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Frequently Asked Questions - HGV

Theory test for LGV and PCV drivers

The multiple choice test and hazard perception test for LGV and PCV are two separate tests. The fee for the multiple choice test is £35 and £15 for the hazard perception test.

LGV/PCV multiple choice test

Before the test starts you’ll be given instructions on how the test works. You can also choose to go through a practice session of the multiple choice questions to get used to the layout of the test. At the end of the practice session the real test will begin.

A question and several answer options will appear onscreen and you have to select the correct answer to the question by touching the screen.

The pass mark for the multiple choice part of the theory test is 85 out of 100. You will have just less than two hours to answer the questions. If you have reading difficulties, you can apply for additional time, and have just less than four hours to answer the questions.

LGV/PCV hazard perception test

First, you will be shown a short video clip about how the hazard perception part works. You will be presented with 19 video clips which feature everyday road scenes. In each clip there will be at least one developing hazard, but one of the clips will feature two developing hazards. Each clip will last approximately one minute.

To achieve a high score you will need to respond to the developing hazard during the early part of its development. The maximum points you can score on each hazard is five. You will not be able to review your answers to the hazard perception test: as on the road, you will only have one chance to respond to the developing hazard.

The pass mark for the hazard perception part of the theory test is 67 out of 100.

At the end of the test

At the end of the hazard perception part of the theory test you’ll be invited to answer a number of customer survey questions.

You don't have to answer the questions if you do not want to and any information given is anonymous and confidential. The survey questions don't affect the result of the test.

When you have finished the test you may leave the examination room. Once you have left the room, you won’t be allowed to enter it again. You will be given your result and feedback information within 10 minutes of finishing the test.

After passing the theory test

You will receive an embossed pass letter detailing the results for the part of the theory test you have completed.

When you have passed both parts, you will receive your theory test certificate which includes your theory test number. You will need this number when you book your practical test.

Your theory test certificate is valid for two years from the date you passed the first part of the test. If you do not pass your practical test within this two year period, you will have to take another theory test.