Theory test change ‘more reflective of real-world driving’

13.05 | 18 February 2020 |

The DVSA has announced plans to make the driving theory test more accessible to people with reading or learning difficulties, a move backed by the RAC.

Currently, candidates have to read a case study, before answering five related questions.

However from 14 April 2020, want-to-be drivers will instead watch a short, silent video clip – with three multiple-choice questions to follow.

Candidates will be able to watch the video clip infinite times during this part of the test.

The DVSA says the change will make the theory test more accessible, especially to people with a reading difficulty (like dyslexia), learning disability or developmental condition (like autism).

The announcement has been welcomed by the RAC, who says the change will make the test more reflective of real-world driving.

Simon Williams, RAC spokesman, said: “This is a very positive change and should make the driving theory test accessible to many more people as watching case study videos is far more reflective of real-world driving than having to read them and then answer questions. 

“We know from RAC research that being able to drive is an important milestone in people’s lives as it allows them to get around more easily. This is particularly true for those who live in more rural locations.”



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