Driver Theory Test FAQs

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Booking your Test

How many test categories are there?

There are five separate Driver Theory Test categories:

Driver Theory Test CategoryExam NameRespective Learner Permit / Driving Licence Category
AMotorcycle/Moped Theory TestA, A1, A2 and AM
BCar/Tractor & Work Vehicles Theory TestB, BE and W
CTruck Theory TestC, CE, C1 and C1E
DBus Theory TestD, DE, D1 and D1E
CDBus & Truck Theory TestC, CE, C1, C1E, D, DE, D1 and D1E

There are also modular tests for both Bus and Truck candidates who have already completed a full Category C or D Theory Test; these are the Bus Module Test (BMT) and the Truck Module Test (TMT).

Exam NameRespective Learner Permit / Driving Licence Category
Truck Module Theory TestC, CE, C1 and C1E
Bus Module Theory TestD, DE, D1 and D1E

In addition to the above, specialised theory tests are delivered for the following categories:

How many Test Centres are there?

There are over 40 Driver Theory Test locations throughout the Republic of Ireland. You can choose a Test Centre that is most convenient to you. Please note that available appointment times may vary between Test Centres.

View Test Centres. You will be able to select your test centre and view its current appointment times at the online booking service.

How much will my test cost?

The official fees for the Driver Theory Test are laid out in the table below:

CategoryFee
A (Motorcycle/Moped) or B (Car/Tractor & Work Vehicles)€45.00
C (Truck) or D (Bus)€72.00
CD (Bus and Truck)€84.00
Bus Module Test (BMT)€45.00
Truck Module Test (TMT)€45.00

How can I pay for my test?

Accepted payment methods for all Driver Theory Test categories are Mastercard, Visa Credit/Debit, and cheque or postal order.

For a Driver Theory Test categories A (Motorcycle/Moped) or B (Car/Tractor & Work Vehicles) only, eVouchers are also accepted. These are available from Payzone outlets nationwide.

Is the test provided in the Irish Language?

Theory Tests are provided in the Irish language for Vehicle Categories A, B, C & D.

The new combined C & D Theory Test, Bus Module Test and Truck Module Test will only be provided in English until further notice.

A, B, C & D Test category names are displayed in English and Irish during the scheduling process – if displayed in Irish the test will be delivered in the Irish language.

Changing your Test

Can I reschedule or cancel my test?

Yes, you can reschedule or cancel your booking providing the request is made no later than 5 business days (to include 3 complete business days) prior to your test date. For example, to reschedule or cancel a test booked for a Friday you must inform us on the previous Monday or for a test booked for a Saturday you must inform us on the previous Monday.

Alternatively, please call our Candidate Services Team on 1890 606 106 (Lo-call rate) Monday to Friday from 8AM to 6PM.

Reschedule or cancel your Test online »

What happens if I miss my test appointment?

If you fail to arrive at the Test Centre in time for your test appointment, or cancel your test in less than 5 business days (to include 3 complete business days) prior to your test date, you will lose your test fee.

Taking your Test

What happens when I get to the Test Centre?

Firstly, the Test Centre staff will check if you have the required identification(s) and two identical colour passport-sized photographs in order to test. Please note that if you do not bring the required identification(s) with you or you are late for your appointment you will not be allowed to test and you will lose your test fee.

Then, you will be signed in and a Test Centre Administrator (TCA) will explain the procedures and how the test works. They will then show you to the workstation where you will take your test.

You can view our Test Centre experience by clicking on the screen below:

How long will the test take and how many questions must I answer correctly?

You will be given a specific timeframe and number of questions depending on the your Driver Theory Test category. The questions are selected randomly from the question bank for the relevant test sections.

CategoryTimeQuestionsPass Mark
A or B 45 mins4035
C or D100 mins10074
CD140 mins140104
Bus Module Test45 mins4030
Truck Module Test45 mins4030

If I get stuck, can I miss questions out and go back to them?

Yes, you can skip or mark questions and then come back to them at any stage within your test time.

If I make a mistake, can I change my mind and select another answer?

Yes, there is a simple way to cancel your answer and select another.

What happens if I am caught cheating during my test?

