If you’re looking to become an HGV driver, there are a lot of exciting times ahead of you. But after you put in some time behind the wheel, learning from a qualified instructor, it will be time to take your theory test. Now for some people, those words are enough to start a cold sweat. Horrible memories of sitting exams at school, walking into strange test centres at 17 and taking your very first theory test – it’s enough to start you shaking with nerves all over again! But don’t worry, your HGV theory test is a different kettle of fish. And if you’re preparing to take your HGV test, we have a few tips for you.
One of the worst things about walking into a test is not knowing what you will face there. This means you need to know and understand what the theory test involves so that you’re ready to take it. To give you a brief explanation, your HGV theory will include 100 multiple choice questions, covering all aspects of the safe operation of an HGV. There will also be a hazard perception section that includes a written element, as well as 19 videos for you to watch, each with 20 potential hazards for you to spot. These videos also come with 100 multiple choice questions.
There is no preparation better than practice. And just like with your standard driving test, you will be able to practice the HGV theory text beforehand. There are plenty of websites available, and our instructors can point you towards the best examples. Most of these practice theory tests are real tests that have been used in the past, so they are exactly the same format as the test you will take, with the same kinds of questions you will be asked too. Practice tests help you get into the right mindset for the test, and help you make your mistakes before you walk into the real thing.
The hazard perception is the section that trips most people up, mainly because you have to identify 380 hazards, spread over 19 videos, some of which are difficult to distinguish between normal activity and actual dangerous behaviour. If you identify the wrong thing as a hazard, then you could lose points and risk failing the test. Again, the best (and probably only) way to get around this is practising the hazard perception section. Online hazard perception tests are the perfect way to make your mistakes and learn from them before the real thing.
And of course, you can always ask for help! At The HGV Training Centre, we have a team of specialist trainers on hand to help support and guide you through your theory test. From telling you what it’s about, walking you through the format, teaching you the answers and quizzing you before you take it, we will do everything we can to help you pass your HGV theory test. So if you need help, support, or just have questions, all you’ve got to do is get in touch and ask!
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