Driving Theory Test Attempt #1

Despite taking practice tests for the last four days, I failed my multiple choice theory test today by (ready folks?) one bloomin’ point.


I was struggling with the Hazard Perception practice tests over the weekend, but had finally figured them out.  (Clicking in a “repetitive” pattern makes your test invalid and then you get a zero.)   I knew I was pushing the multiple choice part since I didn’t have much time to study last week and had only passed a few practice tests. Apparently I haven’t memorized all my signs.

Easy signs

Complex sign

But I really thought I passed.  I’d memorized half of the questions and answers by now after taking so many practice road sign tests.  Just booked the next one and am racing against the clock to pass the Theory test so I can book for the driving test, which usually has an eight week waiting list.  You can’t book that until you pass the Theory test.

More of this

And this

After July 18 I can’t drive on my US license anymore, so we’re trying to get me in before then.  I’m thinking there’s going to be a month or two where I can’t drive again.  Roundabouts still make me nervous.

At least I know what to do if I come across a herd of sheep and a shepherd asks me to stop.  (Answer:  stop and turn off the engine.)

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. David
    May 31, 2011 @ 19:21:54

    The fun part is: If nobody told you and you were driving on the M25 on a Saturday afternoon… What would you perceive the speed limit to be?

    I did my theory test the day before going to a festival. The test centre staff were a little surprised to see me with a back pack full of camping gear on my back. My certificate has still got mud (and got knows what else) on it from the festival.

    Just keep doing the theory test DVDs (I borrowed some) that’s what I did. I suppose it helps having been familiar with the UK signs for a few more years.

    I’m still not a fan of roundabouts! They do get easier, and you are unlucky to have some particularly unfriendly ones near you. Although, they aren’t as much fun as this beauty (that gets a BBC article): http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/h2g2/A303346

    Good luck


  2. taramoyle
    Jun 01, 2011 @ 22:31:02

    Exactly. It’s too bad one can’t take a UK Driving Theory essay test. Throw in a little history of the road, a few anecdotes…I’d do just fine.

    Yeah, I’ll keep doing the DVD tests. I’ve gone through about 300 of the 900 questions, so I guess I have to go through all of them.

    (A “gyratory”? First, how do you pronounce that; second, do you have to be “this tall” to ride that ride, and third, does it come with chips?)


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