Driving theory tests are changing in April 2020

The adaptations will come across England, Scotland and Wales in an attempt to make the test more accessible especially to people with reading difficulties (such as dyslexia), a learning disability or a developmental condition (such as autism) .

The changes will take effect on April 14. Credit: Shutterstock
The changes will take effect on April 14. Credit: Shutterstock

Currently, people are required to read a case study and answer five questions about it that test your knowledge and understanding of the rules of the road.

From April 14, you’ll be watching a video instead of reading a case study and answering three questions about it.

The clip will be short and silent and three multiple choice questions will follow. It was pointed out that you can watch the video, answer one question, and then watch the video again before answering the next question.

An example clip is available here.

Questions will be answered on the back of a video. Credit: YouTube / Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency
Questions will be answered on the back of a video. Credit: YouTube / Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency

You will then answer questions that will be similar to:

  1. Why are motorcyclists considered vulnerable road users?
  2. Why should the driver on the side road look for motorcyclists at intersections?
  3. In this clip, who can cross the gallons to get past other vehicles, when is it safe to do so?

For each question you will have to choose the correct answer from four possible answers.

If you fail the test before April 14 and re-book it after that date, you will have to take the updated exam. The same applies if the test is canceled or moved for any reason to a later or later date than April 14, 2020.

Mark Winn, chief examiner at the helm of DVSA, said: “Being able to drive can change lives and DVSA is committed to helping everyone access the opportunities that driving can offer.

“We worked closely with road safety experts and students to create a theoretical test that tests a candidate’s knowledge of the rules of the road and is more accessible.”

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