Car theory tests set for major upgrade this April – what is changing and why?

Car theory tests set for major upgrade this April – what is changing and why?

The changes are just the latest in a series of updates in a bid to make the test more accessible for motorists.

Previous updates included the option of taking the test alongside a pre-recorded voiceover or having specially trained DVSA staff reading questions to participants.

In order to achieve as wide a benefit to road users, the DVSA have worked alongside three major groups.

The National Autistic Society, the British Dyslexic Association and the British Deaf Association all helped work on the project to ensure the test was appropriate to those who need added support.

John Rogers, spokesman for Disability Driving Instructors said: “A picture paints a thousand words, especially for candidates with special educational needs.

“Having to go back and forth between the text in the written scenario and the written questions and answers was a big obstacle to understanding what was required.

“Video scenarios should prove much easier to follow and the questions will hopefully appear more relevant.”

The changes will only be introduced for the car theory test and no updates are currently planned for the motorcycle, lorry and bus driving exams.

What kinds of questions will be asked on the new theory test?

The DVSA has released a set of example questions participants could face when taking the new theory test.

For each question, participants will need to choose which is the correct answer from four possibilities.

Questions could ask questions related to basic driving theory or could use the clip as a reference tool to consider the consequences of certain actions.

. Why are motorcyclists considered vulnerable road users?
. Why should the driver, on the side road, look out for motorcyclists at junctions?
. In this clip, who can cross the chevrons to overtake other vehicles, when it’s safe to do so?

Published at Tue, 18 Feb 2020 15:02:00 +0000