How To Pass Your Driving Theory First Time

15 Oct


A lot of hard work goes into gaining a driving licence. It takes time and effort and you have to pass two official tests to get it: the theory test comes first, followed by the practical driving test. To be allowed to take your practical test, you need proof of having passed the theory test, so it can be frustrating for those whose driving is at test standard but who are prevented from progressing because they have yet to pass the theory test. There are plenty of things that can make it likelier that you will pass the theory test on your first attempt.

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Know yourself

We all have different ways of learning, with some people preferring peace and quiet while others prefer to have background noise. Some students like to write things out to help them to remember them, while others like to say things out loud. Whatever you know about your preferred learning style, try to replicate your optimal conditions for learning. You will also probably have a best time of day to study; are you a lark or an owl? If you know you can arrange a time for an hour of revision, try to arrange it for when you are at your most alert.

Get all the help you can

There is an abundance of study materials for the theory test, including a CD-ROM released by the Driving Standards Agency, which features tips and practice tests, including the hazard perception part of the theory test. It is probably worth investing in one of these CDs, although there is a lot of material available online or you could ask someone who has recently passed their test if they will lend, give or sell you their disc. Additionally, there are many apps available for download to a mobile phone or tablet, which will allow you to study when you find yourself with an unexpected five minutes free. Little and often is a formula for success as far as studying is concerned. And, of course, get a copy of The Highway Code, which is now available as a download as well as in paper form.

Put your theory into practice

Studies show, time after time, that applying a theory to its practical application makes it both easier to understand and easier to remember. Discuss issues that arise from your studies when you go for your next driving lesson. For example, if you find that you have a gap in your knowledge when you do a practice test, tell your instructor, who will explain the issue further and give you a way to put it into use. Making this kind of link between what you see on the road and what you are trying to learn will make you a better driver, allowing you to make well-reasoned choices during the test. Try to do this as often as you can. If you have access to a family car, try to spend some time driving it in between lessons and bear in mind any theory that you have studied recently. Of course, you should only do this if  you are covered by learner driver insurance or you could get into serious trouble with the police.

While different methods of studying and applying theory to practical situations are both excellent ways to boost your learning, there is no substitute for putting in as much effort as possible. Hours of swotting for your test are hours well spent and when you pass your theory test on your first attempt, you’ll be glad you spent them so productively.

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Date posted: October 15, 2013