Free Motorcycle Theory Test Practice 2022

Are you about to get your motorcycle license? Well, then you’ve come to the right place. Our motorcycle theory tests will help you massively along the way.

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What to expect on the MC theory test
Number of questions:
50
Correct answers needed to pass:
43
Passing score:
86%
Minimum age to take test:
16 yrs (AM)
17 yrs (A1)
19 yrs (A2)
21 yrs (A)
Length of test:
57min
Minimum period between attempts:
3days
Failure rate:
28.60%
What to expect on the MC hazard perception test
Number of video questions:
14
Number of points:
75
Points needed to pass:
44
Passing score:
66%
You will need to take the motorcycle theory test before you can move on to the practical test. It is divided into two parts:
  • Multiple Choice - The multiple-choice part of the test consists of 50 multiple choice test questions from a range of topics related to motorcycle rules and safety. You need a score of at least 43 to pass.
  • Hazard Perception - The hazard perception part of the test consists of 14 computer-generated video clips in which you need to identify developing hazards. You will receive a score from 0 to 5 depending on how quickly you identify the developing hazard. You need to score at least 44 out of 75 to pass.
To prepare for these tests, we have a huge database of mock practice questions and clips licensed by DVSA that are nearly identical to the questions and clips on the real test.

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Learn All Theory Test Categories

Our multiple-choice questions cover all 14 motorcycle theory test categories that are on the test, such as Alertness, Attitude, Documents, Hazard Awareness, Incidents & Emergencies, Motorcycle Handling, Motorcycle Loading, Motorway Rules, Other Vehicles, Road Signs, Rules of the Road, Safety and Your Motorcycle, Safety Margins, and Vulnerable Road Users.

UK Motorcycle FAQ

  • You’ll instantly know if you pass or fail the exam. To pass, you need a passing score on both parts of the test. If you fail either part, you will have to re-do the entire exam. Make sure you come well prepared as it’s time-wasting and costly to fail.
  • You won’t be able to book the motorbike practical test until you have completed and passed the theory test. After passing your theory test, DVSA will provide you with a completion certificate that lasts for two years.
  • You can book the motorbike theory test for £23. This cost includes both parts of the exam. If you have to cancel your exam, for any reason, you must provide at least 3 working days notice or you will lose the theory test fee.
  • To sit the test, you will need to bring valid identification, such as a valid driving licence or a passport. Failure to bring valid identification will result in you not being allowed to sit the test.
  • After completing your theory test, you won’t receive your licence just yet. Your next step is to complete Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) which is a requirement for taking the motorbike practical test. CBT training consists of classroom and practical skills training and is carried out by DVSA.
  • Once you finish CBT, you’ll receive a certificate that lets you book the practical test. The practical test is split into two modules that must be taken in order - Module One and Module Two.
  • Module One involves a series of off-road exercises around a circuit that is enclosed with coloured cones. You will also be quizzed on carrying passengers and on safety check questions about your bike. Module One costs £15,50.
  • Module Two is when you ride on a public road observed by an examiner. The examiner will assess your ability to ride, control your bike, and interact with other road users. You’ll receive all instruction through a radio receiver. Module Two costs between £75 to £88,50 depending on when you book the test.
Questions

You're on a road with passing places. It's only wide enough for one vehicle. A car is coming towards you. What should you do? 

APull into a passing place on your right
BForce the other driver to reverse
CTurn round and ride back to the main road
Pull into a passing place on your left

If you meet another vehicle on a narrow road and the passing place is on your left, pull into it. If the passing place is on your right, wait opposite it. 

What can rapid acceleration and heavy braking lead to? 

AReduced pollution
Increased fuel consumption
CReduced exhaust emissions
DIncreased road safety

Using the controls smoothly can reduce fuel consumption by about 15%, as well as reducing wear and tear on your vehicle. Plan ahead and anticipate changes of speed well in advance. This will reduce the need to accelerate rapidly or brake sharply. 

When approaching a right-hand bend, you should keep well to the left. Why is this? 

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To improve your view of the road
BTo overcome the effect of the road’s slope
CTo let faster traffic from behind overtake
DTo be positioned safely if you skid

Doing this will give you an earlier view around the bend and enable you to see any hazards sooner. It also reduces the risk of collision with an oncoming vehicle that may have drifted over the centre line while taking the bend. 

What can incorrect wheel alignment cause? 

AA serious loss of power
BReduced braking performance
Increased tyre wear
DReduced ground clearance

If a motorcycle’s wheels are incorrectly aligned, tyres may wear unevenly and the motorcycle can become unstable, especially when cornering.  

You're riding a motorcycle that has an engine of less than 50 cc. What should you do if you see a queue of traffic building up behind? 

AKeep well out to stop vehicles overtaking dangerously
BWave vehicles behind you to pass if you think they can overtake
Pull in when you can to let faster vehicles behind you overtake
DGive a left signal when it's safe for vehicles to overtake you

Try not to hold up a queue of traffic. This might lead to other road users becoming impatient and attempting dangerous manoeuvres. If you’re riding a slow-moving scooter or small motorcycle and a queue of traffic has built up behind you, look for a safe place to pull in so they can pass safely. 

