Theory Test

Theory Test

If you want to get your full licence, you will need to take a motorcycle theory test which is sat at a DVSA Theory Test Centre.

Unfortunately, your car theory test is not valid for the motorcycle tests, so a motorcycle theory and hazard perception Test must be completed before further training can commence. The test costs £23 and can be booked online here at the GOV.UK website, or by calling 0300 200 11 22.

You can find your nearest test centre here. 

You will need to take your driving licence with you. If you have an old-style paper licence, you will also need a valid passport. No other form of photographic identification will be accepted.

The theory test is in two parts: multiple-choice questions and a hazard perception test.

You do not need to have passed the theory test if you only wish to complete the CBT, but it can be beneficial if you are a provisional licence holder, or if you are looking to progress to a bigger bike in the near future.

Multiple Choice Questions

You have 57 minutes to answer 50 multiple-choice questions.

A question and several possible answers appear on a screen and you must select the right answer.

Some questions are given as a case study.

The case study will:

  • Show a short story that 5 questions will be based on
  • Be about a real life situation you could come across when driving

You have finished the multiple-choice questions part of the test when you’ve answered all of the questions. You don’t have to use the full 57 minutes.

The pass mark for the Multiple Choice Questions is 43 out of 50 (86%).

Hazard Perception Test

Before you start the hazard perception test, you’ll be shown a video about how it works. You’ll then watch 14 video clips. These clips will:

  • Feature everyday road scenes
  • Contain at least one ‘developing hazard’ – but one of the clips features 2 developing hazards

You get points for spotting the developing hazards as soon as they start to happen. A developing hazard is something that would cause you to take action, like changing speed or direction.

Example – A car is parked at the side of the road and isn’t doing anything. It wouldn’t cause you to take action, so it’s not a developing hazard. When you get closer, the car’s right-hand indicator starts to flash and it starts to move away. You’d need to slow down, so it’s now a developing hazard.

You can score up to 5 points for each developing hazard. To get a high score, click the mouse as soon as you see the hazard starting to develop. The pass mark for the Hazard Perception test is 44 out of 75.

Even if you hold a full car licence, we recommend that you study for the test. If you have any questions, please email or call the rider training team on 0131 478 6661 option 4.