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Theory Test

UK Theory Test Explained

Who needs to take a test?

You will need to take a theory test if you want a licence for a new category of vehicle, for example, if you have a car licence and you want a bike licence you will still need to take a motorcycle theory test.

If, however, you want to upgrade within a vehicle category you will not normally need to take a theory test, for example, if you have a full automatic car licence and you want a manual car licence you will not have to take a theory test.

Please check with the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), Driving Standards Agency (DSA) or a member of staff at Harley’s if you are unsure if you should take a theory test.

Preparing for the theory test

The driving theory test has two parts. Part one is a multiple choice test of 35 questions and part two is a hazard perception test of 14 video clips in which you will have to identify 15 developing hazards.

To prepare for both parts of the motorcycle theory we recommend that all candidates, regardless of driving experience practice for the theory test as much as they can and use the resource material available.

At Harley’s we let our customers practice the theory test free of charge. Free training is available at our centre, where we have mock tests available and online theory tests for you to practice. In addition, we stock a selection of CD ROMs and theory test books should you wish to purchase so you can get some theory test practice done in comfort of your home.

Next step… Book theory test

We can book your theory test as part of your training. All of our package courses include the theory test fee

Reporting for your theory test

When you arrive at the test centre to take your theory test you will be expected to show both parts of your valid driving licence (the photocard and the paper counterpart). You should also bring your appointment letter or booking number. If you don’t bring the correct documents with you on the day, you won’t be able to take your test and you will lose your fee

Old-style driving licenses

From 1 November 2005 if you have an old-style paper licence you must take both your paper driving licence and a valid passport. No other form of photographic identification will be accepted


  • no license
  • no photo
  • no test, and
  • you will lose your fee!

At the test centre

You should arrive at the test centre in plenty of time so that you aren’t rushed. Once you have been registered at reception you will go through to the test room. You may not take anything into the room with you – all personal items must be stored in the lockers provided.

Once you are in the test room you may not talk to or distract other candidates. The computer screen will display your name and the category of test you are taking.

If you have any problems during the theory test, you should raise your hand to attract the attention of the test invigilator.

Practice your motorcycle theory test online

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