Driving Test – Theory & Practical Tests

The Theory Explained

 The theory test and practical test are the main obstacles that most learners spend a lot of time worrying about, so understanding the two tests is important.  When you take your automatic driving lessons you will learn all the skills you need to become a ‘safe driver for life’ and be taught everything you need to pass the tests.  Paul’s Automatic Driving School in Basingstoke will help and advice you how to revise for you theory test and teach you practical skills for passing the practical test.

50 Multiple Choice Questions

The multiple choose part of the test consists of 50 questions on a range of subjects relating to driving and road safety, there may also be a few on first aid.  You must get at lest 43 questions correct to pass the test.

Practicing for this test is absolutely essential in order to have a good chance in passing the test.  

Paul’s Automatic Driving School students can now receive discounted online theory test training provided by Driving Test Success. The latest and best rated theory test training available.  Available for a charge to non driving school pupils.

Hazard Perception 

The hazard perception part of the test involves watching a series of 14 video clips and trying to spot the hazards.  The earlier you spot the hazards the more you will score. 

It is strongly recommended that you practice your hazard perception before taking the test.


Book Your Theory Test

You can book your theory test online or by telephone, please make sure you have your provisional license to hand when making or changing a test booking of any kind.

You can phone the automated booking line on 0300 300 1122.  The lines are normally open between 8am and 12pm.



Do not use 3rd party booking sites as they will charge you a fee, it is free to book on the official booking site.

Your Local Test Centre

If you live in Basingstoke the local theory test centre is in Reading, there are others to choose from at alternative locations, such as Andover and Aldershot.


Practice for your theory and hazard perception test using one of the best online tools there is.  You can choose to subscribe for various amounts of time depending on your requirements.

Practical Driving Test

The day of your practical driving test will be one of the most important dates in your diary ever!  Passing your driving test will be a day for you to remember!   You can only book your practical test once you have passed your theory test.  Make sure that before you attempt the practical driving test you have had enough driving lessons from an instructor.

About the pratical driving test

The driving test is conducted by a DSA Driving Examiner.  Your driving test will last for about 45 minutes, during the test you will need to demonstrate that you can drive safely, obey the rules of the road and can reverse and drive independently.  If you have already taken a driving test and failed or are suffering from last minute nerves make sure you follow everything your instructor has taught you and stay calm – never give up!

You will also need to answer a ‘tell me’ question at the start of the test and a ‘show me’ question that is asked at a safe point during your test – whilst you are moving.


Preparing for your test

To help you to prepare for your driving test Paul’s Automatic Driving School will teach you everything you need to know, but not only that – ‘how to be a safe driver for life’.  You will be taught the full DVSA syllabus.  That means all roads, junctions, manouvers and skills that a good driver needs to know.  In addition to your automatic driving lessons it recommended that you use the software recommended by the driving school – Driving Test Success Anytime.  Driving Test Success Anytime is packed with online videos, tutorials  and advice not only for the theory test, but also the practical test.

Book Your Practical Test

You can book your practical test online or by telephone, please make sure you have your provisional license to hand when making or changing a test booking of any kind.

Do not use the unofficial booking sites that you will commonly find online, it is recommended that you use the offical DVSA Test Booking Site.

Your Local Test Centre

Your local Practical Driving Test Centre in Basingstoke is:

Brighton Hill Centre
RG22 4LR