Learner drivers taking the theory test will be made to answer new ‘case study’ questions from the end of this month.
The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) said new, multiple choice questions based around short stories would help to strengthen the testing process and allow candidates to put their knowledge into context.
Until now, theory test questions have all been multiple choice, with no contextual element.
From 28 September, just one of the new case study questions will be included in each exam for drivers, motorcyclists and moped riders. But the DSA said it wants to include more in future.
The DSA’s director of driver education and learning, Jill Lewis, said: ‘Case studies are widely used in education to put learning into context and test comprehension of a subject, so many candidates will have encountered this type of question before.
‘Initially we are introducing one case study based on existing questions in the theory test question bank, to get candidates used to the concept. It will also allow us to monitor any impact on the theory test. Over time, we plan to introduce more case studies into the theory test to assess candidates’ understanding of what they have learned.’
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