Theory Test Special Needs

Other Languages & Special Needs


Other Languages

In Wales and along the Welsh borders you can take the theory test with Welsh on the screen. A Welsh voiceover for the theorty test is also available..

Using a headset you can also hear the test questions read in Albanian, Arabic, Bengali, Cantonese, Dari, Farsi, Gujarati, Hindi, Kashmiri, Kurdish, Mirpuri, Polish, Potugese, Punjabi, Pushto, Spanish, Tamil, Turkish and Urdu.

To take the test in another language you will need to bring a DSA approved translator. This needs to be arranged at the time of booking, is only available at certain test centres and you need to pay for the translator yourself.


Special Needs

If you have special needs you will need to make them known at the time of booking. Be aware that not all theory test centres have easy disabled access.

Theory Test and Reading Difficulties:
You can have an English voiceover on a headset if you have reading difficulties or dyslexia. You can also ask for up to twice the normal amount of time for the test. You will however need to provide a letter from a suitable independent person who knows of your difficulties.

The Test and Hearing Difficulties
The multiple choice questions and introduction to the hazard perception test can be delivered in British Sign Language on-screen. Alternatively a BSL signer can be provided if requested at the time of booking.

Physical Disabilities
If you have difficulties using the mouse, special arrangements can be made if you inform the DSA when you book.

Theory Test Modules

The Theory Test is divided up into a number of modules and you will get questions from each of these modules when you take your test. Your result form will indicate to you which modules you scored incorrect answers for. It is important to make sure that you get plenty of theory test practice before taking the test

The modules are:

ALERTNESS: This section covers questions on observation, anticipation, concentration, awareness, distraction and boredom.

An example question would be: If your mobile phone rings on the motorway what should you do?

ATTITUDE: This section is about consideration, courtesy, who has priority and following distances.

An example would be: Why should you never wave people to cross the road?

SAFETY & YOUR VEHICLE: This covers fault detection, defects, safety equipment, emissions and noise.

An example question could be: What is the purpose of a catalytic converter?

SAFETY MARGINS: This involves stopping distances, road surfaces, skidding and dealing with varying weather conditions

An example might be: How much longer could it take you to stop in icy conditions?

HAZARD AWARENESS: Topics covered include anticipation and attention, speed and distance, reaction times, alcohol, drugs and tiredness

A question might be: The driver in front has forgotten to cancel his signal – what should you do?

VULNERABLE ROAD USERS: Being aware of how to deal with pedestrians, children, cyclists, older drivers, disabled people, animals

A sample question would be: Who is especially in danger of not being seen as you reverse your car?

OTHER TYPES OF VEHICLE: Motorbikes, buses, lorries, trams

An example question might be: Why is it more difficult to pass a larger vehicle than a car?

VEHICLE HANDLING: Weather conditions, road conditions, time of the day, speed, traffic calming.

Example Question: You are travelling in very heavy rain, how much greater is your stopping distance likely to be?