When will your vehicle use more fuel? 

When its tyres are under-inflated
BWhen its tyres are of different makes
CWhen its tyres are over-inflated
DWhen its tyres are new

Check your tyre pressures frequently – normally once a week. If they're lower than those recommended by the manufacturer, there will be more ‘rolling resistance’. The engine will have to work harder to overcome this, leading to increased fuel consumption. 

Which vehicles should use the left-hand lane on a three-lane motorway? 

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Any vehicle
BLarge vehicles only
CEmergency vehicles only
DSlow vehicles only

On a motorway, all traffic should use the left-hand lane unless overtaking. When overtaking a number of slower vehicles, move back to the left-hand lane when you’re safely past. Check your mirrors frequently and don’t stay in the middle or right-hand lane if the left-hand lane is free. 

On a road where trams operate, which of these vehicles will be most at risk from the tram rails? 

ACars
Cycles
CBuses
DLorries

The narrow wheels of a bicycle can become stuck in the tram rails, causing the cyclist to stop suddenly, wobble or even lose balance altogether. The tram lines are also slippery, which could cause a cyclist to slide or fall off. 

You're approaching roadworks on a motorway. What should you do? 

ASpeed up to clear the area quickly
BAlways use the hard shoulder
Obey all speed limits
DStay very close to the vehicle in front

Collisions often happen at roadworks. Be aware of the speed limits, slow down in good time and keep your distance from the vehicle in front. 

You're following a large vehicle. Why should you stay a safe distance behind it? 

AYou'll be able to corner more quickly
BYou'll help the large vehicle to stop more easily
You'll allow the driver to see you in their mirrors
DYou'll keep out of the wind better

If you're following a large vehicle but are so close to it that you can't see its exterior mirrors, the driver won't be able to see you. Keeping well back will also allow you to see the road ahead by looking past on either side of the large vehicle. 

You need to top up your battery. What level should you fill it to? 

AThe top of the battery
BHalfway up the battery
CJust below the cell plates
Just above the cell plates

Top up the battery with distilled water and make sure each cell plate is covered. 

What's a rumble device designed to do? 

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AGive directions
BPrevent cattle escaping
CAlert you to low tyre pressure
Alert you to a hazard

A rumble device consists of raised markings or strips across the road, designed to give drivers an audible, visual and tactile warning. These devices are used in various locations, including in the line separating the hard shoulder and the left-hand lane on the motorway and on the approach to some hazards, to alert drivers to the need to slow down. 

When are you allowed to stop on a motorway? 

AWhen you need to walk and get fresh air
BWhen you wish to pick up hitchhikers
When you're signalled to do so by flashing red lights
DWhen you need to use a mobile telephone

You must stop if overhead gantry signs show flashing red lights above every lane on the motorway. If any of the other lanes doesn't show flashing red lights or a red cross, you may move into that lane and continue if it's safe to do so. 

Who should obey diamond-shaped traffic signs? 

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Tram drivers
BBus drivers
CLorry drivers
DTaxi drivers

These signs apply only to tram drivers, but you should know their meaning so that you’re aware of the priorities and are able to anticipate the actions of the driver. 

What should you do when riding at night? 

AGive arm signals
Wear reflective clothing
CWear a tinted visor
DRide in the centre of the road

At night, you should wear clothing with reflective material, to help other road users to see you. If your jacket doesn’t have reflective patches, you could wear garments that do, such as:

  • a hi-visibility vest or tabard
  • a reflective belt

    Also use your headlights on dipped or main beam, as appropriate. 

When should you wear full protective clothing while riding a motorcycle? 

At all times
BOnly on faster, open roads
CJust on long journeys
DOnly during bad weather

Protective clothing is designed to protect you from the cold and wet. It also gives you some protection from injury, so it's important that you always wear protective clothing when you ride. 

What must you do before stopping normally? 

APut both feet down
BSelect first gear
Use your mirrors
DMove into neutral

Check your mirrors before slowing down or stopping, as there could be vehicles close behind you. If necessary, turn and look behind before stopping. 

What's the legal minimum depth of tread for motorcycle tyres? 

1 mm
B1.6 mm
C2.5 mm
D4 mm

The law says that the entire original tread must be visible, with a depth of at least 1 mm in a continuous band across at least three-quarters of the breadth of the tread. However, your tyres are your only contact with the road, so it's recommended that you replace them before they get to this level. 

You're on a three-lane motorway. There are red reflective studs on your left and white ones to your right. Which lane are you in? 

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AIn the right-hand lane
BIn the middle lane
COn the hard shoulder
In the left-hand lane

The colours of the reflective studs on the motorway and their locations are:

  • red – between the hard shoulder and the carriageway
  • white – between lanes
  • amber – between the carriageway and the central reservation
  • green – along slip-road exits and entrances
  • bright green/yellow – at roadworks and contraflow systems

What can motorcyclists do to improve their safety on the road? 

Anticipate the actions of others
BStay just above the speed limit
CKeep positioned close to the kerb
DRemain well below the speed limit

Always ride defensively. This means looking and planning ahead, as well as anticipating the actions of other road users. 

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