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The first test a bus or coach driver trainee will take is the PCV theory test. New drivers need to pass this test before they can begin the practical skills training that will prepare them for the final two tests of the four-test CPC regimen. It is by no means a university level final exam, but the PCV theory test is not easy either. It is for this reason that the HGV Training Centre offers preparatory classes, either independently or as part of our overall PCV training programme.

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The PCV theory test is a two-part test that can be booked and taken during a single session at your local testing facility. Drivers who prefer can book the two parts separately, but both parts need to be passed within two years of one another to remain valid. Furthermore, the driver can rebook either part of the test immediately upon failure. He or she need only wait three days before actually taking the failed section or sections again.

Multiple-Choice Section

The first part of the PCV theory test is the multiple-choice section. For this part, you will be seated in front of a computer screen where you will be presented with 100 multiple-choice questions relating to general highway safety and the basic concepts of driving large, commercial vehicles. You must answer 85 of the 100 questions correctly in order to pass this section.

The total time allotted for this section of the test is roughly one hour and 55 minutes. So make sure you are well rested and able to sit and concentrate for that of amount time. Here are some quick tips that have proven useful for taking any multiple-choice test; they should be equally helpful for the PCV theory test:

It goes without saying that actual knowledge is far superior to any of the four tips listed above. The point in listing the tips was to help you make a reasonable guess on a question for which you are not positively sure of the answer. You can avoid having to use these tips by studying hard in preparing for the theory test.


Hazard Avoidance Section

The second part of the PCV theory test is the hazard avoidance section. This section has been updated to bring it in line with CPC requirements now in place. It involves watching a series of 19 videos in which there is a total of 20 developing hazards you are expected to identify.

As you watch each video, you are expected to recognise both potential and developing hazards. However, you are only scored on identifying the latter. The quicker you identify and click on it using the computer mouse, the better you score. You earn no points for a video in which you did not identify the developing hazard in question; you will also not receive any points if you simply click indiscriminately within a video, as this is determined to be random guessing rather than actual hazard perception.

This portion of the test has a maximum score of 100. You must score at least 67 to pass. You will know immediately upon completion of both parts of the theory test whether or not you have passed. If you have, you can then begin your practical skills training as well as making preparations for the second test you will be taking: the case studies test.

Important Tips for Passing the PCV Theory Test

As with any other test, there are things you can do beforehand to improve your chances of passing. As previously stated, knowledge is the best tool you can take into the testing session with you. Knowledge not only provides the answers you need to pass, but it also gives you the confidence to approach your test with the right kind of mindset.

Here are some tips offered by the instructors here at the HGV Training Centre. Utilising these tips will ensure you are more than ready to take the PCV theory test when that time comes:

There is no guarantee that you will pass both sections of the PCV theory test on the first try. Should you fail one or both parts, it is not the end of the world. Rebook your tests right away, and then resume preparations for the second try. You can do this if you put your mind to it.

We Are Ready to Assist You

Many people who fail one or both parts of the PCV theory test do so after making the decision to prepare by themselves. If you are considering taking the test without first participating in a preparatory class, can we encourage you to rethink that decision? Preparatory classes are incredibly advantageous.

Our classes are so effective that we can proudly say we have a 92% first-time pass rate for the PCV theory test. For the small amount of money you will invest, you will gain all of the knowledge and confidence you need to succeed. Please take advantage of the service we offer – you will spend less time preparing and more time looking for work once you have completed your training and obtained your licence.

Our commercial driver training includes everything you need to obtain your licence as quickly as possible. From the moment you begin preparing for the PCV theory test to that day you land your first professional driving job, we are here to assist you at every step. We train both individual and company drivers throughout their careers. We offer initial licence training as well as ongoing CPC training needed to meet government regulations.

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