Learner drivers face longer testMore questions in bid to improve road safety

16 August 2007

Learner drivers and motorcyclists are to face a more rigorous test of their motoring knowledge in a bid to improve road safety.

From next month Driving Standards Agency (DSA) is increasing the number of multiple choice questions in the tests.

It says it hopes the move will help broaden candidates' knowledge and lead to higher standards.

At the moment both car and motorcycle bike tests involve 35 questions and candidates must get 30 right.

'Comprehensive coverage'

But from 3 September the number of questions will rise to 50 with a pass score of 43.

The time allowed for the multiple choice part of the theory tests will increase to 57 minutes and fees will also increase from £21.50 to £28.50.

Jill Lewis, DSA's Head of Lifelong Learning, said: ‘It is important that candidates prepare thoroughly for their theory tests in the same way they would any other exam.

‘Increasing the number of questions means that the test ensures comprehensive coverage of the whole syllabus.’

The updated version of the official theory test book and CD Rom is now available in shops, or by clicking on the official bookstore button on the DSA website .