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.
The theory test is split among the following categories:
• A – motorcycles and mopeds (Driving licence categories AM, A1, A2, A),
Category B is usually the option for most beginner drivers.
The cost of each Driver Theory Test is as follows:
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:
Choosing between CD-ROM and book is down to personal preference. Both the CD-ROM and app are good for completing practice 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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
Each test centre offer test day assistance options for those who require extra support. These options include:
You can watch a video of the testing experience to get a good feel for how the day will go.
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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