Top Tips For Passing Your Theory Test

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Getting your driving licence is one of life’s most exciting milestones - but before you’re able to even take your practical driving test, you’ll need to pass your driver theory test first. This test is a computer-based examination which tests your motoring theory knowledge based on the type of vehicle you wish to be licenced to drive. During your theory test, you’ll be tested on the rules of the road, hazard awareness, risk perception, good driving behaviour and your knowledge of eco-driving.

So that you’re fully prepared to take your theory test and to give yourself the best chance of passing, we’ve put together some handy hints and tips, including some useful information about how to apply for the test itself. Keep reading to find out more.

How To Apply For Your Theory Test

You can apply for your theory test online via the Official RSA Driver Theory Test Site.

During your online application, you’ll be asked to select the category of vehicle you wish to be tested for. The categories are:

  • AM - motorcycle/moped
  • BW - car/tractor and work vehicles
  • C - truck
  • D - bus
  • CD - truck and bus combined

The cost of a theory test varies depending on which category you are testing for. If you are testing for category AM or BW, the fee is €45, while the fee for categories C and D is €72, while the fee is €84 for category CD. When you’re completing your online application, make sure that you follow the instructions, especially when you’re entering your personal details. You must use your full name as per displayed on your identification, making sure it is spelled correctly.

Aside from online, you can also apply for your theory test by phone or post by completing a paper application form.

How Long Does A Theory Test Last?

In terms of the actual test itself, the length of time it will take you to complete it will depend on which category you are testing for.

If you are testing for category AM or BW, you can expect the test to take 45 minutes. During this time, you will be required to answer 40 questions, with a pass mark of 35.

For category C or D, the test duration is 2 hours in which time you’ll be asked to answer 100 questions, with a pass mark of 74.

If you take the driving theory test for category CD, this will take 3 hours and you’ll be required to answer 140 questions. The pass mark for this test is 104.

Once you’ve passed your theory test, you will receive a Driver Theory Test Certificate. This certificate is valid for two years from the date of your test. If you do not submit an application for your first learner permit within this two year period, you will be required to take and pay for the test again.

How To Pass The Theory Test

To help you best prepare yourself for your upcoming theory test, make sure you keep these top tips in mind.


Just like any test, revision is a must if you want to pass. The questions you’ll be asked during the theory test are based on the Rules of the Road, as well as current road traffic legislation, so it’s worth studying this information to prepare you for your upcoming test.

Additionally, the RSA DDT website also provides revision materials for you to buy if you wish. You can purchase a selection of materials, including access to learning portals, books and CDs to help give you the best chance of passing your theory test. You could even check out your local library for revision material.

Even though the theory test itself is computerised, reading through material is a great way to absorb the information you need to know in order to answer the questions correctly.


We all know that practice makes perfect, so you might find it useful to run through some past theory test papers to test yourself. You could even enlist the help of a family member or friend to ask you some quick-fire questions. This might help you determine which areas you need to brush up on so that you feel confident and ready once your test date rolls around.

You could also practise while you’re a passenger in a car. For example, you could look at passing motorway signs to determine their meanings so that you’re familiar with the different shapes ahead of your test.


Sometimes it’s easier said than done, but try to relax. Especially if you revise and practise in the time running up to your test date, you should feel calm and confident in the fact that you’ve prepared enough to maximise your chances of passing with flying colours and bring you one step closer to becoming a new driver.