Theory Test Pass Marks and Pass Rates

Preparing for your first Driving Theory Test? Find out how much you need to score, what the current Theory Test pass mark is, and how you can achieve that first time pass!

The Theory Test pass mark is 86%, so you’ll need to answer 43 out of 50 multiple choice questions correctly to pass.

The questions will cover topics that include alertness, attitude, safety, road signs, and much more.

There are over 700 questions in the official question bank so you must have a wide range of knowledge!

The Hazard Perception pass mark is 44 out of 75.

You must score a pass in both sections of the Driving Theory Test to pass the overall test.

97% pass rate with our Driving Theory Test 4 in 1 App

Did you know that 97% of learners who use our Driving Theory Test 4 in 1 App, and complete learner plan in full, go on to pass their Theory Test? Now compare that to the current national pass rate of just 44%, then why wouldn’t you revise with the UK’s No.1 Theory Test app.

But don’t forget about our Pass Guarantee too! We’re so confident that after completing our learner, you’ll have all the knowledge you need to walk out of the test centre with a pass. But if for any reason you do fail, we’ll refund you £23 for your Theory Test fee for a free resit on us!

Get the Driving Theory Test 4 in 1 App today for just £4.99 to ensure you have the best possible chance to pass the first time.

What is the current Driving Theory Test pass rate in the UK?

For learner car drivers between April 2022 and ending March 2023, the pass rate was just 44.2%…that’s the lowest yearly pass rate in the published series.

Theory Test Pass Rate  
2013/14 51.6%
2014/15 51.0%
2015/16 49.2%
2016/17 48.7%
2017/18 48.7%
2018/19 47.3%
2019/20 47.1%
2020/21 55.7%
2021/22 50.1%
2022/23 44.2%

How do pass rates vary by gender?

In 2022/23, there were 1,335,069 Theory Tests taken by males and 1,095,366 by females, totalling a staggering 2,430,435 Theory Tests over the 12 month period.

Out of the 1,335,069 tests taken by males, 573,059 resulted in a pass, bringing the pass rate to just 42.9%.

When comparing to females,  of the 1,095,366 Theory Tests that were taken, 501,713 resulted in a pass, bringing the pass pass rate to 45.8%.

So why is the pass rate so low? Our experience shows it’s mainly due to learners not being fully prepared. But when you consider a resit is £23, plus the cost of the original fail; bringing the booking fee up to £46 and that’s without taking into consideration the cost to get to the test centre, and your wasted time.

Our top 6 tips to pass your Driving Theory Test first time:

  1. Download the Driving Theory Test 4 in 1 App for just £4.99.
  2. Sign up to the free Pass Guarantee and revise as much as possible for the months and weeks leading up to your test, but don’t cram hours in at a time – instead, try to split your revision into more manageable chunks. Our Driving Theory Test 4 in 1 app contains everything you will ever need to make sure you’re as prepared as possible, and we’ve written a perfect driving Theory Test revision plan to help you on your way!
  3. Complete the Learner Plan in full (there is a lot of information to cover, but it will be worth it we promise!).
  4. Don’t book your DVSA Theory Test until you are consistently and confidently passing each full mock test with a high score. Completing one mock test isn’t enough; we’d recommend you pass at least 5 mock tests consecutively with some time left over!
  5. Don’t book your test until you have seen (and correctly answered!) 100% of the licensed DVSA Theory Test revision questions; all of which can be found in our app. And remember if you have your test coming up and you don’t feel ready, you can always change the date with the DVSA until you feel you’re better prepared.
  6. Understand why you’re sitting the test. It’s not just a hurdle in the way of you booking your Practical Driving Test; it is vital information which will make you a safer, more informed driver. Everything you learn will be needed once you hit the road, so take your time and see the true value in your Theory Test revision.

Get the Driving Theory Test 4 in 1 App today for just £4.99 to ensure you have the best possible chance to pass the first time!

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