DSA to stop publishing questions used in theory tests

The Driving Standards Agency are to stop publishing the multiple choice questions and answers used in theory tests. This will be sure to help new drivers learn the principles behind driving theory rather than just memorising answers.

Road Safety Minister Mike Penning announced:

“The driving theory test should help to prepare drivers for real life on the road – good driving is not just about vehicle-handling skills, but also about having the knowledge and understanding of safe driving theory.

“No longer publishing these questions and answers will mean that successful candidates will have to understand the theory rather than simply memorising answers.

“I believe that this – along with the other changes we are making to the driving test regime – will lead to better drivers and safer roads.”

From September 2011 changes will be made by the DSA to the format of books and other learning materials available to help people prepare for theory tests whilst having driving lessons, This will take place at the same time as more challenging case studies are introduced to car and motorcycle theory tests.

Then, from 1st January 2012, DSA will create theory tests using questions which will not be published. Practice questions and answers, not used in theory tests, will still be available to help candidates with revision.