How To Practice For Your Motorcycle Theory Test
The first hurdle you will encounter on your journey to gaining a motorcycle licence is the Motorcycle Theory Test. A pass is required before you can progress to a motorcycle test with the exception of the CBT or ‘Compulsory Basic Training’.
The Motorcycle Theory Test is broken down into two parts;
Multiple-choice Test - In this part of the test, you will answer 50 questions within an allotted time of 57 mins. It can be a bit of a race against time if you panic, so if you are unsure of an answer you can ‘flag’ it and return to the question later in the test. If you are confident in your answers you do not need to take the full 57 minutes to complete it.
Hazard Perception Test - In this test you will be shown 14 video clips of everyday road scenes where there will be at least one developing hazard. One of the 14 clips will have two developing hazards, so be alert for that. All you need to do is click the screen as soon as you see the hazard developing. You can score up to 5 points for each clip, the sooner you see the hazard the higher your score.
At the time of writing the Motorcycle Theory Test costs £23 and can be booked via the Government website
So you’ve booked it, but you’ll probably want to know how to prepare for the motorcycle theory test? and thankfully there are plenty of resources available to you.
The obvious starting point is to buy a hard copy of The Official Highway Code, which can be ordered from the Government website or bought in many high street or online stores including the RideTo Store for £9.99. It is also available as an app to download directly to your smartphone.
Having the Highway Code close to hand means you can jump in and out of it when you have a spare moment to start storing away useful information. It's the perfect material for when you're on the bus or train commuting to work, grabbing a coffee or sitting in a doctor's or dentist's waiting room.
Another fantastic publication that you will find invaluable is the RideTo New Rider Journal. A 115 page book that covers everything from booking and preparing for your tests, to what gear you’ll need, how to buy a helmet, how to maintain your bike and tons more. It costs just £7.99 and you can also buy it from the RideTo Store.
These are both excellent resources to prepare you for your test, but if you actually want to Practice for the motorcycle theory test, what options do you have?
Again there are many useful apps that can help you to prepare, but we would recommend the Official DVSA Theory Test kit. It consists of two apps bundled together for £4.99, one for the Theory Test and the other for the Hazard Perception Test. These are the only official apps that allow you to have your very own ‘Practice motorcycle theory test’.
The Official DVSA Theory Test kit contains every official revision question, so you’ll get a real taste of what is to come on the actual day of the test. You can take unlimited mock tests until you are comfortable with the process and the types of questions that will be asked.
The DVSA Hazard Perception App will allow you to review each hazard perception video clip so that you can acclimatise yourself before sitting in front of the screen for real.
The bonus with this Theory Test kit is that a digital copy of the Official Highway code is also included in the price, making this a real bargain. We at RideTo highly recommend the app.
Of course, the more you can practice the better you’ll be, so it's always good to have a large number of resources available. The ‘RideTo’ website has a wide range of articles and guides to help new riders with their journey onto two wheels, there's even a guide on how to pass your hazard perception test.
The Theory Test isn’t as daunting as you first imagine. If you prepare well using the resources we have discussed, you’ll have no problem passing.
It's all in the preparation. Good Luck!