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UK Theory Test

How to Book Driving Theory Test?

You cannot attend your practical driving test if you have not passed the theory test, and believe me, it’s a piece of cake if you know the hidden trick. But, booking a driving theory test in the UK comes before attending it, doesn’t it?

The theory test is all designed to make sure you have the necessary knowledge of road ruleshighway codes, and signs. So, it is compulsory to book a driving theory test in the UK and pass it before you go for the driving test.

Criteria’s For Booking your Theory Test

How much is a Theory Test?

You will need a valid debit or credit card to pay for the theory test. How much is a theory test? It costs around £23 for a car. However, fees may change, so it’s essential to check the latest fees on the official government website.


You must be at least 17 years old to book a car theory test. However, you can apply for the test up to three months before your 17th birthday if you want to take it shortly after turning 17.

To book a theory test, you must hold a valid provisional driving licence for the category of vehicle you are applying for (e.g., car, motorcycle). You can apply for a provisional licence when you are 15 years and 9 months old.

Choosing the Centre

You’ll need to choose a test centre where you want to take your theory test. There are many test centres across the UK, so select one that is convenient for you. You will have to visit the official website, choose the best suited centres among 150 locations around the United Kingdom.

Booking your Driving Theory Test in the UK

So the last step would be entering your required information (personal and financial) and to book your driving theory test online. You will need to submit the following information:

  • Provisional Driving Licence no.
  • Your email address
  • Bank account details (Debit or credit card) and pay the due amount which is £23.

Make sure you use this official website as there are lots of scammers who will charge you through their portals. You will not know this until your test date.

Can I Cancel my Driving Theory Test UK?

After booking your driving theory test in the UK, you can easily cancel this in case of an emergency or change in a schedule. Most of the time, candidates feel they are not prepared for attending the theory test because they lack confidence. First of all, we will recommend that you attend some practice theory tests. If you can pass this test, then there is no need to cancel your pre–booked slot.

However you can cancel your theory test through following steps:

  1. You must have created an account to book your test, and now you have to login to that account again.
  2. Now, you will see a button for “Manage Booking”, click on it.
  3. There will be an option to “cancel the test”, choose that and proceed.
  4. Follow the website, complete the steps and add necessary information (not difficult).
  5. After you’ve cancelled, you will receive a confirmation email on the email account you used to sign up.
  6. You will receive the refund of the charges within 10 working days.

Please note that in order to receive a full refund, you will have to cancel your test before 3 working days, or you will not receive the payment you paid. If you are not confident about your preparation, you should change the test centre and date details to postpone the test. Although there are no restrictions, you have to do so around 3 working days before. Sometimes it can cause problems.

Factors to Consider Before Booking a Theory Test

We have provided a great guide on this already. Around 56% of the total yearly candidates fail to secure the theory pass marks and fail to attend their driving test. So, there are some factors that you should consider before booking for driving theory test.

Allocate sufficient time to study and prepare for the theory test. This may involve reviewing the official study materials, taking practice tests, and seeking additional study resources if needed.

Make sure you understand the duration of the test, and other factors like what kind of that would it be? And how can you manage your time? Understand the format of the theory test. Different tests may include multiple-choice questions, hazard perception tests, or written exams. Be prepared for the specific format of your test.

It’s important that you understand the rule of failing your test. Although you can retake as much time you want, you will be restricted in days–gaps. If you fail your test the first time, you can retake it within 3 working days. Failing second and third time means you will have to wait for 10 days, and 3 months respectively for retaking the theory test in the UK.

You should be familiar with the passing marks as well. The pass rate for the driving theory test is around 44% and it is divided into two parts. First section contains 50 Multiple Choice Questions and you have to score 43 questions to pass. Second phase consists of Hazard’s identification in 14 videos. The sooner you identify the hazard, the more points you score. The total points are 75 and you have to secure 44 points. After you’ve passed your test, you will get your theory test certificate. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I book my theory test before I turn 17?

No, you can’t. The minimum age requirement for booking a theory test is 17 years. However, you can apply for a provisional driving licence before you turn 17.

Can you do a theory test online at home?

Yes you can attend your theory test online in the comfort of your home. But, it is necessary that you book your test, and have a strong internet connection.

Is it easy to pass a theory test?

The ease of passing a theory test depends on an individual’s preparation, knowledge, and understanding of the material. With adequate study and practice, many people find it manageable, but it is not inherently easy. Success requires a solid grasp of the subject matter, rules of the road, and hazard perception.