Better testing for better drivers

THE driving theory test no longer uses pre-published questions in a move to stop candidates from learning answers by memory.

Until now all the questions used in the driving theory test have been published.

The changes, which came into force on January 23, mean that learner drivers and riders gain a better understanding of driving theory, because they can no longer rely on simply learning which options are correct for individual questions.

Road Safety Minister Mike Penning said: “By bringing a stop to publication of theory test questions we aim to encourage candidates to prepare by learning each topic area thoroughly rather than just memorising the questions and answers. The intention is to improve candidates’ knowledge and understanding of driving theory, so that they are more able to retain and apply it when they are on the road.”

The familiar theory test books and software still offer revision questions for candidates to test themselves and assess their progress.

“They now also have exercises so learners can practice applying their knowledge on each topic to case studies,” adds Mike Penning.

“There are also new sections of revision support for motorcyclists and a free e-book for car drivers. “The agency has also launched its first iPhone apps for theory test revision, which also help candidates to study and monitor their progress at their convenience as they approach their test date. These are available from the iTunes Store.”