Changes to the Driving Theory Test in April 2020

Are you preparing your students for the latest changes to the car theory test which will be coming into force in April 2020?

Currently, students have to answer 50 questions in total in a total of 57 minutes, with 5 of them revolving around a “case-study”. However in the new tests your students will be asked to watch a short, silent video clip instead and will be asked three questions based on the video. During these questions the video clip will appear on the left hand side with controls to play or pause and move the video, as well as to watch it full screen.

The video clip will be of a typical driving situation, perhaps through a town or down a country lane, in a similar vein to the current hazard perception videos However, instead of being asked to click when you spot a hazard, your students will be asked questions on what they saw, for instance:

  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

Your students will have four possible answers to choose from.

The aim behind the test is to make the theory test more accessible, especially to people with reading difficulties such as dyslexia, learning disabilities and other development difficulties such as autism.

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