Test Pass Marks & Rates

If you are preparing to take a theory test, it could be helpful to know what the pass mark is and how much the test costs.

At the time of writing, the pass mark is 86%. This means you will need to get 43 out of 50 multiple choice questions correct. Please note, the percentage is subject to change.

What Type of Questions are Asked?

The 50 questions typically cover the following subjects:

  • Alertness
  • Attitude
  • Road signs
  • Safety

With more than 700 different questions devised by the DVSA, it’s helpful if you know a lot about driving on the UK’s roads. Of course, you will only be asked 50 questions, but there’s no way of knowing which questions will come up.

An Overall Pass

The pass mark for the Hazard Perception test is 59%. This means you need to get 44 out of the 75 questions correct. Please note, the percentage is subject to change.

In order to achieve a test pass, you must pass the Hazard Perception Test .

The UK’s Theory Test Pass Rate

The latest statistics that we have on the theory test pass rate is that 47.7% of people pass the test. This, unfortunately, means that more than half of those who take the test do not pass it.

The percentage of pass rates have declined slightly in recent years, with a small increase in the years 2019-2020.

  • 2015-2016 = 49.2%
  • 2016-2017 = 48.7%
  • 2017-2018 = 48.7%
  • 2018-2019 = 47.3%
  • 2019-2020 = 47.7%

The reasons for the decline is as yet unknown, but there is a possibility that the questions are getting harder. This is why it is so important that you revise for the test.

At the time of writing (February 2021), the price of a resit is £23. This isn’t a huge price, however, you should factor in the costs of travelling to the test centre. Again, it’s so important that you revise for the test.

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