New rule for car theory tests coming this month and how it will affect you

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The new car theory system is designed to be more fair for everyone – including those with learning disabilities.

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) said the changes will come into effect on September 28 for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

To pass the test you would usually have to answer 50 multiple-choice questions within 57 minutes, followed by a hazard perception test.

Currently, part of the Q&A is a case study which has to be answered, and five questions have to be answered based on the rules of the road.

But from September 28 there will be a big change for new learners, especially those who find reading hard.

You will be asked to watch a short, silent video clip instead of the case study, as reported by the Daily Mirror.

Those taking the test will then have to answer three multiple-choice questions.

Learners can watch the video clip as many times as they like during the multiple-choice part of the theory test.

The video clip will be a situation, such as driving through a town centre or country road.

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You’ll then answer questions such as the following:

  • Why are motorcyclists considered vulnerable road users?
  • Why should the driver, on the side road, look out for motorcyclists at junctions?
  • In this clip, who can cross the chevrons to overtake other vehicles, when it’s safe to do so?

You’ll still need to study the same books and software to prepare for the test.

There will still be 50 multiple-choice questions, of which you have to get 43 correct.

The hazard perception part is also staying the same.

The change will not apply to motorcycle, lorry, bus or coach or approved driving instructor (ADI) part 1 theory tests.

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