The Driver and Vehicle Standards Authority (DVSA) has announced an update to the car theory test, with a focus on making the test more appropriate for people with disabilities.
Originally meant to be updated in April, the DVSA pushed back the update due to coronavirus. However, from September 28, changes to the car theory test to make it more accessible will be introduced.
The key change is replacing a case study followed by five questions with a short, silent video clip, which is then answered with three multiple-choice questions. This video clip can be watched an unlimited amount of times.
The video clip, an example of which can be seen here, will show a particular driving situation, which you’ll then ask questions on, such as ‘in this clip, who can cross the chevrons to overtake other vehicles, when it’s safe to do so?’.
The DVSA said it has made the changes to make the test more accessible, especially for people with a reading difficulty, learning disability or developmental condition (autism, for example). The changes currently only apply to those taking a car theory test.
Aside from this new scenario, though, the rest of the theory test will stay the same, including 50 multiple-choice questions, of which 43 must be scored to pass, as well as the hazard perception.
The first step to getting a driving licence, the theory test has to be passed before you can book the main driving test. Both aspects of the test have now restarted following coronavirus restrictions being lifted.