Turn to our trusted, locally run training centre in Sale, Manchester for motorcycle theory tests and riding tests. At Scotti Knights, our qualified instructors are here to help you organise and prepare for both your theory and practical exams. Before you attempt to obtain your full motorcycle licence, you’ll need to complete CBT. To book your theory test, use our direct link to the DSA website here.
The theory test is made up of two parts – multiple choice and hazard perception. Both parts are delivered using a computer and you must pass both parts in order to pass the theory test. Even if you fail one and pass the other, this will count as a fail for the whole test.
The questions in each multiple-choice test vary according to the category of vehicle for which you hope to obtain a licence. For instance, a motorcycle theory test will contain specific questions that do not appear in any other test. On the hazard perception test, there are no variations for different vehicles. Each vehicle category requires the same test, but the pass mark will vary accordingly.
Before the test begins, you will be given instructions on how it works. There is also an optional practice session of multiple-choice questions available to enable you to get used to the layout of the test.
During the test, a question and several answer options will appear on a screen and you will be required to select the correct answer by touching the screen. Some questions may require more than one answer.
You will be asked 50 questions in 57 minutes. You may navigate between questions and “flag” questions that you want to return to later in the test. The pass mark for the multiple-choice part of the theory test is 43 out of 50.
After this part of the test is complete, you may have a break of up to 3 minutes before undertaking the next part.
The second part of your theory test will begin with a short video tutorial to explain how the test will work. The hazard perception test is also delivered on a computer, but you will respond by clicking a button on the mouse to select developing hazards in 14 different video clips of everyday road scenes.
Each clip will feature at least 1 developing hazard, but one of the clips will feature 2 hazards for you to identify. To achieve a high score, you will need to respond to the developing hazard during the early part of its development. The maximum score for each hazard is 5 points.
You will not be allowed to review your answers to the hazard perception test. As on the road, you will only have one chance to respond to developing hazards. The pass mark for the hazard perception part of the theory test is 44 out of 75. This may vary for different categories of test.
After completing the test, you may leave the examination room. You will not be permitted to re-enter the room after leaving and you will be given your result by the test centre staff.
Module 1 is an arena-based test that normally takes about 20 minutes. Taking place in an off-road area that is safe for manoeuvring, the test includes:
Module 1 – Arena Test
Pushing the Bike and Using the Stand
Riding a Slalom and Figure of 8
A Slow Ride and U-Turn
Cornering and Controlled Stop
Cornering and the Emergency Stop
Cornering and Hazard Avoidance
There is a minimum speed for the hazard avoidance and emergency stop exercises, which is approximately 19 mph for mopeds and 31 mph for motorcycles.
Module 2 is the on-road module. A Module 1 pass certificate is required for the Module 2 test Normally lasting around 40 minutes, the test includes:
Module 2 – On-Road Test
For the eyesight test, you will be required to correctly read a number plate on a parked vehicle. The vehicle will be at least 20 metres away if it has a new-style number plate, (e.g. AB51 ABC) and 20.5 metres away if it has an old-style number plate.
If you can’t pass the eyesight test, you’ll fail your test and the test won’t continue. If you can’t speak English or have difficulty reading, you can write down what you see.
Your examiner will ask you to answer a series of safety questions. Visit Vehicle Safety Questions for Motorcycle Tests to download a list (PDF, 15KB) of all of the questions you could be asked.
Followed by an examiner, you will be required to ride in a variety of road and traffic conditions. Providing directions using a radio, the examiner will normally follow you on another motorcycle and ask you to perform:
An Angle Start (Pulling out from Behind a Parked Vehicle)
A Hill Start (Where Possible)
The test will also include approximately 10 minutes of independent riding. This is designed to assess your ability to ride safely while making your own decisions.
When you take your Module 2 test, there are various types of fault, including:
Module 2 Pass Mark
A Dangerous Fault – Involving Actual Danger to You, the Examiner, the Public, or Property
A Serious Fault – Potentially Dangerous to You, the Examiner, the Public, or Property
A Rider Fault – Not Potentially Dangerous, but Incorrect
You will automatically fail if you make 1 Serious or Dangerous fault. More than 10 Rider faults will be considered a failure too.
At the end of each module, the examiner will tell you if you have passed or not and give you feedback on your riding. When you pass Module 1, you’ll get your Module 1 pass certificate which you’ll need when you take module 2. When you pass Module 2, you’ll be told how to claim your test pass and get your full licence.