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The Hazard Perception Test

Theory Test Posted on Sat, February 18, 2012 15:05:19

The Hazard Perception Test (HPT) is the second part to the theory test and is just as important to practice as the theory questions.

Here’s how it works…

You will be presented with 14 video clips of real driving situations. Each clip will last for 30 seconds and during that time a number of hazards will appear on the screen. When you observe a hazard you need to register the observation by clicking the mouse button. This will tell the computer that you have seen the hazard. The sooner you click the mouse button the better your score will be. Scoring starts at 5 then 4… 3… 2… 1… & finally 0 for those hazards you respond too late to or miss completely.

13 of the clips will score you on a single hazard and in 1 of the clips you will be scored on 2 hazards. Therefore you will be scored on a total of 15 hazards each with a maximum score of 5.

15×5=75 points maximum score

The pass mark is 44 out of 75.

Thinking of cheating….. Think again!

If you were thinking that you could just sit there clicking the mouse button and hope that you click at the right moment, then think again. The software used to register your clicks is clever and will detect you clicking too often or in a rythmic pattern and score you a 0 for that clip! So be warned you can’t cheat the system.

Practice is always the best way. There are a number of training tools available at very reasonable prices.

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Changes to the Theory Test

Theory Test Posted on Mon, February 06, 2012 22:25:46

You may have read in the press or heard rumours that the
theory test is changing. Here is clarification of what is changing.

From 23rd of January 2012 the DSA will no longer
be publishing the questions for the theory test. Therefore you will no longer
be able to practice the exact questions that appear in the test. This change is
designed to stop candidates learning the questions by heart.

The DSA will be publishing Mock test questions and many of these
will be available to practice with via training media and websites.

You can view the Mini Drive test questions here.

The test will still consist of 50 multiple choice questions
You are still required to get 43/50 to pass the question part
You will still have to get 44/75 to pass the hazard perception


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Road Signs

Theory Test Posted on Tue, January 17, 2012 10:32:32

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When I ask many students at the end of a lesson how the theory study is going the answer is usually “alright”. Drilling down a little further can reveal that the student is ok with most parts but finds some areas a challenge. 2 of the most popular are Road Signs and Motorways.

The theory test is made up of sections. For example road signs and motorways are 2 sections, but there are hazard perception questions, rules of the road questions, as well as vulnerable road users, first aid and vehicle documentation questions to name but a few. The theory test is made up of a number of questions drawn from each section so it only takes a weakness in 2 of those sections and you can find yourself struggling to pass.

Road Signs.

The first thing to learn with road signs is the shapes and their meaning.

*Triangular road signs are warning signs.

*Round road signs give orders and instructions – Round Blue signs give positive instructions i.e. things you must do. Round signs with a red ring around the edge are negative instructions i.e. things you must not do.

*Square road signs are for information.

When faced with a road sign question “what does this sign mean?” first ask yourself what type of sign it is. Warning, Order, Information. Then look at the answers and discount any answers that don’t match the shape.

For example the sign above is a warning sign for a Pedestrian Crossing Ahead. Looking at the answers you may have the following:

A: No Pedestrians
B: No Walking
C: Pedestrian Crossing
D: School Crossing ahead

Based on the shape theory, answers A and B are wrong because they are orders. So it’s a decision between C and D and because it is a large person between 2 dotted lines it makes more sense to be a pedestrian crossing than a school crossing. So through a process of elimination we find the answer.

There are many study guides out there to help with Theory practice and they don’t cost the earth.

Theory Test Success is the most popular and, in my professional opinion, the best value for money. It allows you to practice specific sections of the test and explains each answer.

For road signs get this book it has them all with explanations. Know Your road Signs