Everything You Need to Know About Taking Your Driving Theory Test in Newport

Booking your test

All driving theory examinations are managed by the Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) and can be booked either over the phone or online through GOV.UK. When you arrange your test, make sure that you have your valid UK provisional driving licence number and a valid debit or credit card to hand. Your driving theory test will cost £23.

If you have a visual or hearing impairments, you will need to mention this in your booking application, so that help is provided, and if, for any reason, you wish to cancel or reschedule your theory test, you will have to contact the DVSA at least three working days before the date.

Getting Newport Theory Test Centre

Newport Theory Test Centre is run by Pearson Professional, and is based on the sixth floor of Clarence House in Clarence Place. Once you have made a booking, this is where you will need to go to take your test. The house, which is a glass-fronted office block, is hard to miss, and has parking facilities if you are getting a lift. Alternatively, it will take less than ten minutes to walk to the centre from Newport Railway Station if you are arriving by train.

What to expect

When you arrive at Newport Theory Test Centre, you will be seated in front of a computer on which you will take your exam. The test is divided into two parts: the multiple choice section and the hazard perception section. During the first section, you will be presented with 50 questions and 57 minutes in which to complete them. To pass this part of the test, you will need to answer 43 questions correctly. You will have over a minute to think about each question, so make sure that you take your time.

After the initial section, you will be given the choice of either moving straight onto the hazard perception section or taking a three-minute break. The hazard perception test will show you short clips of potential driving situations and you will be required to click on areas where you notice a hazard developing. You can be awarded up to five points per hazard and to successfully pass, you must score 44 or more out of 75.

After the test

Almost instantly after finishing your theory test, you will receive your results. If you pass, congratulations! You will be given a certificate, which you will need to keep hold of, because you will need your theory pass date and certificate number to apply for your practical driving exam. This certificate will be valid for two years and if you do not pass your practical test in this time, you will have to retake the theory.

If you do not pass, don't worry, these tests are not designed to be easy! You will need to wait a minimum of three days before you can retake the test, but you can take as long as you need to ensure you are fully prepared.