Learn to Drive Northampton, The Theory Driving Test

Designed to improve safety

Within the first two years of passing your driving test you're more vulnerable on today's busy roads than more experienced drivers. As many as 1 in 5 newly qualified drivers has an accident in the first year, with the highest risk being faced by 17 to 25 year olds.

The Theory Test and the new hazard perception test are designed to boost your skills so that you're less likely to be involved in an accident.

Research shows that just three hours of hazard perception training can significantly reduce the accident rate of an inexperienced driver.

What's in the New Driver Theory Test?

The theory test comes in two parts; multiple-choice section and a hazard perception section. You have to pass both parts of the test at the same session to pass your theory test.

Both tests are computer based and samples of the theory test are available to practice prior to taking the test.

When to take the New Driver Theory Test?

You don't need to pass your theory test before you can start driving lessons. In fact, it's a good idea to learn the theory while you are learning the practical side of driving, making it easier to understand and remember. However, you do have to pass your theory test before you can book the practical driving test.

Where are the Theory Test Centre's?

The location for the New Driver Theory test depends on the region selected. However for the county of Northamptonshire all theory driving tests are carried out at the Northampton DSA test centre.

Driver Theory Test; What to expect

When you attend the DSA test centre, remember to take your provisional driving licence with you and some other proof of identity that shows your name, photograph and signature. Your booking letter will give details of the correct forms of ID. When you arrive you'll need to register at the reception desk. You'll then be allocated a booth in which there will be a computer loaded with the test.