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What are the theory test changes in 2020?

So you want to find out what all the theory test changes are that are coming into effect on the 14th of April 2020 and how will it affect you.

The DVSA emailed us today and informed us that the theory test is going to change in April. They said from the 14th of April 2020 they will be updating part of the car theory test to make it more realistic and improve the accessibility for candidates that might have a reading difficulty, learning difficulty or a developmental condition like autism.

Whilst writing this blog (25-02-2020), the car driving theory test requires you to answer 50 multiple-choice questions and you have 57 minutes to answer them.

How the current theory test works

A question and several possible answers will be shown to you on a computer screen. You have to select the correct answer by clicking on your choice and then move on to the next question.

One of the questions will be a case study which will be shown to you as a story and you will have to answer 5 questions based on watch you see. The case study stories will be based on real life scenario situations you may come across whist driving a car.

So what are the changes to the car theory test I hear you ask?

The changes will include the case study question being replaced by a silent video clip which you can watch over and over again and you will have to answer 3 questions on the video clip rather than 5 questions which on the old theory test case study.

Here is the YouTube channel from the DVSA that has an example of the new video clips for which you will have to answer 3 multiple questions.

Everything still stays the same and nothing else will be changing. These changes will apply to car theory tests only at the moment. You will still have to score 43/50 on the theory test questions to pass the multiple choice section of the test within 57 minutes.

The price of the theory test is not changing. It will remain £23 (25-02-2020). If you fail your theory test you can resit as many times as you like, but I strongly advise you to study the books and software available from the DVSA before taking your theory test, as this will help you pass.

It's exactly like learning to drive, take driving lessons from an approved driving instructor from the DVSA otherwise you could fail your driving test and then will have to find driving test cancellations.

You can practice you theory test questions for free on the DVSA website and take a look at what questions look like. I would remind you that you will have to buy the official learning material from the DVSA which also can be found when you practice your theory test for free with the DVSA. There are other places that have their own material but why go elsewhere when you can get it from the horses mouth.

Frequently Asked Questions That People Also Ask

Can I rearrange my driving theory test?

Answer: Yes you can rearrange you U.K driving theory test as long as you give the DVSA 3 clear working days notice. You can change it online or call the DVSA on 0300 200 1122.

How do I change my theory test?

Answer: You can change you theory test in two easy ways. The first way would be to go online and change it with the DVSA. Or the second easiest way to change your theory test would be over the telephone on 0300 200 1122.

What happens if I miss my theory test?

If you miss your theory test then you will lose the £23 fee that you had paid to book your theory test. This will mean you will have to book your theory test again and pay the fee again and make sure you don't miss it again.

Where can I officially book my theory test?

There is only one official place where you can book your theory test and it is on the DVSA website. There are other websites out there that will charge you more to book the theory test on your behalf.


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