Notes on the Driver Theory Test Review.
All about the Driver theory test changing
Note on the Driver Theory Test Review.
A comprehensive review of the Driver Theory Test Study material Book and CD-Rom has taken place with a view to improving the content and its effectiveness as a learning tool. The advice of the Dyslexia and Dyspraxia Association were taken into consideration when revising the material. Most of the 1500 questions in the Driver Theory Test 4th Edition have been updated revised or replaced. The revisions include new questions and graphics as well as amended versions of existing questions.
The current material was found to have too many distracters and therefore the study material has been changed to show one single answer and an explanation given as to why the answer is correct. This will help to give a deeper understanding of the reasons for the answer.
The revised Driver Theory Test Study Material should be more user friendly, clear and concise.
It is important to note that there will be no change to the current format of the Driver Theory Test itself, so therefore the test will give the question with a number of possible answers and the candidate will have to choose the correct answer from the choice given. The new Study Material will be published and in book shops from late September and will then be available for purchase from all good bookstores around the country and it will also be available to purchase on line at www.theorytest.ie The new study material will be “The Official Driver Theory Test 5th Edition Book & CD-Rom” The CD in particular will continue to provide ‘Practice Tests’ which simulate the real exam experience and allow candidates to gauge their learning progress. The new training aids will provide a more effective learning experience for candidates as they prepare for the theory test and their long term driving career.
People presenting for the driver theory test prior to the 24th October can still study the old material i.e. The Official Driver Theory Test 4th Edition Book or CD-Rom in order to prepare for the Driver Theory Test as the test itself has not changed.
People presenting for the driver theory test on or after the 24th October must have studied the new study material. i.e. The Official Driver Theory Test 5th Edition Book or CD-Rom.
Frequently Asked Questions
- I applied last week or I’m applying next week will I get the new or old test?
- Candidates scheduled to sit the driver theory test on or after 24th October 2011 will have to have studied the new material, i.e. The Official Driver Theory Test 5th Edition Book or CD-rom.
Q. I heard the driver theory test is changing and it will now be 80 questions, is that true?
R. There are no changes to the driver theory test format, the test will still consist of 40 questions and you will have to answer correctly 35 questions out of 40 to pass.
Q. Is the cost of the Driver theory test changing?
R. No, the fee will still be €40.60
Q. What is the purpose of the Driver Theory Test?
R. The Driver Theory test is designed to test the candidates knowledge of the Rules of the Road and the principles of safe driving. It should help a person to be a safe, courteous and informed driver.
Q. Will the Driver Theory test be different when the new study material is published?
R. The test will change to suit the new study material for those candidates sitting the test on or after the 24 October 2011. The study material has been changed to help candidates in preparing for the test and to give an explanation as to why the answer is correct. This should help a candidate get a deeper understanding as to why a particular action is required when driving.
Q. Will I get any feedback after the test?
R. Candidates at the end of their exam will regardless of passing or failing be provided, based on their performance, with a list of the categories recommended for further study e.g. Road Signs, Markings and Traffic Regulations, Alert Driving and Consideration for Road Users etc. All of these correspond to the categories listed in the training Material in order to facilitate revision or help improve overall skills.
Q. Why do you not give out the exact questions that are answered wrong?
R. Merely giving details of incorrect answers would not be in the best interest of promoting learning in terms of the theory test. It is the case that if the information about failed questions is provided, that candidates who failed the test are more likely to revise only the questions answered incorrectly to the detriment of broader revision of the source material.
Q. How much does the Driver Theory Test Book and CD-Rom cost?
R. The price has not changed.
The Book costs €17.99
The CD-Rom costs €21.80
The book and CD-Rom can be purchased online at www.drivertheorytest.ie for €33
The book and CD-Rom are also available at Public Libraries.
Q. How long is the Driver Theory Test?
R. The time allowed for the test is 45 minutes.
Q. I have reading/learning difficulties are there any special facilities for me?
R. You would need to make Prometric aware of this when booking your test and provided you provide Medical evidence of this, you can be allowed extra time to do the test and you may book the facilities of a reader/recorder to assist you with your test.
Q. Is the new study material available in Irish?
R. The new study material will be available in Irish.
Q. Where can I get more information on the DTT?
R. By logging onto driver theory website at www.theorytest.ie
Q. How can I book a theory test?
R. You can book online at www.theorytest.ie or by phone on 1890606106 (English language)
1890 606 806 (Irish language)
1890 616 216 (text phone – for the hearing-impaired)
or by postal application to PO Box 788, Togher, Cork.
THE BEST OF LUCK TO YOU ON YOUR TEST FROM YOUR INSTRUCTOR JOHN O’FLAHERTY AT CLYDA SCHOOL OF MOTORING