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I am learning to drive at the moment and passed my theory test this week.
When I first started to think about taking my theory test I bought the official DSA theory book. It was okay, but I found a few aspects of it quite irritating (for example, you constantly have to flip to the back to check the answers) and I never really felt motivated to pick it up and study my theory. My driving instructor recommended me the Driving Test Success CD-rom as an alternative. She thinks it the best product out the there when it comes to preparing for the theory test, as it is interactive and uses exactly the same format as the real test. After using it, I agree that it is excellent and far better than the DSA official material.
Installation was easy and whenever I put the disc in it asks whether I want to check for updates, so it seems they keep it up to date with any new questions.
The CD rom has three sections: theory test, hazard perception test and practical driving lessons. As I was using this to prepare for my theory, I used the first two sections a lot but did not try the practical driving lessons section.
=== Theory Test ===
The theory test section contains every official question from the DSA, covering all 14 of the test topics such as road signs, attitude, what to do in an accident etc. You can do the questions in pre-ordered sets, meaning that if you wanted to you could systematically work through every single question. When you are in this pratice mode, you are immediately shown whether or not your answer is correct and an explanation is provided. Alternatively you can take unlimited randomly generated mock tests of 50 questions and this mode has the exact same format as the real test. When you use the mock test mode you do not immediately see whether the question is right or wrong, but when you submit you can see the incorrect answers are marked in red and you can go back and review the question to see the correct answer. There is also a separate road sign test area within the theory section so you can take a mock test focussing only on the road signs.
I found these tests an ideal way to practice as it is more fun than using a book because it is interactive and the program keeps track of your score, so you don't have to keep checking to the back of the book for the answers. The program also allows you to see your progess over time, showing a graph with how your percentage score has progressed and it highlights the topics in which you are weaker or stronger to make you aware of where you should focus.
The only thing which slightly annoyed me about the mock theory tests was the voice over. There is a very loud voice over which reads all the questions and answers. Apparently this is optional but I never managed to turn it off, even when I went into the settings and turned the sound off, the voice was still there. I usually just turned my speakers off to avoid it, but this meant I couldn't listen to music on my computer while learning my theory.
The program told me that in total I had attempted 800 practice questions and I had not failed any mock tests on the multiple choice section, so I felt very confident when I went in for this part of the test. I actually passed the real one with 100% so obviously Driving Test Success had prepared me very well!
=== Hazard Perception ===
First of all I was a bit worried about the hazard perception section of the test because I didn't really know what to expect. My driving instructor had told me that the hazard perception part of Driving Test Success was really good as it includes videos in the same style as the test, allowing you to practice and get used to it. This was the main thing which attracted me to buy it.
Like the theory section, you can either work through pre-set groups of videos or you can take a full mock test of 14 video clips, as you would get in the real test. I have used both of these modes and the only difference is really the number of video clips, as the practice sessions are much shorter than the mocks.
The videos include a very wide range of scenarios, including country roads, busy cities, residential streets, motorways, night time scenes, scenes with bright sunlight, and just about every possible situation you could think of on the roads! In the hazard perception part of the theory test, you have to watch the videos and click the mouse when you see a "developing hazard", which is something which causes you to slow down, change direction or stop. The faster you react to the hazard, the more points you get. There is a time window in which you can get points, ranging from 5 points if you are very quick, to 1 point if you are slower. You get 0 points if you are too slow or miss it entirely. The reason I am explaining how the scoring works is that it is sometimes slightly flawed. Occasionally it is possible to be too quick and click just before the time window opens, meaning you should have got 5 points but in fact you get zero. My instructor warned me about this and said that if you have seen the hazard very early, you should wait a second and then click again just to make sure you get the points. You will get the points for your first click, so if the 5 had registered then there is no harm done. I had kind of taken this on board from my instructor telling me, but a few times I saw this "error" in action on my practice tests and got a zero when it really should have been a 5. After experiencing it myself a few times, it really drummed into me that I would have to make sure I clicked again on my real test if I had been too quick. I think this was really invaluable as I was able to get to grips with this slight bug in the test system.
In my opinion the harzard perception tests are not difficult but they definitely take some getting used to. When I first started practicing with the CD I did get some poor marks on a few videos and occasionally missed the hazard completely. By the time I had my real test this week, I was scoring 4s and 5s and passed with a good mark, so the practice had paid off.
The CD shows graphs and analysis of your results on the hazard perception too, as with the theory, and informs you which situations are your strong and weak areas. For example, it tells you which times of day you perform better in (for example I was scoring lower in dusk time videos), which types of road you score better on etc. This enables you to get enough practice in the areas which need it.
