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The UK theory test requires you to know more than just the highway code. This becomes evident with the increase in the different types of books available to purchase on this subject.

The test is a computer based test which requires you to answer 35 multiple choice questions. You need to read the questions carefully as they sometimes require more than one answer. Failure in answering all parts of the question mean that you have got that question wrong. Out of the 35 questions you must obtain 30 to pass. When you have completed the test you will have to wait a short time for the results, if you pass you will be given a letter stating this, although you have to wait for the actual pass certificate. If you fail you will be given a letter stating in what areas of knowledge you were unsuccessful in.

If you pass you have to wait 48 hours before you can book your practical test (due to system updating). The theory test at today's date (Jan 2006) is £21.00 and can be booked by using the telephone booking system (0870 0101372) and a suitable credit/ debit card. The waiting list is usually in the region of two to three weeks.

Recommended reading.

The complete theory test questions (BSM)
(available at WH Smith £4.99)
The Highway code
The Driving Manual
The Driving Test
Know your traffic signs

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