The United Kingdom driving test is a test of competence that UK residents take in order to obtain a full Great Britain or Northern Ireland (car) driving licence or to add additional full entitlements to an existing one.
Legislation for compulsory testing was introduced for all new drivers with the Road Traffic Act 1934.
First the theory test and then, within 2 years of passing this, the practical test.
The theory test is made up of two parts, both of which differ according to the type of vehicle licence the candidate is pursuing: Candidates have two years from the date that they passed the first part of their theory test to take their practical test, or they will have to pass both parts of the theory test once again before they can book a practical test.
This part of the theory test is performed on a computer system.
The test has 50 multiple choice questions and the candidate must answer at least 43 of them correctly to pass.
Unless one is converting a foreign licence, it is necessary to have passed both components of the theory test before sitting this exam.
The test candidate must produce their provisional licence for the examiner before the test starts.The practical car test can be taken in either a manual or an automatic car; if the test is passed in an automatic car, then the full licence granted will be restricted to automatic cars.The practical motorcycle test is split into 2 separate modules - the off-road module and the on-road module.All questions are randomly selected from a bank of just under one thousand on a selection of topics.The test lasts for 57 minutes although candidates with certain special needs can apply for more time. The test allows 15 minutes practice time at the start of the exam to get used to answering the questions and how to use the system.To answer a question the candidate simply touches their choice of answer from the listed answers on the computer screen.