=== Highway Code ===
The CD also includes a full and up to date edition of the High Way Code, which is easy to search. This is useful when you just want to check something such as a road sign, stopping distances or rule. I didn't use it much, because I found it easy to learn most of the information from the practice tests as I went along.
=== Overall ===
This CD rom is so easy to use and really helpful when it comes to learning the material and getting used to the test format, which is especially useful for the hazard perception. I would recommend it to any learner driver and I think it is much better than the DSA theory test book. I was able to go to my theory test with full confidence after using this and was able to pass with ease.
Driving Test Success costs £5.99 on Amazon with postage included, which I think is great value for money.
You are right I did!
I am getting on (in terms of not driving) and I decided this year to just learn to drive. More opinions on how I passed to come. However, a friend bought the Driving test success for me to help me pass my theory and Hazard perception tests.
Boy am I glad I revised. Whilst the theory questions are 'easy' if you rehearse them enough you will pass, as they are worded in the same way and often questions are asked and re-asked in a different way. I found with the hazard perception that it was a minefield of do's don't and watch out for the barmy people on mobility scooters crossing the road without looking - Believe it or not this actually happened to me on a driving lesson. I had to laugh!
Anyway - the theory sets of questions are set out in different catagories, you can review and revise as much as you like and be 'taught' the content. Everything on the CD ROM is brightly coloured and set out in an easy to understand way. The installation on your laptop/PC takes minutes and you are ready to go. The second disc is full of the hazard perception clips, so you will need both. There are theory tests which you can take time and time again to make sure the highway code is being sucked into your brain.
The hazard perception tests were a life saver. I'm sure I would have failed had it not been for the several dress rehersals I did beforehand. The second disc is full of clips of potential hazards and it is your job to 'click' when you see a hazard. You normally have a 5 second window - just like in the real test, to click and on this you will get points. The more points you get - the more likely you are to pass.
The hazards will come in different guises. There may be one to do with animals, people pulling out without indicators or lights on, children appearing in the middle of the road. And again like the theory test you can go over and over the hazards. Even though I found that sometimes you weren't quick enough to spot the potential hazard, sometimes you were too quick. I'm sure there must be an art to it, but I found myself aceing the Theory and just scraping by the Hazard Perception. So if you think you will be fine, i would recommend that you spend most of your time getting used to the hazard perception tests and how they score it. One of the great things is that you can review each clip and see where you went wrong. You can also see when you should have clicked, which really helped me to cement things in my brain!
All in all this was an excellent course and even helped with 'what's under the bonnet' and other practical driving things. I think this was purchased for under £10 from Amazon and should I have had to choose one of these myself, I would have been pleased to use this version.
I think this is a definate must buy if you're learning to drive! i got a theory test book for my birthday when I started to drive and when I got this the former became redundant! The thing about theory books is that although they have lots of multiple choice questions and the highway code etc in, you never get time to go through all the multiple choice questions and filter the relevant ones (some are really similar so wastes time!). This software, however, has a multiple choice question base and also has practice tests. In addition it has a hazard perception simulation so you can practice that. It's really useful because when I first tried it I completely failed, so turned out I needed it! And it shows you afterwards how many points you scroed and at what point you should click to get the highest score (you need 44/75 to pass hazard perception I think). The application also rotates the clips through their huge database so that you get fresh scenarios which keeps you learning and trying new situations - its helpful. Then when you get nearer to your theory there are mock exams so you can see if you're ready to take it and if not where to improve. Can't really fault this product it was a godsend!
I passed my driving test a few months ago, and I have to say, I dont think it would have happened first time had it not been for this DVD.
Basicaly the DVD is interactive, and can be used by several learners as each user gets his/her own icon and password to create a personal profile.
The DVD is cut into 3 main sections:
The Hazard Perception Test - this is possibly the hardest section of the test to prepare for, and this video holds an impressive bank of example sceanarios that you may see during the test. The rules of it are the same as in the actual test, click on a developing hazard and you are awarded between 1-5 points depending on how quick your reactions have been. It stores the tests and example you have taken and suggests when you are ready for your actual exam. It also gives you the opportunity to sit a full mock test if you have the time, giving you a score similar to what you would have got in the real situation, or it allows you to take one example at a time - letting you practice and build confidence. One thing I did notice about this section is that the examples they give are much more difficult than in the real test, I was just about passing the examples using the DVD which scared me into doing lots and lots for practice, however in the actual exam, the clips I was given were no where near as hard which meant I breezed it.
