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UK Driving Test Changes Announced by DVSA

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The global pandemic and subsequent lockdown have played havoc with many different industries and services across the country. Driving tests are no exception, and there is now a significant backlog of people waiting to take both their theory and practical tests.

Changes have been announced to the theory test, but as we suspected, these were always due to be implemented at some stage. 

Theory Test Changes

Originally, the DVSA had said it would make changes to the theory test in March 2020 but obviously this could not happen as no tests were taking place due to a countrywide lockdown. So, it is not unexpected but could catch out candidates who were previously revising the old test methods, will now find changes in place. However, the changes which came in on Monday, September the 28th are not massive in fact there is just one change so hopefully, it won’t cause much concern - we just like to keep our finger on the pulse here at Progress :-) 

Updated Testing 

The test has been changed in order to bring it more up to date and offer an improved and more realistic experience for all candidates. Previously, there was a case study within the multiple-choice questionnaire which was written out for candidates to read. To ensure a level playing field, the change is that this is being changed to a video clip of a scenario taking place on a road.

This eliminates any issues for candidates who may struggle to read longer passages of text.

Although this is a theory test it is also felt that showing video clips from a real road scenario offers a better learning experience. 
Previously, once the case study had been read the candidate was asked five questions. In this new and updated section; once the clip has been watched there will be three questions to answer and these will be multiple choice questions with four possible solutions.

In order to help prepare candidates, some sample possible questions have been released, and these include:
1.   Why are motorcyclists considered vulnerable road users?

2.   Why should the driver, on the side road, look out for motorcyclists at junctions?

3.   In this clip, who can cross the chevrons to overtake other vehicles, when it’s safe to do so?

Each of these questions will then offer four answers with one being correct. Overall the main format of the tests remains the same. There are a total of 50 multiple-choice questions. This new element does not change the required pass mark for the test and the theory knowledge overall remains the same. Candidates are still being tested in the same areas as they were before.   
Of course, all revision materials will be changed to reflect this update to the theory test so candidates heading towards theory testing in the future will be well prepared and will have seen very similar scenarios to those being shown at the real test. It is a very small change and it is not expected to cause many problems for anyone and should be seen as a positive update to the process of obtaining a full UK driving licence.

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