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Motorcycle Theory Test

Book here. Costs £23 Book a theory test
or Tel: 0300 200 11 22 to book by phone.

Not needed for CBT but required to take a full test. This is a computer based test run by the government at locations throughout the UK. Everyone wanting a full bike licence must have a motorcycle theory test pass - regardless of other tests taken.

Your theory test will consist of two elements:

  • Theory:
    • Get at least 43 out of 50 on multiple choice questions based on highway code and rider safety. Some will be text only questions, some will have graphics or pictures.
  • Hazard perception:
    • 14 video clips of traffic situations are played. You must click the mouse when you see a hazard emerging. On at least one clip there will be two hazards..

To achieve a high score you'll need to respond to the developing hazard during the early part of its development. The maximum you can score on each hazard is five. You won't be able to review your answers to the hazard perception test; as on the road, you'll only have one chance to respond to the developing hazard.

The pass mark for the car and motorcycle hazard perception part of the theory test is 44 out of 75

Theory test is an external exam and not part of the CAM Rider courses - you can book it via Book a theory test or call 0300 200 11 22 Don’t worry as it’s not too tricky if you spend a little time revising.

You do not need a theory test to take CBT, but you will need it to be able to take your final practical riding test. Camrider asks that you take your theory test at least 10 working days before your Module 1 test date to allow time to reschedule your practical tests if you fail your theory. You can practice the theory test using the computers at some of our training sites!

You can also use our online Theory Test Practice to have a go with the real DSA example questions

How long it takes to get a theory test appointment

DSA aims to give you a theory test appointment within two weeks of your preferred date and time. However, you might have a shorter or longer wait depending on where and when you take your test.

Taking your theory test if you have special needs

When you book your theory test you should say if you have any special needs. This is so DSA can make reasonable adjustments for your test. Find out what you need to tell DSA about if you have special needs from the link below.

The multiple-choice part

Before the test starts you'll be given instructions on how it works.

You can choose to do a practice session of multiple-choice questions to get used to the layout of the test. At the end of the practice session the real test will begin.

How the multiple-choice part works

A question and several possible answers will appear on a computer screen - you have to select the correct answer. Some questions may need more than one answer.
You can move between questions and 'flag' questions that you want to come back to later in the test.
Some car and motorcycle questions will be given as a case study. The case study will:

  • show a short story that five questions will be based on
  • focus on real life examples and experiences that you could come across when driving

Multiple-choice test types

Category Time allowed Pass mark
Motorcycle 57 minutes 43 out of 50

The hazard perception part

Before you start the hazard perception part, you'll be shown a short video clip about how it works. You'll then be shown a series of video clips on a computer screen. The clips:

  • feature everyday road scenes
  • contain at least one developing hazard - but one of the clips will feature two developing hazards

A developing hazard is something that may result in you having to take some action, such as changing speed or direction.

How the hazard perception scoring works

The earlier you notice a developing hazard and make a response, the higher you will score. The most you can score for each developing hazard is five points. To get a high score you need to:

  • respond to the developing hazard during the early part of its development
  • press the mouse button as soon as you see a hazard developing

You won't be able to review your answers to the hazard perception test.

If you click continuously or in a pattern during a clip a message will appear at the end. It will tell you that you have scored zero for that particular clip.

How the hazard perception scoring works

Think of a parked car on the side of the road. When you first see it, it isn't doing anything - it's just a parked car. If you respond at this point, you wouldn't score any marks, but you wouldn't lose any marks.

The difference between a potential and developing hazard

When you get closer to the car, you notice that its right-hand indicator starts to flash. This would make you think that the driver of the car is going to move away. The hazard is now developing and a response at this point would score marks.

The indicator coming on is a sign that the car has changed from a potential hazard into a developing hazard. When you get closer to the car, you'll probably see it start to move away from the side of the road. You should make another response at this point.

Hazard perception test types

Category Video Clips Developing hazards Pass mark
Motorcycle 14 clips 15 44 out of 75

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