Motorcycle Theory Test

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As with a car driving test, before you can take your practical motorbike test, you’ll need to pass a motorcycle theory test. The theory test can seem daunting for some people, but with some basic preparation there’s no need to worry. To book a test you will need a valid licence – this could be a provisional motorbike licence, or a full car licence with motorcycle provisional entitlement. The wait time can vary, generally it is around two weeks, and you’ll need to make sure that you’ve passed the theory test before you can book a practical test. The theory test pass certificate is valid for two years after you pass, so don’t worry, there’s plenty of time.

Motorbike Theory Test Explained

The theory test is in two parts, multi-choice theory and hazard awareness. To pass the test, both sections need to be successfully completed. If one section is failed then both sections will need to be retaken at a later date. Both sections are taken on computers provided at the Theory Test Centre.

First is the theory section, which includes questions on general road safety, first aid, and the highway code, as well as some questions that are specific to motorcycles. This is multiple choice and you are allowed up to 57 minutes to complete it, fifty questions in total with the pass mark being 43 out of 50.

The second part of the test is hazard perception. Here you will be shown video clips and will click the mouse when you recognise “hazards” that appear in front of you. Anything that might make a rider take an action (slow down, or change road position for example) is deemed to be a hazard. Each time the situation shown in the video changes, the rider will need to click to show they have noticed that change. High scores are given for early recognition of a hazard or change in the situation. Continuously clicking, or clicking too early to many times will result in a zero score for the clip. The highest score for a clip is 5 points, there are a total of 14 clips and a pass mark is at least 44 out of 75.

Preparing for the Motorcycle Theory Test

The pass mark for the theory test is 43 out of 50, so it isn’t a walk in the park. Make sure that you study before sitting the test, even if you’ve already passed the car theory test. There are plenty of good books and course materials out there to choose from.

The hazard perception test is also not easy, but there are plenty of mock tests both online and in CD ROM format.

Booking Your Motorcycle Theory Test

Theory test centres are located in most large towns and you can find your nearest by searching on the DirectGov website. Tests can be booked online, or by phone, or by filling in a form and booking it by post.

Cost of the Motorcycle Theory Test

If you book online or by phone then you’ll need a credit or debit card to pay for the test and if you’re booking by post then you can pay by cheque or postal order. The charge is £31.00.