your theory.

  • The theory is a multiple-choice test comprising of 50 questions covering all aspects of the Highway Code.  The pass mark is 43
  • The Hazard Perception Test consisting of a series of vide clips of actual road hazards that need to be identified.  The pass mark is 44

How Your Practical Test Works

Your driving test will start with an eyesight check and some vehicle safety questions. The driving part of your test will last about 40 minutes. Throughout the test your examiner will be looking for an overall safe standard of driving, including when you are carrying out the set exercises. You can make up to 15 driving faults and still pass the test (16 or more results in failure). However, if you commit one serious or dangerous fault you will fail the test.

Once you have passed your theory test, your instructor will advise you when you are ready for you practical test.

The practical driving test is designed to see if you:

  • can drive safely in different road and traffic conditions

  • know the rules of the road, i.e traffic signs, speed limits etc.

As long as you show the standard required, you’ will pass your driving test.


Top 10 things to Look Out For

  • Look carefully to judge when best to come out of side roads

  • Use the controls correctly and demonstrate good observation when reverse parking

  • Use the mirrors effectively long before you change direction or slow down

  • Use the controls correctly and demonstrate good observation when reversing round a corner

  • Use signals correctly, including how to cancel them and not give misleading ones

  • Move away correctly from stationary positions, including good observation

  • Use the correct road position, particularly on bends, and show good lane discipline on roundabouts

  • Have good steering control, when making left or right turns for example

  • Get in the correct position when turning right

  • Don't hesitate or cause delay. Always pull out promptly at junctions.


If you have taken lessons previously or even failed a test before don't worry we can help. Our instructors will give you an assessment lesson to find out exactly what you need to work on to get up to test standard.

Booking Your Driving Test


When you book your test you'll need:

  • Your provisional driving licence

  • Your theory test certificate number

  • A debit or credit card for payment

  • Your preferred dates and times for the test

  • Details of any special requirements such as an interpreter

You can cancel your test for any reason, but you'll need to give ten working days' notice to keep your fee. The practical test can be rearranged up to three times before it's automatically refunded.

Remember to make sure your instructor is available on the day, and let them know when you get your test appointment letter.

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