Congratulations on starting your journey as an HGV driver who is fully qualified! It is a long road, but one that can bring a lot of rewards and we are glad to help you get started on your new career. “It is essential that an HGV driver in the United Kingdom has a Driver CPC” informs a spokesperson at Easy As HGV. To get this, you need to go through extensive and proper training, medical exams and pass four separate tests. Two of these are in theory and two are practical. Our objective in this post is to serve as a guide for the theory test that you are needed to pass.
You Need to Book Your Test
This is the part of the process that is the easiest. Once you are ready for the test, you need to go on the government website and search for the testing centre that is the nearest to you and arrange a booking. There are third party sites through which you can book the test but these will add a commission that will have you paying extra. Theory tests need you to pay £7 as fees and can be adapted for those who have difficulty in hearing or reading. Translation into other languages is also possible as long as you inform the test centre in advance.
On the Day
You need to go the testing centre on the appointed day, be on time and see that you carry identification (your provisional licence can serve the purpose) and the confirmation of your booking. Without these documents, you may not be able to take your test. These will be checked and once confirmed you will be allotted a computer station and headphones and are ready to start your test.
This is a simple concept and is easy to understand as the multiple choices are just what they imply. Choose the answer you think is the correct one from the options available in each question and you are on your way. This test is quite intensive and has 100 questions where you are allowed 115 minutes to answer and you do need to get at least 85 of these correct if you want to pass the test. There can be more than one correct answer to some of the questions and this will be clear from the test itself. If you are not sure about an answer, flag the question and return to it later.
In this section, you will be shown a number of films and will be required to identify situations in them that are hazardous. There are 19 films that you have to view and identify the hazards as quickly as possible. One of the films has 2 hazards. Speed in identifying the hazards gives you more points. You can score a maximum of 100 points and need to have at least 65 points to pass the test. You are wrong if you think you can click everywhere or in any set pattern so that you pass. You can get zero marks for that particular film and get a warning. Repeating this error can lead to you failing the test.
The Consequence of Failing the Test
Anyone can have a bad day. Even those of us who are good at what we do. And this bad day can come when you least expect it. It is understandable that a few people taking the Driver CPC theory test will fail in their first attempt. This need not be a cause for worry. Apply to take the test again and do not worry about the past score affecting your present one. Every test is evaluated independently. You do not have to pay for a re-test, so it does not affect you monetarily.
Easy as HGV specialises in helping new drivers learn all that is needed to get through the Driver CPC theory tests. You need no previous experience in driving a heavy vehicle as we can help you to be trained to pass the tests. Get in touch with our team if you need more information.