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Driving Theory Tests Are Changing In April 2020

 

The adjustments will be coming in across England, Scotland and Wales in a bid to make the test more accessible especially to people with a reading difficulty (such as dyslexia), a learning disability or a developmental condition (like autism).

The changes will come in place on 14 April. Credit: Shutterstock
The changes will come in place on 14 April. Credit: Shutterstock

Currently, people are required to read a case study and answer five questions about it which tests your knowledge and understanding of road rules.

From 14 April you will instead watch one video clip instead of reading a case study and then answer three questions about it.

The clip will be short and silent and three multiple-choice questions about it will follow. It has been pointed out that you can watch the video, answer a question and then watch the video again before answering the next question.

An example clip can be found here.

The questions will be answered off the back of a video clip. Credit: YouTube/Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency
The questions will be answered off the back of a video clip. Credit: YouTube/Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency

You will then answer questions that will be something like:

  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?

For each question you will have to choose the correct answer from four possible answers.

If you fail your test before 14 April and re-book it after that date, you will sit the updated exam. The same applies if your test is cancelled or moved for any reason to a date that is on or after 14 April 2020.

DVSA chief driving examiner Mark Winn said: “Being able to drive can be life-changing and the DVSA is committed to helping everyone access the opportunities driving can offer.

“We have worked closely with road safety experts and learners to create a theory test which fully tests a candidate’s knowledge of the rules of the road and is more accessible.”


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