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Theory Test //

Booking your test

You need to have a provisional motorcycle licence to book your theory test, directly through the government website. 


There are 2 parts to the test:


You book and take them as a single test. You have to pass both parts to pass the test.

When you can take the theory test


You can take the theory test from your:

  • 16th birthday onwards if you’re learning to ride a moped (no more than 50cc)

  • 17th birthday onwards if you’re learning to ride a motorcycle


You can take the theory test before or after you’ve taken compulsory basic training (CBT)


Who needs to take the theory test


You usually need to have passed a motorcycle theory test before you take the motorcycle test.

You don’t need to take the theory test if you passed a moped test after 1 July 1996 and want to either:

  • take the motorcycle test on a category A1 small motorcycle

  • upgrade your motorcycle licence under the ‘progressive access’ (also known as ‘staged access’) rules


If you have a car licence


You have to pass a motorcycle theory test before taking the motorcycle test.

If your licence isn’t from Great Britain

Find out if you can drive in Great Britain (GB) with your non-GB licence without taking a theory and driving test.

Change or check your test details

You can change the date of your theory test after you’ve booked it.

You can check your appointment details if you’ve lost your booking confirmation.


Rebook your test

Rebook your theory test if you failed your test and want to resit it. You have to choose a date at least 3 working days away.


Theory test revision and practice

You can use books and software to revise for the theory test and take practice tests.

Multiple-choice questions


The questions in the theory test are based on 3 books:


Study these to learn the rules and skills you’ll be tested on.

You can buy them from most high street and online book shops.

Take a practice test

Take a practice theory test to check how much you’ve learnt. It only includes the multiple-choice questions - it doesn’t include the hazard perception part.

The practice questions aren’t used in the real test, but they’re based on the same topics as the test.

Hazard perception part


Buy the official guide to hazard perception for your PC or Mac to learn hazard perception skills and then test them.

You can buy it from most high street and online book shops.

What to take to your test


You must take your UK photocard driving licence to your test.

If you have a licence from Northern Ireland, bring the photocard and paper counterpart licence.

Your test will be cancelled and you won’t get your money back if you don’t take the right things with you.

For more information go to Theory test: motorcycles and mopeds

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