Once you’ve reached a standard where you feel you are ready, it’s time for booking an HGV theory test. There is usually a wait of at least a week, which will provide additional study time. You must pass the Part 1 Theory Tests before you can take your Category C Driving Test. However, you do not need to pass the Part 2 Driver CPC Case Study theory test before taking the Driving Test.
To book your Theory Test, visit the GOV.UK booking website. The test costs are provided below:
Theory test costs
- 1a (Multiple Choice Questions) £26
- 1b (Hazard Perception)£11
- 2 (Driver CPC Case Study) – £23
We strongly advise that you do not book through any other website as you may pay more or be subject to more restrictive terms than if you had booked directly.
- Booking an HGV theory test
- Find your nearest theory test centre
- Change the date of your HGV theory test
- Cancel your HGV theory test
If you have a disability or health condition you should mention this when booking. You can also ask for an English or Welsh voiceover, or for extra time during the Multiple Choice Questions part of the test if you have difficulty reading. For more information about this, click here.
When you arrive at the Test Centre
You will need to report to reception to let the Test Centre staff know you are there. They will check your driving licence, please note that if you do not have this with you will not be able to take the test. You can’t take personal items into the test room with you. This includes things like:
- mobile phones
You have to store any personal items in a locker. The test centre staff will check if you have anything with you that could be used to cheat. Your test won’t go ahead if you don’t let them check.
The Multiple Choice Questions Section (Part 1a)
Before you start the multiple choice test, you can have a 15-minute practice session if you want to get used to the format of the test. In the test there are 100 questions: you’ll need to get at least 85 correct to pass. You’ll have 1 hour 55 minutes for this part of the test.
The multiple choice questions appear on-screen and you’ll use the mouse to choose the correct answer. For some questions you’ll need to select more than one answer – there’ll be a message if you don’t choose enough answers. If you aren’t sure about any of the questions, you can ‘flag’ them and come back to them later.
The Hazard Perception Section (Part 1b)
You can watch a short video before you start the test, showing you how the test works.
You’ll need to click the mouse (anywhere on the screen) when you see a developing hazard (ie something that would need you, the driver, to take some action such as changing speed or direction): the sooner you spot the hazard, the more points you’ll score. You can score up to five points for each hazard.
You’ll need to score at least 67 out of 100 points. Each clip shows one hazard apart from one clip, which has two. If you click the mouse too much or if you click in a pattern, you’ll be given a warning message and you’ll score no points for that clip.
The Driver CPC Case Study (Part 2)
You can watch a short video before you start the test, showing you how the test works. You can also have a 15-minute practice session if you want to get used to the format of the test. Once the test starts, you will have 75 minutes to complete it. You do not need to pass the Part 2 Driver CPC Case Study theory test before taking the Driving Test.
Getting your results
You’ll be given your results shortly after you’ve finished the theory test. If you pass, you’ll be given a letter, and a certificate will be sent to you by post. Make sure you keep this safe because you may be asked for it when you attend your driving test.
Your theory test certificate is valid for two years. If you don’t pass your practical test in that time, you’ll have to take the theory test again before you can take the practical test. If you don’t pass the theory test, you can rebook immediately but you’ll need to wait at least three working days before you can retake it. Use this time to do some more preparation.
Sections in the ‘Getting Your HGV Licence’ guide
- Getting your HGV licence
- Applying for a provisional HGV licence
- Preparing yourself for HGV training
- Choosing an HGV training provider
- HGV theory test – Part 1 (Preparation)
- HGV theory test – Part 2 (Booking)
- The HGV driving test – Part 1 (Preparation & booking)
- The HGV driving test – Part 2 (Test day)
- After the HGV driving test
- Driver CPC Module 4
- Finding HGV driving jobs