Any attempt by a candidate to cheat in the Driver Theory Test is taken seriously. Prometric Ireland Ltd. is employed by the Road Safety Authority to deliver the Driver Theory Test in a secure environment, to protect the integrity of the test and to provide a fair and equal opportunity to all candidates who sit the test. Any attempts to cheat that contravene this secure and fair environment are reported immediately to the Road Safety Authority.

If an incident of cheating occurs, it will be reviewed on a case by case basis. On foot of the review, a non-testing period may be applied to a candidate. During this period, the candidate is not permitted to book or sit a Driver Theory Test. The candidate will be informed in writing if a non-testing period is to be applied and the duration of this period. Finally, we also wish to remind you that the Test Centre is video and audio monitored at all times.

A maximum non-testing period of 3 months from the test date is applied to candidates caught cheating.

If I finish the test early can I leave?

Yes, you can exit your test at any time you see fit.

Test Results

When do I find out if I have passed?

Once you have completed your Driver Theory Test, before you leave the Test Centre, you will be handed a score report with your results. If you pass the test you will also be handed a Driver Theory Test certificate, which is required to obtain a learner permit for your chosen vehicle category.

What are the next steps when I pass?

You can apply for your learner permit to the National Driver Licence Service (NDLS) centres nationwide. Please go to the Applying for your Licence page for further details.

What if I lose my pass certificate?

You can request a duplicate of your Driver Theory Test certificate by calling 1890 606 106 (Lo-call rate) to speak to our Candidate Service Team who are available Monday to Friday from 8AM to 6PM (excluding public holidays).

You will be asked to provide personal and test details, such as your name, address, date of birth and test confirmation number (provided in the confirmation email/letter you received for your test).

Please note that a fee of €15.00 is payable for this process. Acceptable payment methods are: Mastercard or Visa Credit/Debit Cards.

What if I am unhappy with my Driver Theory Test Result?

You can request a rescore of your Driver Theory Test by calling 1890 606 106 (Lo-call rate) to speak to our Candidate Service Team who are available Monday to Friday from 8AM to 6PM (excluding public holidays).

You will be asked to provide personal and test details, such as your name, address, date of birth and test confirmation number (provided in the confirmation email/letter you received for your test).

Please note that a fee of €15.00 is payable for this process. Acceptable payment methods are: Mastercard or Visa Credit/Debit Card.

If I fail, will I be told where I went wrong?

Once you have completed your Driver Theory Test, before you leave the Test Centre, you will be handed a score report with your results. This report will show the specific category areas where you answered questions incorrectly.

If I fail, how soon can I take the test again?

You will have to wait at least 3 complete business days before you are able to re-sit your test.

For how long is my Driver Theory Test Certificate valid?

Your Driver Theory Test Certificate is only valid for 2 years from the date of your test. If you have not submitted an application to the National Driver Licence Service (NDLS) centres for your first learner permit within 2 years of your test, you will have to sit and pay for the test again.

General Information

What is a Bus or Truck Module Theory Test?

Please Note; only drivers who have passed a Full Category C (Truck) Theory Test or full Category D (Bus) Theory Test on or after September 30th, 2014, are eligible to sit a Bus or Truck Module Theory Test.These tests can be taken in addition to either the full Bus Theory Test or full Truck Theory Test. For example; when a candidate sits and passes the Bus Driver Theory Test this provides them with a Driver Theory Test Certificate in driving a bus, plus the first part of the Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC). If within two years of passing the full Bus Driver Theory Test the candidate decides they would like to be able to drive a truck also, they can sit the Truck Module Theory Test, meaning that they do not need to sit the full Truck Driver Theory Test.

However, if the candidate decides they would also like to be able to drive a truck two years after they initially sat the full Bus Theory Test, this exemption will expire and they will be required to sit the full Truck Theory Test as normal. To book your Bus Module Test please call our Candidate Services Team on 1890 606 106 (Lo-call rate) Monday to Friday from 8AM to 6PM.

Is www.theorytest.ie the only official site for booking a Driver Theory Test?

Yes, www.theorytest.ie is the only official site for booking a Theory Test or learning about our testing services.

