Explanation of your Motorcycle Theory Test

The Theory Test takes about an hour to complete, and you need to have passed it in order to be able to take your Motorcycle Test.  Tests are held at DVSA Theory Test Centre's from Monday to Saturday.   

The Theory Test is made up of 50 multiple choice and 14 Hazard Perception clips. You must get at least 44 of the questions right and score over 60% on the Hazard Perception to pass. The Hazard Perception has one hazard per clip, with one clip having two hazards.  The questions come almost word for word from DVSA related sources such as the Highway Code and The DVSA's Motorcycling Manual - The Essential Skills.

If you have waited two years since taking your Restricted Licence (A1 or A2) you don't need to have a valid Theory Test (this is Progressive Access), but if it is less than two years since taking your test and you're now 24 years old then you will need a valid motorcycle Theory Test.

Things to bring with or consider:

  • You must bring glasses or contact lenses if you wear them and your UK driving licence (with passport if it is an old paper licence).
  • To practice for the test we recommend a DVD-ROM, particularly the ones published by Focus.
  • The Theory Test can be taken in English or Welsh without using an interpreter.
  • You can ask for an English or Welsh voiceover if you have reading difficulties.  A voiceover lets you hear the theory test instructions and questions through headphones. You can hear the questions and possible answers as many times as you like.
  • You can also ask for more time to do the multiple-choice questions part of the theory test.  You must send proof to the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) that you have a reading difficulty. The proof could be an email or letter from a teacher or other educational professional, or a doctor or medical professional.
  • If you’re deaf or have a hearing impairment you can take the theory test in British Sign Language (BSL) The BSL interpretation runs alongside the standard test questions and answers.  You can take an interpreter with you if you don’t use BSL. Contact DVSA to arrange this. You won’t be charged an extra fee.
  • You can contact DVSA to discuss any other disability or health condition before you book your test.
  • For enquiries about the test you can contact: customercare@pearson.com
  • For enquiries about hearing support you can contact: hearingsupport@pearson.com
  • Telephone: 0300 200 1122