The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has announced that a new theory test will come into play across the UK on the 14th of April of this year. For now, this change only applies to car theory tests and will introduce more video-clip-lead multiple-choice questions.
The aim of upgrading the theory test is to make it more widely accessible for all participants, including those with reading difficulties (such as dyslexia), as well as people with learning disabilities and developmental conditions like autism.
This new change will affect every learner driver taking their theory test after the 14th of April 2020, which includes aspiring motorists who need to retake after failing the test prior to this date, as well as those who have had their test moved to a date after the change comes into play.
Currently, the test involves reading a case study and answering five questions on the information. Instead of this method, learner drivers will now view one short video clip before responding to three multiple-choice questions regarding what they have watched.
Learner drivers can replay the video clip as many times as they need to during this portion of the test. It has been said that this visual method will help to improve pass rates since it creates a scenario that is played out in front of the test-taker, instead of one that needs to be read, pieced together and analysed.
Will this upgraded theory test reap rewards for new drivers and improve road safety as a result? Only time will tell…