Monday, 21 July 2014

My Learning-To-Drive Journey - Chapter Two

A Little Bit About My Experience So Far.

How far along the learning curve am I so far?
...Never even turned a car on!...

What to Expect?

Well back on the 20th August 2013 I took my Car theory test.

Upon booking easily on line through the GOV website and paying a reasonable £31 fee.
 I get myself a booking conformation email and a date to sit the test.

Arriving at the test centre I was a little nervous but mostly because I had to speak to people and was panicking I was going to be late because I couldn't find the right damn door (they don't take kindly to late comers) though I did find my way in by chatting to and following a lovely young girl with her dad. We did have a bit of a giggle about the bad sign-age which made her feel a little less nervous I think :)

So we managed to get in, waiting our turns to show the happy little man our provisional licenses and paper counterparts. 

Now to put all personal items in the lockers including phone

 - that is on silent - and paper counterpart license. 

Keeping Provisional License out as per instructions.

So here I am being shown to my seat by the GRUMPIEST old woman ever,
(she may have been having a rather bad day but gosh it did make it a more stressful environment, not necessarily for me but whomever was incredibly nervous)
Admittedly she was very helpful and did set up the computer with ease and speed.


So here we go the clock is ticking, you get 1 minute per question if you split it up equally, making the first part of the Car Theory Test 50 minutes long if you use all your time. 
You can flag questions throughout the exam so you can come back and answer them later or check if they are right.

Done that?

Onto the Hazard Perception. Up comes the screen that tells you what's happening, how you roll with it, with a practise clip.

The Hazard Perception part of the test is you get shown 14 different clips.   
Before each clip you get a freeze frame and a count down from 10
(10 seconds is ages when your sitting there watching it tick-tock-tick-tock)

 Each clip has one or even several hazards one of which is the 'developing hazard'.

A Developing hazard is essentially, the hazard that causes the driver to change, speed, direction, or take evasive action in some way.

You are to click when you first see the hazard. To let you know you've click you get a little reg flag at the bottom of the screen.

 The quicker you see the developing hazard the more points you score. 
Up to 5 points per clip.

The supervisor comes back to you after you have finished ( they just magically know)
 and ushers you out the door to pick up you piece of paper almost immediately.

This has you grades on the front, with any 'Topic Areas' of the theory questions you got wrong. i go one question wrong and it was a 'Road and traffic signs' topic.

This piece of paper with your certificate on the back and the certificate number for when you are booking your practical car test, isn't very fancy, 
but hold onto it, its still your certificate!



My thoughts & Results.

They want me to see that far-off-in-the-distance developing hazard on a CRT computer screen when its not filmed with a HD Camera?

Didn't happen too well for me. 

My final results were

49 out of 50 on the theory questions.
And 46 out of 75 on The hazard perception.

The pass grades were:
Theory Questions: 43 out of 50
Hazard Perception: 44 out of 75

I passed by 2 points on the hazard perception. Talk about cutting it fine J4!
I found the questions super easy peasy and the whole exam took me less than and hour because i zoomed through the questions.
(Though I am not encouraging short sessions, use all the time you can!)


So there is the low down on my Theory test Experience.

And now onto the lessons (finally) a year later as the 
theory certificate only lasts for 2 years from pass date!

Keeping up with me still ya? ;)

Much Love
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