The Theory Test - I initally bought the book but then switched to the DVD as I found it much easier to track my progress. Basically the whole Highway code is on the Dvd and you are supposed to learn that before attempting the questions, I however, found it more helpful to go throught the question bank and learn as I went. It works in a similar way to the Hazard Perception in that you can choose to concentrate on a particular element of the theory test (such as road signs, motorway rules etc) or you can take a full mock test. If you take the full test, you are given a score out of 50 just like in the actual exam and your scores of previous test are plotted in a graph to let you see how you are progressing - once you have passed 3 mock tests, the DVDS suggests that you are ready to do the real thing! What I particularly liked about this, is that the DVD tells you what sections of the theory test your are not so hot with - mine was road signs, and suggested I concentrated on this section of the DVD and to do a bank of mock questions just in this area which I did.... very clever really.
The Practical Test - As you can imagine, this is a hard area to revise for without being behind the actual wheel of a car - but the DVD hosts a range of videos of actual driving lessons focusing on all the major aspects of the driving test, ie all the manouveres, roundabouts, turning right and left are just a few - I actually found them really useful - there is also a mock driving test on there which you can watch and record the potential minors and major faults the pupil has made - and this prepares you for what will actually happen on the test day.
The DVD itself is very easy to navigate - very user friendly, and I am not a technologically advanced person at all.
I would consider this product a MUST for anyone learning to drive!
I'm going to begin by saying this is simply a marvellous CD.I've tried ,quite possibly, almost all the theory and practical test revision guides out there. And although some of them very thoroughly covered the concepts o both the tests....I would forget most of the hard work the following day.
I decided to puchase a cd instead.Maybe a different 'approach' could help. When purchasing this,I had reviewed the product thoroughly and other website customers had also thought it a great cd.
The cd was up and running in no time. I was pleasantly surprised by the simple language used by the 'guides' . The text was layed out in an easy to understand learning format.
The show me tell me section was excellent too ( I didn't even know that show me tell me existed!) and even better was the hazard perception section. There are over 60 video lessons for the practical part of the CD AND even better includes driving routes used by examinors!
This product is an excellent product for somebody like myself who had very little knowledge of what is expected during a theory or practical test.
The theory questions can even be downloaded to ipod, MP3 player, Sony PSP,Mobile Phone, CD Player and nintendo DS. My box contained some learner 'L' plates too!
Remember this product may be updated by year so its important to get the one for the right year.
Really is a fantastic product.I highly recommend this.
So you've got your provisional through the post, and most of us immediatly consider the practical portion of the driving experience. But don't forget, before you've done your theory test you won't be abe to sit your practical test.
I recieved this as a gift when I originally got my provisional through, and put it to one side before starting my lessons.
I started using the software only when I'd booked my theory; thinking the 3 weeks would be enough to learn all I needed. It's handy that the theory and hazard perception are on the same disk, removing the need to swap and change disks when you want to practice different parts.
This software allows you to practice every possible question you will be asked in the exam, all from the official DSA question bank. You can choose to just work through the questions from start to finish in pre-set sessions of 20 questions. Alternatively you can read through the correct Q&A combinations and learn them that way. You can then choose to sit a mock exam (as many as you like) and try to see exactly how you'd fare in an exam style, 50 question test. This is very similar to sitting the real theory test.
Hazard Perception test:
This is the more difficult part of the test in that you can't sit and memorise the answers! It's not testing your ability to regurgitate information, but is measuring your ability to spot and react as quickly as possible, to developing hazards. The software on this CD is fantastic for improving your ability to respond to and recognise these hazards, as well as giving you the tips necessary to succeed in the test itself (and without being accused of cheating for clicking too much!). These hazard perception skills are something that you really need to develop through practice, and the nature of the test means even experienced drivers could well fail this section of the test. You have to click for the hazard with a certain window of time, and it's often been seen for more experienced drivers to actually click to early and not gain any points!
Having used the software, practising only occasionally for 3 weeks, I went to my theory test; was finished within 30 minutes, and had passed.
I would therefore recommend this to anybody taking up driving. You can now buy the updated versions produced in subsequent years, but fear not I used the 2007/08 edition and didn't use it until 2009. The programme will automatically search for updates, so changing it's question bank as the official one changes.
Not to be overlooked is the part of the programme also on the cd, that deals with the practical test. Of use in particular to beginners to teach you the basics, and gives a step by step demostration of all the maneouvres. And worth a look on the practical section, is a mock exam to give you a sense of what the driving test is like.
