The theory test – what you need to know
As part of your HGV or PCV licence training, you’ll need to undertake a driver theory test, which comprises both a multiple choice and a hazard perception assessment. From studying for the B [car] licence, you should already have an understanding of how the driver theory test works.
Drivers who obtained their B licence before the early 2000s didn’t need to sit the hazard perception. The traditional driver theory was simply a range of multiple choice questions, giving candidates the correct answer in addition to three which were false.
With the introduction of the hazard perception segment in 2002, drivers were now tested on their reaction and assessment of emerging danger. Whilst the multiple choice questions would challenge driver knowledge of the rules and regulations of the road, the hazard perception could help underscore driver competency when it came to actively reading the road and identifying the correct choices they should make.
It’s normal to worry about the theory test. A large number of trainee drivers haven’t sat a theoretical exam in many years, meaning the idea can be daunting. At HGV Express, we understand that the theory test may not be the most welcome part of the process for trainee drivers – but we also recognise its importance! We’re here to support and assist you through both the theory test and the preparation.
Our complete online study facility allows candidates to prepare for the theory test in the most natural way possible: through replicating the conditions of the actual test.
We provide uniquely-generated online access details that direct our trainees to a study portal, connected through our website. From here, candidates are able to undertake all theory test preparation using their computer: from studying, to practice tests, and even the capacity to monitor their own progress – allowing them to identify areas of strength or weakness.
We’ve found that online users perform much better on the day of their theory test. Books and DVDs are helpful when it comes to taking on new information, but the practical benefits of using a computer to prepare are understated. A candidate who feels properly prepared will be much more confident under exam conditions and will stand a far greater chance of achieving a pass.