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Driving Theory Test

Top Tips For Passing Your Theory Test in London and Essex

The theory test in East London is a computer-based test and consists of two parts: multiple choice and hazard perception. You must pass both parts at the same time.
If you fail one part, you will have to take the whole test again. You must pass the theory test before you are allowed to book your driving test.

Do Your Homework

1. The Driving Test Success All Tests CD – buy, beg, borrow this CD !it covers all you need to know for both the theory and hazard perception parts of the test. All the test questions in their exact form are on this disc, so revising with this CD means you'll be familiar with all the questions and answers. You can purchase the Driving Test Success All Tests disk from ROADRUNNER office, so give us a call.

2. Take a minimum of 10 driving lessons in East London with a ROADRUNNER instructor before attempting the theory test so you are familiar with being on the road and can apply what you are learning to practical situations and can recognise hazards.

About the Multiple Choice Test

The pass mark is 43 out of 50 and the time allowed to complete the test is 57 minutes. Some questions may ask for two or more correct answers from a selection of four.

i) Read every question very carefully. Read every answer very carefully. Don't skip words, don't jump to conclusions and don't assume the question says something it doesn't.
ii) Initially, answer those questions that you can do easily. Flag the ones you are not sure about, and then go back to the flagged questions. Often, other questions will help you remember the correct answer.

iii) Adopt the following method to help you choose the correct answer:

  • Two answers will be a distracter.
  • One answer could be correct under in some circumstances.
  • One answer will be correct under all circumstances. (If two correct answers are required then two questions will be correct under all circumstances).
  • Answer all the questions.
  • You should have ten minutes or so to spare at the end of the test. Use this time to re-read your questions and answers – you may spot mistakes that you have made.

Take a three minute break before attempting the next part of the examination. You are allowed this break and you need this time to focus your mind for the next test.

The Hazard Perception Test

The pass mark is 44 out of 75. There are 15 scorable hazards – 13 clips containing one scoreable hazard and one clip contains two. You can score up to 5 marks for each hazard depending on how quickly you identify it.

i) Anything that could cause a driver to slow down, change direction or stop is a hazard. The HPT is only concerned with developing hazards, e.g. a pedestrian about to cross the road, a car coming out from a junction on the left, a stationary car getting ready to pull out, a van turning right across traffic, a green traffic light that changes as you approach it, roadwork’s. Click the mouse button as soon as you spot the hazard.

ii.) To achieve a high score you must press for all hazards you spot AND any time something moves, be it vehicle or pedestrian.
iii) You should be OK with several clicks per hazard as long as you don't click rhythmically. Making several clicks per hazard is important, because even if the first one is "too early", the others will be noted within the "scoring window".

iv) Don't overanalyse the clip, just click if you see any hazards and then click again but don't click rhythmically. Some drivers tend to see the hazard too early and click before the official "scoring window" opens, thus scoring nothing. That is why we recommend two clicks per hazard.

 v) Practice, practice, practice with the DSA Hazard Perception DVD until you are perfect. You can buy this disk from the ROADRUNNER office.



Pracitcal Driving Test - Hints and Tips

Hints and Tips for your Practical test

Great tips for passing your Driving Test - The First Time (yes!)

To pass your driving test you need to drive without making any major (dangerous or serious) faults and no more than 15 minor faults during a drive of about 40 to 45 minutes. You may also be asked carry out an emergency stop and must also complete at least 2 manoeuvres.

Getting started

 1. Pin up a map of the area of your test centre and mark the test routes. Mark difficult areas; such as one-way streets, busy junctions, major and double mini roundabouts, so that you are aware and ready for them on approach, rather than having to deal with them as if they have come out of nowhere. Practice over the test routes with a professional driving instructor from ROADRUNNER.

Driving Test Centres (address & pass rates) and Driving Test Routes in Wanstead, Chingford, Loughton, Barking, Goodmayes, Hornchurch, Tilbury or the test centre where you have booked your test. Source: Driving Standards Agency (DSA). As an alternative to a conventional map, you can use Windows or Google Live Maps to locate your test centre; many areas are covered by close-up "bird-eye view" photographs, so you can see every roundabout, pelican crossing and box junction on the surrounding roads. You can mark difficult areas on Live Maps using virtual pushpins.

2. Practice manoeuvres until you can carry them out without any minor faults. That will leave you with a margin of 15 faults for the rest of the drive on the day of your test.

3. Practice, practice, and practice until you can drive without verbal or physical intervention from your driving instructor for the duration of a full driving lesson or a mock driving test. Don't forget: practice makes perfect so practice with a DSA APPROVED DRIVING INSTRUCTOR from ROADRUNNER.

On the day of your test

a) Warm up: Arrange to have 1 or 2 hour driving lesson around the area of the test centre on the day of your test. This will help you to warm up and get into the swing of things. You will also be aware of any new roadwork’s, obstructions and anything else on the roads and will feel more able to deal with them more easily.

b) Nerves: you may feel nervous (most people do). This is natural, in order to avoid this, practice taking some deep breaths. Once you position yourself in the driving seat, get comfortable and start driving, you will see your nerves will cool down.

c) Be confident: Talk to yourself – silently! – Through the test. Talk about hazards that you can see  coming up  and how you are going to deal with them. This will help you focus your mind and the way you should be driving to pass your test.

d) If you don’t understand : If you don't understand what the examiner says to you , don't be afraid to ask him or her to repeat the instruction.

e) Be positive: Before you start a manoeuvre, repeat to yourself three times – silently – "this is easy". Try to be positive at all times.surely you can do it!(you have done this many times)

f) Mistakes: If you feel you have made a mistake on a manoeuvre, just move forwards and do it again correctly. As long as you haven't done anything wrong, such as mounting the kerb or forgetting to make the correct observations, you will pass.

g) If you Stall the engine: if, unfortunately, you stall the engine, deal with it correctly and drive on. As long as you don't stall in a dangerous position, such as on a roundabout and as long as you handle it correctly, this needn't count as a major fault and you will pass your test.

h) Have I failed the test? If you feel you've made a mistake, don't  assume you've failed the test – it may only be a minor fault. Put it behind you and carry on driving as best as you can.

i) Concentrate on the road: Do not  look at the examiner to see  what he or she is writing. You will not be able to deduce anything anyway. Keep your concentration on your driving and the road ahead!
Do you need more help or advice?Please feel free to call ROADRUNNER on 020 8472 9395 and one of the instructors will call you back.

Top 10 Reasons For Failing The Driving Test

Reported by the Driving Standards Agency 

1. Observation at junctions -ineffective observation and judgement
2. Reverse parking – ineffective observation and/or a lack of accuracy

3. Use of mirrors – not checking or not acting on information

4. Reversing round a corner – ineffective observation or lack of accuracy

5. Incorrect use of signals – not cancelling or giving misleading signals.

6. Moving away safely – ineffective observations

7. Incorrect positioning on the road - particularly at roundabouts or on bends

8. Lack of steering control – steering too early or too late

9. Incorrect position to turn right – at junctions and/or in one-way streets

10. Inappropriate speed – travelling too slowly or with too much hesitation


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