How to Prepare for Your Driver Theory Test

Preparation for the theory test is key when it comes to passing first time. Use our tried and tested guide to prepare, study, book and pass your Driver Theory Test and get driving on Irish roads.

Choose Your Driver Theory Test Category

The theory test is split among the following categories:

• A – motorcycles and mopeds (Driving licence categories AM, A1, A2, A),

  • B – cars, tractors and work vehicles (Driving licence categories B, BE, W)
  • C – vans and trucks over 3,500kg (Driving licence categories C, C1, CE, C1E)
  • D – buses (Driving licence categories D, D1, DE, D1E)
  • CD – bus or truck (Driving licence categories C, C1, CE, C1E, D, D1, DE, D1E)
  • TMT – truck module (must have passed D test)
  • BMT – bus module (must have passed C test)

Category B is usually the option for most beginner drivers.

How much does the Driver Theory Test cost?

The cost of each Driver Theory Test is as follows:

  • Category A or B – €45
  • Category C or D – €72
  • Category CD – €84
  • Module TMT or BMT – €45
  • A duplicate Driver Theory Test certificate costs €15.
  • The fee for making an appeal is €15 which is refunded if successful.

Study with the physical, online or app revision materials

Before booking your theory test slot, it’s best to obtain the available revision materials and begin your study to gage how much time you need to prepare. Preparation time differs for everyone and you don’t want to put yourself under any unnecessary additional pressure.

The official revision material for the driver theory test is available as a book, CD-ROM, and as a smart phone app. All contain the information required for the tested categories:

  • The rules of the road
  • Risk perception
  • Eco-driving
  • Hazard awareness
  • Good driving behaviour

Choosing between CD-ROM and book is down to personal preference. Both the CD-ROM and app are good for completing practice tests.

Preparation for the theory test is key when it comes to passing first time

Complete practice theory tests

Practice tests are a great way to get a feel for the types of questions asked, the language style and the overall structure of the exam. When completed with the CD-ROM or app you can instantly review your questions and answers. Incorrect answers will be marked, and the correct answer will be highlighted. Use these corrections to form topics for further revision and continue with the practice tests until you are passing them. 

The test comprises of 40 questions and a minimum score of 35 out of 40 is required to pass. You’ll have 45 minutes to complete it.

Get your Public Services Identification Card

Since June 2017, a Public Services Card (PSC) is the only accepted form of ID for the Driver Theory Test. If you don’t already have one you’ll need to apply for a PSC before you can complete the test. Failure to produce a valid PSC on your appointed exam day will mean that you cannot sit the test and you’ll lose out on the €45 fee.

Find your local test centre and book your Theory Test online

Once you’ve completed the above steps it’s time to book your theory test. The Road Safety Authority’s booking system will take you through five steps to complete your booking:

  • Step 1 - Choose your test category You’ll first be shown the various categories of vehicles and how much the test fees are. We’re concentrating on ‘BW’ category today which appears as ‘Car, Bike, Bus or Truck’ on the website.
  • Step 2  - Covers what we said above about ID. Make sure you have everything on this section to hand.
  • Step 3 - Explains the available revision material. We think it’s best to have already studied this before you book an appointment date.
  • Step 4 - Here you can view all the test centre locations. There are over 40 of them around the country. Choose the one that best suits you. 

Tip: Familiarise yourself with your ideal location as you are unable to select it at this stage of the booking and will need it for the booking form.

  • Step 5 - This step brings you to the booking form. Select ‘Schedule an Appointment’ and follow the instructions to choose a time and date that works best for you. You’ll then be asked to enter all your personal details. Double check that every detail is correct to avoid issues later. Payment can be made by Mastercard, Visa Credit/Debit, cheque or postal order.

Note: If you need to change the time of your test you must reschedule or cancel it no later than five business days before it. Otherwise you’ll lose your fee and must book a new test and pay again.

On the day of your Driver Theory Test

Each test centre offer test day assistance options for those who require extra support. These options include:

  • Voiceover option – questions and answers are read to you over headphones
  • Extra time allocation
  • Reader recorder service – a staff member will read the questions and answers to the candidate and record their answers on screen
  • Dyslexia Support Professional
  • ISL Video Clips or ISL Interpreter

You can watch a video of the testing experience to get a good feel for how the day will go.

After your Driver Theory Test

If you managed to pass the test the first time, you’ll be given a pass certificate that is valid for two years. You must take this certificate along with the necessary forms and ID to apply for a learner permit. If you don’t complete the application within two years, you’ll need to re-sit the Driver Theory Test.

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