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Review: the best theory test practice apps

When it comes to passing your theory test, you're in complete control. Unlike in your practical driving test (where anything can happen), you know exactly what's coming and all you have to do is practise enough. You even get to sit down and take your time, in a nice quiet room.

I do advise getting the DVSA book but if you're out and about most of the time, you can't beat a theory test app for quick practice. However, there are a LOT of apps - free and not free. How do you pick?

Sure, there are reviews in the app store, but when it comes to something as important as practising the theory test questions, you need more to go on than 'This app is gud'. So, martyr that I am, I decided to test a few out.

What I'm looking for:

  • The latest theory test question set
  • How close it is to the real theory test
  • How realistic the hazard perception is
  • How easy it is to use
  • How much it costs

I'll warn you now: the free theory test apps are not worth the space on your phone. Even if they have the right questions, they'll be a limited set so you buy the full app.

  1. Driving Test Success: Theory Test by Focus Multimedia

  2. ALL the official revision questions from the DVSA, the people who set the tests
    Theory test success app
    Theory test success app
    Theory test success app

    What I thought

    Kinda wish I'd had this app when I was revising my theory test. Why didn't I spend £2 on this app? It would have been so much better than waiting until 8pm every night to plague my boyfriend with arguments about whether the DVSA theory test book is wrong. (It's not.)

    It is just like the actual theory test (skinnied down for mobile) and does fancy stuff like tracking how you're improving with each mock test you do. Only downside: no hazard perception.

    Among other awards, this app won Best Theory Test App from Auto Express Magazine in August 2015. It gets an imaginary award I'll call 'ingenie Best Theory Test App 2015' from us.

    Features:

    • Multiple choice questions
    • Mock tests
    • Interactive case study questions
    • Official DVSA explanations
    • Feedback and review
    • Customisation that lets you go over your weaker areas
    • Progress monitor
    • Free support
    Price OS ingenie rating Best feature
    £2.48 iOS and Android ★★★★✩ Customisable question set
     
  3. Official DVSA Complete Theory Test Kit

  4. The ONLY OFFICIAL Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) app for the car theory and hazard perception test. Written by DVSA - the people who set the tests.
    Theory test date planner
    Theory test questions
    Hazard perception app
     

    What I thought

    This theory test app is only available for iPhone (I'm an Android girl) so I had to borrow a phone to try it out. Minus a point there.

    It's a hefty price compared to the others but when you consider that the cost of failing your theory test is £25, it seems like a fair price if it works.

    The major bonus of this theory test app is that it's got hazard perception built in, which I couldn't find anywhere else. It's also the OFFICIAL (official, OK? They really want you to know it's official.) DVSA theory test app, so you can't get much closer than that to the real thing.

    I like how it works (the hazard perception is spot on) and it's very thorough. Only things marking it down are that it's not available for Android and it's the most pricey theory test app available.

    Features:

    • Official multiple choice questions
    • Mock tests
    • Interactive case study questions
    • Official DVSA explanations
    • Hazard perception
    • Test date reminder
    • Progress monitor
    • Highway Code
    • Extra study guides
    Price OS ingenie rating Best feature
    £4.99 iOS only ★★★★✩ Hazard perception
     
  5. AA Theory Test for Car Drivers by Abel Learning

  6. Become a safer driver and prepare for your theory test
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    What I thought

    Yeah, it's got all the questions but most of the ones that involve an image are too small for you to actually tell what it is you're looking at. [Edit: I later figured out you can tap the image to enlarge it but I still think it's a bit silly.]

    In the revision section the Hint option is good - it pops up a little explanation so you learn WHY an answer is correct.

    Generally, not that impressed by this theory test app. It may be cheap but it's full of AA driving lesson ads and it's not the nicest app to use. Too much squinting at minuscule pictures.

    Features:

    • Multiple choice questions
    • Mock tests
    • Interactive case study questions
    • Progress monitor
    • Official DVSA explanations
    Price OS ingenie rating Best feature
    £2.29 iOS and Android ★★★✩✩ Pop up Hint explanation

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Honor joined ingenie in 2014 and is in charge of words on the Young Driver's Guide and blog. Her first car is a Peugeot 206 cabriolet, which is a very sensible choice for the British climate. Follow her on .