Motorcycle Theory Test
Since September 2007 you will be asked to answer 50 multiple choice questions, followed by a test of your hazard perception skills. You will need to pass both parts of the theory test at the same sitting to obtain your theory test pass certificate. The test is done on a computer.
What is the multiple choice part of the test?
This part consists of 50 multiple choice questions covering a wide range of driving topics. By touching the screen, you select an answer, or answers, from the selection shown. To pass you must answer 43 or more questions correctly in 57 minutes.
You have the option of working through a practice session lasting up to 15 minutes to get used to the system before starting the actual test.
This test is straightforward, as long as you've studied , you should be able to pass without too much of a problem.
How does the hazard perception part work?
After a break of up to three minutes, the hazard perception part will start. You will be shown a tutorial video first. This uses sample footage with a sound track (headphones supplied), which will explain how to complete this part of the test. You may repeat the tutorial once more if you wish.
The test consists of 14 video clips, each lasting about one minute. The clips feature various types of hazards, such as vehicles, pedestrians and road conditions. You should respond by pressing a mouse button as soon as you see a hazard developing that may result in the driver having to take some action, such as changing speed or direction. The earlier the developing hazard is spotted, and a response made, the higher the score.
Candidates can score up to five marks on each hazard and the test contains 15 scoreable hazards, so one of the clips will have two scoreable hazards. The pass mark for this part of the test is 44 out of 75 for car drivers and motorcycle riders.
Your trainer will help you with techniques for spotting hazards, but one the best ways to prepare for this part of the test is to develop your skills through experience. Take advantage when travelling as a passenger in a car or bus, to sit at the front and constantly scan the road ahead for hazards and observe how they develop.
When you receive your booking confirmation in the post, DSA will enclose a DVD, explaining how the theory test works and a particularly useful section on the hazard perception part that is worth watching a few times.
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