The Test

Motorcycle Theory Test

Before you can undertake a motorcycle practical test, you must pass a theory test, which are held at Driving Standards Agency test centres.

The theory test is in two sections; you need to successfully pass both sections at the same time to pass the test. The test centre will issue your result soon after you have completed the test:

Part 1 Multiple Choice

This section consists of 50 multiple-choice question conducted on a touch screen computer. The pass mark is 43 or more questions.

Part 2 Hazard Perception

This section consists of 14 short video clips featuring different types of hazards. When you see a hazard developing that would result on a road user having to take some action e.g. braking, you click the mouse on the computer. The pass mark is a minimum of 43 marks out of 75 to pass


Motorcycle Practical test

The new motorcycle test went live on Monday 27 April 2009. It aims to improve the standard of road safety for motorcycle and moped riders. This user group has been identified as having a high risk of injury or death, this is particularly the case for young and inexperienced riders.

Reporting for your practical test

You must bring the following items with you to both module 1 and module 2 of your test. If you do not, the Driving Standards Agency may refuse to carry out the test and you may lose your fee.

  • provisional licence and paper counterpart
  • valid DL196
  • valid theory test certificate
  • valid module 1 test pass certificate when presenting for module 2 only
What will the test include?

The new test will be completed in two modules. The specified manoeuvres conducted at specific speeds will be tested in module 1 on safe off-road sites.

These specified manoeuvres are:

  • at least two manoeuvres carried out at slow speed, including a slalom
  • at least two manoeuvres carried out at higher speed, of which one exercise should be in second or third gear, at a speed of at least 30 km/h (approx. 19 mph) and one exercise avoiding an obstacle at a minimum speed of 50 km/h (approx. 32 mph)
  • at least two braking manoeuvres, including an emergency brake at a minimum speed of 50 km/h (approx. 32 mph)


On the day of your module 1 test, you will be asked by the examiner to demonstrate your riding ability on either the left-hand or right-hand circuit. The standard off-road layout may change because of local conditions on the casual sites.


If you demonstrate riding skills of a dangerously incompetent level during module 1, you will not be allowed to take module 2.

If you pass module 1 you will receive a test pass certificate which you must bring with you when you take module 2.

Module 2 of the test is made up of the eyesight test, road safety questions and at least 30 minutes of road riding. Road riding will cover a variety of road and traffic conditions and will also include normal stops, hill and angle starts.


You need to hold one of the following licences to take part in your training:

  • A full UK car licence.
  • A provisional car licence with valid provisional motorcycle entitlement (Category A) or to ride a moped, provisional moped entitlement (Category P)
  • An EU licence with a valid UK counterpart (D58/2) showing provisional motorcycle entitlement (under additional UK provisional entitlement)