Are you looking to begin your journey of turning into a qualified HGV driver? Great! You have our respect. It is indeed a long road, but there are great rewards and we cannot wait to help you get closer to your new career. In the UK, one of the most important qualifications for driving a HGV is the Driver CPC. In order to get this certification, you need to go through medical exams and extensive training, plus two practical tests and two theory exams. In this article, we’re going to guide you through the entire theory test process, making sure you’re prepared to easily get CPC qualified.
Booking the Test
Unsurprisingly, booking the theory test is the easiest part of the entire process. Once you feel you’re prepared, all you need to do is visit the official website to find the nearest testing centre and book your test. You can book through third party sites as well, if you like, but they’ll often add a commission to the price, so you’ll have to pay more. The theory test should cost you a total of £7. It can be adapted to individuals with reading or hearing difficulties and even translated into other languages – simply contact the test centre if you have such a need.
During the Test
Once the day of the test comes, you need to get to the centre in time and bring identification (your provisional license will do) as well as the booking confirmation. Without it, you may not be able to take the exam. Once it’s all checked, you will be guided to a computer station and handed a pair of headphones, so you can begin.
Multiple Choice Questions
The simplest part of the test – the multiple choice is what it says on the tin. Simply pick the correct answer from your options and move on to the next until you’re done. It is a relatively intensive test, with 100 questions to answer in 115 minutes. In order to pass, you’ll need to get 85 right. Keep in mind that some questions have more than one right answer (the test notifies you when they do) and remember you can ‘flag’ a question and come back to it later if you don’t know the answer.
Hazard Perception Exam
During the hazard perception part, you’ll have to watch a few films and identify hazardous situations in them. There are a total of 19 films and 20 hazards (one of the films has two), and you’ll have to identify them as quickly as possible. The quicker you are to identify a hazard, the more points you’re going to get. There is a total of 100 points to score in this test and you need to score 65 in order to pass. Some people believe they can pass the section by clicking randomly or in a certain pattern – don’t even try it. If you do something like that, you’ll get a warning and score 0 points for that film – and if you insist, you’ll end up with 0 for your total score.
What If I Fail?
Even the best of us have a bad day from time to time – it could happen to anyone. Inevitably, some people will fail when taking the Driver CPC theory test for the first time. There’s no need to worry though since tests are scored independently, your past marks will never affect your future scores. You can apply to take the exam another time, free of charge, so don’t put that much pressure on yourself.