New Changes to the Theory Test to be introduced
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) have announced that they will be making changes to the current Theory Test questions to make them more accessible to everyone.
The DVSA have teamed up with the British Dyslexia Association, the British Deaf Association and various other associations to make the test more accessible for candidates.
These new changes will be introduced on 1 May 2018 and will be in ‘plainer’ English.
The DVSA are changing the wording of the questions so that the candidate has to pick a statement to answer the question instead, which will make it easier for some candidates to understand.
An example of how the wording has changed is:
If you use a hands-free phone while you’re driving it’s likely that it will
- increase your safety
- increase your concentration
- increase your awareness
- decrease your concentration
If you use a hands-free phone while you’re driving what’s likely to happen?
- It will make you safer
- It will be easier for you to concentrate
- It will make you more aware
- It will be harder for you to concentrate
Making the Theory Test easier to understand
They have replaced words such as ‘increased’ and ‘decreased’ with simpler words such as bigger, smaller, longer, shorter. They have also removed or replaced longer words or phrases like ‘consumption’, ‘Vehicle Excise Duty’ or ‘medication’ with simpler words.
DVSA has also rephrased questions that contain negative language, to help candidates to understand the questions better. For example, ‘When should you NOT…?’ has been changed to ‘When should you…?’
DVSA trailed these revised questions with over 7,000 candidates to check whether they were easier to understand. Where the results of this trial showed a clear improvement or no significant difference, DVSA has replaced the question. Following the trial, 78 of the 88 revised questions have been used.
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