Please note: Occasionally unofficial sites offer services whereby they make a Driver Theory Test booking on behalf of a candidate. These sites often charge more than the standard fee for Theory Tests, and do not provide any support to candidates who wish to change or cancel their exams. They also provide incorrect information regarding the times and dates of exams.

We advise that a candidate only use the official site www.theorytest.ie when booking an exam, or call our Customer Cares Team on Lo-Call 1890 606 106.

Who operates the Driver Theory Test service?

The Official Driver Theory Test service is operated by Prometric Ireland Ltd. on behalf of the Road Safety Authority.

I have difficulty with reading and writing, will this affect my ability to complete the test?

There are various options to accommodate candidates who may require special assistance to take their test. For instance, we offer a voiceover option whereby the questions and answers are read out to the candidate over the headphones; we can allow extra time for the candidate to take the test; we also offer a reader recorder service whereby a staff member will read the questions and answers to the candidate and record their answer on screen.

To avail of extra time or a reader recorder service during your test, please write to us with evidence on official headed paper from a teacher, doctor or professional person confirming the assistance you require. This should be posted to: Driver Theory Test, PO Box 788, Togher, Cork.

Please note the voiceover option can be selected upon booking your test online or via telephone.

Should you require further assistance please contact our Candidate Services Team via email at theorytesthelp@prometric.com or call 1890 606 106 (Lo-call rate), Monday to Friday from 8AM to 6PM (excluding public holidays).

Is there test revision material that I can purchase and where can I get it?

Categories A & B

The Official Driver Theory Test Questions and Answers, Motorcycles, Cars and Work Vehicles – 6th Edition, October 2013 should be studied for Driver Theory Test for categories A (Motorcycle/Moped) or B (Car/Tractor & Work Vehicles).

Categories C & D

The Official Driver Theory Test Questions and Answers, Truck and Bus (including Step 1 and Step 2 of Driver CPC) – 6th Edition, October 2013 should be studied for Driver Theory Test categories C (Truck), D (Bus) or CD (Bus and Truck).

In addition to the above, C, D and CD candidates can also study the RSA Rules of the Road Book and related manuals, such as The Official DSA Guide to Driving Buses / Coaches and Heavy Goods Vehicles.

Bus & Truck Module Test Candidates

The Official Driver Theory Test Questions and Answers, Truck and Bus (including Step 1 and Step 2 of Driver CPC) – 6th Edition, October 2013: for Driver Theory Tests categories C (Truck), D (Bus) and CD (Bus and Truck). This book contains information specific to both the Bus & Truck Module Tests, and will assist candidates in successfully completing a modular theory test in either Category C or D.

The official revision materials are available to purchase:

I am not very computer literate, will this be an issue?

The Driver Theory Test is presented in a very easy-to-use format and usually poses no problems for candidates with limited experience using computers. A simple tutorial is presented at the beginning of the test which will explain how the test works. The test can be taken with an easy-to-use touch screen or by using a mouse and keyboard.

What do I do if I wish to add another category to my current driving licence?

You are required to pass a Driver Theory Test if it is your first learner permit / provisional licence in a specific category. You must submit your application to the National Driver Licence Service (NDLS) centres and provide the Driver Theory Test certificate in respect of the category you are applying for.

What is the Driver Theory Test Anti-social behaviour policy?

In the interest of maintaining a quiet and professional testing environment for all candidates, we ask that all Driver Theory Test candidates behave in a respectful and appropriate manner when attending the Test Centre. Abusive and anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated at the Test Centres.

Should a Driver Theory Test candidate behave in an unsatisfactory manner, it is possible that the candidate may not be permitted to test and may be asked to leave the Test Centre. The Gardaí will be contacted if necessary. If an incident of abusive and/or anti-social behaviour occurs, it will be reviewed on a case by case basis. On foot of the review, a non-testing period may be applied to a candidate. During this period, the candidate is not permitted to book or sit a Driver Theory Test. The candidate will be informed in writing if a non-testing period is to be applied and the duration of this period. Finally, we also wish to remind you that the Test Centre is video and audio monitored at all times.

A maximum non-testing period of 3 months from the test date may be applied to candidates demonstrating anti-social behaviour.