Happy 20th Birthday UK Theory Test!
Yes, July 2016 marks the month of the UK theory test’s creation. So today’s blog post will be about how the theory test works and how it has changed over the years. We hope you enjoy reading this blog and have a great day.
Started off easy…
Learners in the early stages of the UK theory test arguably ‘had it easy’, as the test was fairly simple to pass. There was no hazard perception, no computer-based testing or any of the tasks that you will have to face if you take the test today. Learners, back then, simply had to answer a set of questions that were theory-related and chosen by the examiner. Yes, that was it. This was all set to change two decades ago, as in July 1996, the new theory test was introduced.
Safety improvements;
Although you might look back and wonder why the test has been changed so dramatically, to the point where it is much harder to pass, we also must acknowledge that this is a good thing for driving safety. The new and improved driving theory test has meant that the number of accidents on the road today have been reduced. Experts say that this is largely with thanks to the hazard perception test, which teaches learners important skills in reliability, concentration and effective driving.
So, how has the test changed over time?
Here’s a brief timeline to show you the biggest changes to the theory test over the last 20 years.
– Pre-1996
Examiner asked theory-based questions moments before the practical test
– 1996
Early stage of theory test as we know it today was introduced, with 35 theory-based questions. The pass mark was a mere 26 out of 35.
– 2000
Computer-based testing introduced
– 2001
Learners were able to book the UK theory test online
– 2002
Hazard perception introduced as part of the test
– 2007
Number of theory test questions rose to 50 and the pass mark increased to 43 out of 50
– 2015
Hazard perception part of the test is enhanced, with new computer-generated clips for a more modern touch.
– 2016
We expect that the theory test will continue to change and encourage more efficient driving behaviour in the future.
As you can see, the driving theory test has evolved dramatically over time. If you have any questions about the current UK theory test or would like to know more about the support Arrow Driving Academy offer, please do not hesitate to get in touch via our Contact Page at http://www.arrowdrivingacademy.co.uk/contact-us.