I also used the software to listen to the question and answer correct combinations spoken aloud. The software allows you to put these audio files onto your MP3 player, so you can listen to them whilst doing other things. I put them onto my ipod and they were handy for times when I busy or for when sat on the train bored!
When taking the test, you can use this cd to find the adress of your test centre (theory and practical) and it also allows you to find the test routes you may be taken on in your area.
Having taken a few lessons when I turned 18, then a few more several years later....I am hoping that this time around I WILL carry on & get myself off the bus & onto the road!
I have read a few theory test question books around the time of my previous attempts at learning, but things have changed considerably since those days. Driving tests no longer just feature the simple multiple-choice theory test (alongside the practical test of course!). No, new drivers to be are expected to undertake the additional hazard perception test & the 'show me, tell me' test. I figured it was time to invest in a more comprehensive learning tool....
So, I bought the Driving Test Success CD ROM. I eagerly popped the disc into my PC as soon as it arrived. Within a matter of minutes I had set up my user account on the programme (several people can use it at once, with their data being saved individually) & was taking a mock theory test to see what stage I was at.
The programme is SO simple to use. You can practice blocks of questions, then narrow the questions down to the ones you consistenly fail on; you can practice all the hazard-perception tests, then whenever you feel like trying your luck on the mock-tests, you can sit either the theory or the hazard perception test, or both. Results are then plotted on a timeline graph so you can see whether or not you're improving. Questions are broken down into areas (e.g. road signs, accident awareness) & you are marked with a percentage for each section, so weak areas are highlighted.
There are also sections on the show me tell me questions, but I haven't ventured this far yet. The highway code & all the road signs are also included on the disc.
So, do I recommend this CD ROM? Yes, highly. Will it help me pass my test....hopefully! (Watch this space....!).
(Also published on ciao under the same username).
I've had my fair share of trying out Driving Theory and Practical test DVD's. Having tried quite a few, I'd have to commend this one as being the best of the bunch, and here's why.
THEORY TEST QUESTIONS:
This software contains all the possible questions you could be asked during the questions part of your theory test for tests taken from September 2008. Knowing this made me feel comfortable in the fact that I wouldn't be wasting me time learning the answers to questions I wouldn't be tested on. Many pieces of software available don't update regularly enough, however 'Focus' update their software every year, so even if it's no longer 2008/09 when you read this, make sure to find the latest copy from the vendors website. There are over a whopping 1200 questions, and with this software you can work towards completing them all if you so wish by it's clever data bank which records all your scores and the questions you complete. I found when I did practice tests I didn't want to be continually tested on the same questions that I got right, so with a few changes to the settings which was very easy to do, I was able to complete new questions and further my learning.
The 1200+ questions are categorised so if you are having trouble in a specific area then you can complete questions from this area only. Being able to select the types of questions you need to work on most is why this software is heads and shoulders above all the rest, because it's a superb way of focusing your learning.
Also on the DVD are an unlimited amount of mock practice tests, each conducted exactly as if you were taking the real thing. The tests are timed and your scores are then recorded and kept for your reference. Here's another reason why this software is out in front. I was able to see the areas I wasn't doing so well in, and was able to target my learning. Also I could see my progress over time. We don't remember everything we learn and so I could see if certain areas weren't be done so well as before and could get back to doing some of these questions.
The variety and customisation ability is unique in this software which works wonders and ensuring you are revising well for your Theory Test.
HAZARD PERCEPTION ELEMENT:
The DVD contains all 10 official clips from the DSA and an introduction test, so you can see exactly what you will experience when conducting the real thing. Also they manage to excel again, and give users a further 70 bonus clips to practice on. Other pieces of software I used didn't have this option and I was so grateful when I found out this DVD did. It's all well and good completing the 10 clips, but once you've done them, they are no longer a good way to revise because you know the hazards within the clips. By having 70 additional clips that makes for about five to six additional mock practices of the Hazard Perception element ensuring that you know what you are looking out for.
These additional clips are on top of the 15 pre-set mock tests set by the software. They really want you do well and make it possible for you to do so by giving you all the required materials. You'll definitely not feel unprepared if you take the time to complete some of the practice tests on this DVD.
Also you have the option to review clips once you've completed them to see where the hazards were if you missed them, another great part of this DVD. What good is it doing a clip and maybe getting it wrong and not being able to see why? There's no way one cane improve this way. By having this option available you can work on improving your hazard perception skills.
