The prospect of being faced with 50 questions followed by a hazard perception test can seem daunting at first, but when you consider that the questions are mostly common sense, and the hazard perception is merely observation, you begin to see that it’s not as hard you may have first thought. With the right approach, and some helpful tricks, you can easily pass your motorcycle theory test first time.

The Multiple Choice

Use that practice period

Before the test starts, you will be given a period to practice some questions, these questions do not count towards your final result, they are simply there to get you acclimatised to the interface so you don’t make any mistakes. You are given the chance to skip this practice period but don’t be so quick to pass it up, even if you have taken a theory test before!

Use this practice period to your advantage, it will get you into the mindset of concentrating and not rushing, and may jog your memory if you come across a question that you feel a little uncertain about.

Answer the question fully

Some questions will require more than one answer and while the software will tell you this, it can be easy to miss this vital piece of information especially after a string of single answer questions. It pays to read every question twice, just to make sure.

Use mnemonics

Numerical questions like stopping distances and thread depths can be the hardest to memorise and the easiest to get wrong; coming up with a mnemonic beforehand will serve you in good stead when trying to remember number based questions.

Take stopping distances for example: Starting at 20mph, you can simply multiply the speed by intervals of 0.5 starting with 2, every 10mph,. So the typical stopping distance at 20mph would be 20 x 2, which equals 40 feet. For 50 mph, the equation would be 50 x 3.5 = 175, so your stopping distance would be 175 feet.

Don’t stall

Don’t be afraid to skip a question rather than linger on it if you don’t know the answer right away. Answering other questions may very well jog your memory and you will have the opportunity to come back, provided you don’t take too long.

Check, double check and triple check

Don’t rush through the test but give yourself enough time to have the opportunity to go back to the beginning and check your answers from the start. It’s highly advisable to do this for a number of reasons; firstly, you want to make absolutely sure you have answered all of the questions properly, including making sure you have filled in the right number of boxes for all of the questions.

Secondly, it gives you an opportunity to go back to questions you may have skipped for later. Lastly, you have the option to change answers you may have had second thoughts about.

You shouldn’t be tempted to submit your test while there is time to spare just to get out early. If you have spare time, use it to check your work!

Hazard Perception

This part of the test for most people is the hardest part because it is tricky to revise for and can be unpredictable. The hazards can be vague, or appear very suddenly offering little in the way of warning.

 

You can click more than once

It is often thought that you can only click once during each of the 14 clips. This is not true, in fact one of the clips contains two hazards, so thinking this could mean the difference between passing and having to retake your entire theory test.

Don’t be afraid to click multiple times when you see a potential hazard developing, you will only be marked for your earliest correct click, so clicking multiple times just to make sure will not cost you any points.

This does not mean however that you can simply click the mouse button rapidly for the entire duration of the clip, this will be seen as cheating and will yield you no points. The key is to see a hazard developing as early as possible, and click at various points during the development of the hazard, before it becomes an immediate danger.

The benefit of experience

One of the best ways you can practice hazard perception is through taking bike lessons in the real world, where you may have the chance to see hazards developing first hand. Your instructor will see these hazards a mile off and warn you, giving you the time to avoid the hazard.

 

With passing the Theory test, you are already half way to getting your full motorcycle licence: Congratulations!

On the next page you will learn about DAS, the route for those over 24 looking to get straight onto a big bike.

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If you’re not taking the DAS, it’s move onto the next chapter: Prepare! In this chapter you will learn all about getting ready for your practical test, including buying a helmet and motorcycling gear, what to look for when buying motorcycle, and how to make sure it is fit for the road.

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