English for the UK Driving Theory Test

Are you a non-native speaker of English? Are you finding it difficult to prepare for your driving theory test? Help is at hand!
UK Driving Theory Test English Lessons

English for the UK Driving Theory Test Course

Are you a non-native speaker of English? Are you finding it difficult to prepare for your driving theory test? Help is at hand!

Whether you speak English quite fluently or have recently arrived in the UK with a basic level of English, preparing for the UK theory test can prove to be difficult for some people.

One of the reasons is that the type of vocabulary used in the test is very specific to driving and you may not have been exposed to it in your everyday English conversations. There are over 700 questions in the official question bank so you must have a wide range of knowledge!

The good news is that there are only a limited amount of questions or vocabulary that are used for driving tests and so it is possible to learn these words and structures easily with the right practice.

What is the UK Driving Theory Test?

The Theory Test is designed to test your driving knowledge and hazard perception skills and is the first step in becoming a full UK driving licence holder. You will need to pass this before you can book your Practical Driving Test.

What will you be tested on?

Multiple-choice questions

You have 57 minutes to answer 50 multiple-choice questions.

Before the test starts you’ll get:

  • instructions on how the test works
  • the chance to do some practice questions to get used to the screens

Hazard perception test

Before you start the hazard perception test, you’ll be shown a video about how it works.

You’ll then watch 14 video clips. The clips feature everyday road scenes that contain at least one ‘developing hazard’ – but one of the clips features 2 developing hazards.

You get points for spotting the developing hazards as soon as they start to happen.

When can I take my Theory test after arriving in the UK?

You must have lived in England, Wales or Scotland for at least 185 days in the last 12 months before the day you take your theory or driving test.

What score do I need to pass the test?

The Theory Test pass mark is 86%, so you’ll need to answer 43 out of 50 multiple choice questions correctly to pass.

The questions will cover topics that include alertness, attitude, safety, road signs, and much more.

The Hazard Perception pass mark is 44 out of 75.

You must score a pass in both sections of the Driving Theory Test to pass the overall test.

Does the Driving Theory Test Expire?

Yes. The theory test certificate is currently valid for 2 years.

What does our English course cover?

Our Driving Test Curriculum covers all of the vocabulary and grammar structures that are used in the Theory Test.

The course covers the following topics:

  • Car parts, functions of the parts (gear changing, steering, indicating).
  • Measurements (speeds, stopping distances, visibility).
  • Road signposts: types, colours, shapes.
  • Road markings/ systems, crossings.
  • Types of roads, speed limits, junctions, roundabouts.
  • Verbs related to driving/common terms.
  • Manoeuvres (parking, reversing, hill start)
  • Using the sat-nav and following directions.
  • Traffic lights, roadworks, police hand signals.
  • Driving conditions. (weather)
  • Show me/tell me questions (vehicle safety checks)-Hazards-Breakdowns, accidents, and emergencies.
Course Facts 
Course start datesPlease get in touch with us
Course duration4 weeks
English levelIntermediate
Total Class hours20
Hours per week5
Minimum age18 years
Class size10 Maximum
CoursebookMaterials are provided as part of the course


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