Learner Driver News: Theory test set to change in 2020
February 19, 2020
Theory tests in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland are set to change from 14 April 2020.
It has been announced by the official Government website that the theory test will include 3 multiple-choice questions based on a short video.
What’s changing in the theory test in April 2020?
The current theory test requires you to read the details of a case study and then answer 5 questions related to it. These questions are designed to test both your knowledge and understanding of road rules.
However, from the 14th of April 2020, this is set to change. Instead, you’ll have to watch one video clip and answer 3 questions about what you have seen.
How it will work
The video clip will be short and silent, then you’ll have to answer 3 multiple-choice questions about it. You can replay the video as many times as you like during the multiple-choice part of the theory test.
According to www.gov.uk, the video will show a situation such as driving through a town centre or driving on a country road.
What will the new questions be?
According to the Government website, you’ll answer questions like:
- 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?
For each of the 3 questions, you’ll have to choose the correct answer from 4 possible answers.
What the screen will look like?
On the left side of the screen, you’ll have the video, with the option to play, pause, move to a specific part of the video and the option to change to full screen mode. On the right hand side of the screen will show a question and 4 possible answers.
See the image below to see a sample image from the gov website.
Please visit the government website with the full details of the upcoming changes to the theory test.
These new changes will hopefully make the theory test more accessible, especially to people with reading difficulties or learning disabilities.
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