The theory test is the first roadblock on your journey to becoming a fully-fledged driver. Unfortunately, unless you pass the theory test, your journey ends right here, right now. If you do fail the theory test, you are free to take the test as many times as you like until you score a pass, but this is an expensive strategy, so it is a much better idea to try and pass first time. Here are some tips to help you.
Practice with Mock Tests
Mock tests are the best way to practice your theory before you take the test. Taking a free driving theory practice test will help you get used to the style of questions you can expect to face on test day. It will also test your knowledge of the Highway Code.
Read the Book
You will need a copy of the Highway Code before you start revising for the theory test. This contains everything you need to pass the test, so read it from cover to cover and then go back and start all over again. The same information is also available on other media, including apps and DVDs, to make use of all of them.
Plenty of Revision Time
Don’t wait until the night before your theory test to start learning the Highway Code. This is much too late. Your brain won’t retain the necessary information and you may as well not bother.
Look for Hazards
Driving practice is a great way to get used to hazards on the road. You will need to be good at identifying potential hazards such as bicycles, tractors, pedestrians trying to cross the road, and loose animals. Use your practice sessions as a chance to spot hazards. You can also make a game of hazard spotting when you go out in cars as a passenger.
Ask People to Test You
Ask friends and family to test your theory knowledge. Since they want you to pass, it shouldn’t be too much of a hassle. Give them the Highway Code book and ask them to pick out random topics. This will help you identify areas where you need to improve.
Stay Relaxed on the Day
Tests can be nerve wracking, but try to stay as relaxed as possible on test day. The more nervous you are, the harder it will be to think of the right answers. If nerves do get the better of you, breathe deeply and count to ten until the feeling fades.
Arrive at the Test Centre Nice and Early
Arriving late is not the best way to go. You should aim to arrive at least 30 minutes before the test starts, so check where the test centre is and take the level of traffic into account when planning your journey. You will be given a short time to familiarise yourself with the touch screen before the test begins, so use this time effectively.
If you are unlucky enough to fail the theory test, think about where you went wrong and fill in your knowledge gaps before you retake the test.