The hazard perception part
hazard perception part of the test is also delivered on a computer, where you will be presented with a series of 14 video
clips which feature every day road scenes. It is designed to test your awareness of potential hazards whilst driving. In each
clip there will be at least one developing hazard, but one of the clips will feature two developing hazards and you must respond
by clicking a button on the mouse when you perceive the hazard developing.
Before you start this part of the test, you are offered a video tutorial explaining how the test
works. The tutorial can be run more than once if required.
the actual test, each clip will start in pause mode, so that candidates can familiarise themselves with the environment e.g.
rural road, single carriageway, dual carriageway or motorway. The clip will start playing automatically after 10 seconds.
You will then be asked to respond, by pressing the mouse button
as soon as you recognise a hazard developing, that may result in the driver having to take some action, for example changing
speed or direction.
the hazard is spotted and a response actioned by pressing the mouse button, the higher the score. Candidates
can score up to 5 marks on each hazard and there are 15 scoreable hazards.
To achieve a high score, you will need to respond to the developing hazard during the early part
of its development. The maximum you can score on each hazard is five.
You must score at least 44 out of a maximum of 75 points to pass this element of the test. Each video
will be displayed once and you cannot retake any of them.
You need to pass both the multiple choice question part and the hazard perception part in order to pass the complete
theory test. If you pass one part and fail the other, you will fail the whole test, and you will need to take both parts again.
Taking Your Theory Test If
You Have Special Needs
The Driving Standards
Agency (DSA) provides a number of facilities for those people with special requirements, these include foreign language voiceovers,
extra time, British Sign Language interpretation and translator assisted tests.
How do candidates with special requirements take the theory
facilities are available for candidates with special requirements. All of the facilities need to be requested at the time
Facilities for those whose first language is not English
If your first language is not English, or you can not read or understand written English well, you
can request a voiceover in one of 21 languages. A voiceover allows you to hear the theory test instructions and questions
through headphones. The questions will automatically be read out to you, you can hear the answer options by touching the text
on the screen. You can hear the questions as many times as you like, you simply need to touch the text of the question onscreen
These languages are:
Albanian, Arabic, Bengali, Cantonese, Dari, English,
Farsi, Gujarati, Hindi, Kashmiri, Kurdish, Mirpuri, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Pushto, Spanish, Tamil, Turkish, Urdu and
Translator assisted tests
If there is no voiceover provided in the language you require, you can request to
have a translator assisted theory test. The call centre agent should be able to tell you the names and contact details of
the relevant DSA approved translators. It is your responsibility to arrange a test date with the translator and to pay any
for those with reading difficulties
If you have dyslexia or other reading difficulties, you can ask for an English or Welsh voice over. You can also
request to have up to double time for the multiple choice part of the theory test. If you require more than the standard time
of 40 minutes for the multiple choice part you will need to send in evidence of your reading difficulty to the theory test
booking customer services.
Facilities for those with hearing difficulties
If you are deaf or have hearing difficulties, you can ask to take the theory test in British sign
language (BSL). The BSL interpretation will run alongside the standard test questions and answers. If you do not use BSL,
an interpreter can be taken into the test centre, this facility needs to be arranged through the theory test customer services
section. There is no extra fee for either facility.
(Thanks and acknowledgment to DSA for the above information)
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