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Motorcycle Theory Test Explained

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motorcycle theory test

You must have completed your compulsory basic training (CBT) and have passed your motorcycle theory test before you can book your full motorcycle practical test. To take your theory test, you must have a provisional driving licence.
The theory test is in two sections:

  • A multiple choice test
  • A hazard perception test

Both sections will need to be completed on a computer at a designated DVSA Theory Test Center on the same day, and you must pass both sections to pass the theory test.

The Multiple Choice Test

This section of the test is a series of 50 questions, randomly selected from more than 900 possible questions. It is very similar to the car theory test, but you will be given a different set of questions.

You will have up to 57 minutes to complete the test, and you must correctly answer 43 out of the 50 questions.

Before the test starts, you can answer a few practice questions to help you become accustomed to the layout of the test and the touch-screen system.

Each question will appear on the screen with a choice of different possible answers, and you must choose the correct one. Some questions will require more than one answer.

Some of the questions you will be given to answer will be presented as a case study. This means you will be given a short story that focuses on a real life driving example or experience, and you will have to answer five questions based on the story.

If you are unsure of an answer to any question, you can flag it and return to it later.

On completion of the multiple choice test, you can opt to have a break of up to three minutes before commencing the hazard perception part of the test.

The Hazard Perception Test

This section of the test comprises a series of 14 video clips. Each clip is about one minute long and will show a real driving scenario. 13 of the clips contain one developing hazard, and one of the clips contains two developing hazards.

A developing hazard is something that may require you to take some form of action. This action could be something as a simple as slowing your speed or changing direction.
To pass this section, you must gain 44 out of a possible 75 points.

You must identify the hazards by responding as soon as they appear on the screen. The sooner you identify the hazard and respond, the more points you will gain – up to a maximum of five points per hazard.

You will find out your score for both sections of the test on the same day.


If you pass your theory test, you will be given your theory test pass certificate. You must have your certificate to book your full motorcycle practical test. The pass certificate is valid for two years; if you do not pass your practical test in this time, you will need to retake and pass your theory test again.


If you fail your theory test, you must wait three working days to retake it. Use this time to brush up on your knowledge so you’re better prepared next time. You can practice the multiple choice part of the test as many times as you like on the Safe Driving for Life website.

Vision Motorcycle Training

Here at Vision Motorcycle Training, we have been helping people to gain their full motorcycle driving licence for many years.

All of our training courses are tailored to meet the individual needs and experience of our riders, helping you get to the level required to pass your test and stay safe on the road. Once you’ve passed your test and have your licence, we can also offer advanced rider training that will help you to improve your riding skills and get the most out of your motorcycle.
Good luck!

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