This is the first of many upcoming lifestyle and advice-type posts. Don't get me wrong, I don't think of my self as the fount (or font?) of all knowledge but I love reading 'top tip' and advice posts and feel there are a few areas where I could share my thoughts and tips and get some feedback on your tips for various situations.
As many of you will have seen on my Instagram, I passed my driving test back in April this year! I was so relieved to pass both my theory and practical tests first time but it definitely took a lot of
blood work, sweat and tears to get there, as well as a bit of luck might I add. Today I thought I would share my top tips for passing your Theory Test, as these were the things that I felt really helped me with my test and might help you too!
Don’t just memorise but actually learn the stuff so you know it not only for the theory test but for your day-to-day driving too. This might sound obvious but at first I just tried to memorise the stuff for my theory test until it clicked that it IS actually applicable to everyday life (unlike the majority of tests I took before this one, such as needing to know different types of triangles for Maths exams or why the writer chose certain words in their poems for English exams...)
You can revise using the variety of books and websites available, but as well as general revision and learning, do lots of practice tests and note down any questions you were unsure of or guessed the answer to and write down the correct answer once you have had the test ‘marked’. Also note down the questions/answers you got wrong and learn the correct answer. This is a way of spotting any areas that you struggle with and need to work on. Also, DON’T FORGET THE HAZARD-PERCEPTION. This is an equally important part of the test so spend just as much time on this as the general theory and I personally feel that the best way to do this is to practice, practice, practice. This way you will know exactly when to click to get the most marks and you are prepared for a wide range of hazards to appear, as some are a lot less obvious than others and you might miss them if you don’t prepare for them.
Visit a variety of websites for revision and practice tests so that you get used to figuring out what is being asked, not just what the answer is. Different mock tests use different layouts for the questions, different wording in their questions and different questions altogether so this ensures you expect the unexpected!
As with any revision, creativity helps. If you’ve sat exams in the past you might already know the best revision techniques for you, but if not don’t be afraid to experiment. Personally, I find bullet-pointed lists and spider diagrams work best for me, but do whatever works for you – we all learn in different ways.
Everyone in the exam/test room is in the same position as you so don’t feel self-conscious or stressed, just go in and do your best. You might feel you finish quicker or slower than others around you but you don’t know how long they have been there and whether they are even doing the same test as you (when I did my exam there were people sitting not only car theory tests but also motorcycle and HGV tests I think!) If you are unsure of a question, go back to it at the end. I would definitely recommend going over all your answers once or twice before you finish the test but don’t overdo it – you might start doubting yourself! And guess what? If you don't pass straight away, you can do it again when you feel ready. No pressure at all!
What are your top tips for passing your Theory Test? How did you find the test if you've already sat it and if not, how will you prepare if you are planning on sitting it soon?
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