PRACTICAL DRIVING TEST:
Completing the practical test is the most scary part of the whole ordeal, however with this DVD, along with your experience from driving, it helps to reinforce what you can expect on the day.
There's sections on you are the driver and what you should be doing whilst in the car, as well as what you can expect from other road users. With over 60 video clips, conducted as lessons to help you improve you can be sure that everything will be covered if it hasn't already been done so in your lessons. From poor weather conditions, to junctions, roundabouts and crossings, to the maneuvers and the emergency stop, if there's anything you are worried about before your test, you don't need to worry about getting in a car and finding out, just check out one of the clips to feel more at ease.
At the start of your test, you will be asked two questions about the car you are driving, and these questions are available on the DVD for you to practice and perfect the answers to for when the test officer conducts your test.
SUMMARY OF MY OPINIONS:
The Theory Test element of this DVD is fantastic and I recommend everyone use if before their test to ensure success! It's full comprehensive so you can can be sure that if you spend time revising you'll know everything there is to know.
The progress reports and customisation abilities make this piece of software stand out so you can be sure that you are working on your weaknesses and focusing your revision.
Unfortunately I didn't use the Practical Test preparation of this DVD all that much, I found that with my lessons I was happy that I knew what I need to know.
I did however use the 'Show Me, Tell Me' section of the DVD to ensure I knew the answers to all the questions I could be asked about my car at the start of the test.
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I took my driving theory test back in March 2008 and used this CD to help me.
~~~What's on the CD?~~~
When I first put the CD in it automatically came up with the video section which was all about manoeuvres in a car and shopping you how to do them. I got this CD the weekend I turned 17 and I had not started driving and so I was curious at first and watched it intently. However I struggled to remember everything they told me without actually sitting in a car and it was difficult to imagine driving and soon it became very boring. There is also a whole practical driving test, this was just as boring. In fact, truth be told, I used to watch it just before bed time when I had trouble sleeping and it would send me to sleep. I had the intention of starting to drive but I never quite got around to it so just like everything else I am meant to do I ignored it. So February came around and I decided to start driving and booked my theory test (which has a one month waiting list) and so it was time to dig out the old CD. In it went again and automatically came this annoying video.
It may well have been because of my computer that it automatically played the video but when I closed it and actually clicked on the CD I was asked to install the software and so I did. It was fairly quick downloading and when it did I found the theory part. Firstly there are two options depending on whether you are a teacher and plan to give it to lots of pupils or if it is just for you. Anyway I choose just for me and typed in my name and got to choose a car and colour so I choose a blue sports car, snazzy and like hell would I have such a car. You have the option of password protecting it as well. On the main menu you have several options on what you want to do. You can either practise or have a mock test. There are also a statistics option where you can look how well you have been doing in both practise and tests. It shows you the progress over time and has a pass line and you can clearly see how often you pass. On this page it also shows the questions you get wrong more than once.
Now in the actual test there are 50 questions and you need 43 to pass. On this CD it is set automatically to 20 questions in the practise. The twenty questions practise is good and you can do them several times. If you click on a question it reads out the question to you. In the mock test it has the questions followed straight by the hazard perception (which I will come onto). You can change the number of questions to 50 so you have a real idea of whether you would pass or not. You can also choose to have just questions relating to signs or questions you get wrong more often if you want. You can also change the number of questions which can be anything from 20 to 100. You can also give yourself a limited amount of time. It is automatically set to 40minutes. After you have done the questions you can look back at the answers and once you have checked them you can look at your mistakes and look at the correct answer. It also has a highway code handy which you can use to look things up. In the mock test there are 35 randomly chosen questions followed straight by the hazard perception. There are also some unofficial questions which you have to select to be asked them, I unselected them as I did not want to do them as they would never come up. They have all the questions you could possible ever had. There are over 1000 questions available and if you do them all you cover every single question that will come up on your test.
To pass the hazard perception test you need 44 out of 75 from fifteen questions. Each question is marked out of five. There are over 125 clips of hazard perception taken from a variety of places and scenes all in different situations and conditions. The principle behind hazard perception is when you see a hazard developing you click, if you click right at the beginning you get 5 and it progresses all the way down to 0. If you click too late you get 0. You need to click it before it is a hazard however. In the practise tests you get three clips each one is about a minute. After you have done it you will know your score and you can watch the clip again and it will show you where the hazard is. In the mock test you do hazard perception straight after the questions as you do in the real test. Before each clip you get 10 seconds to prepare and then you watch the clip which is about a minute long. There are 14 clips and so one contains two clips. There is no sound in the hazard perception clips. When you finish the mock test you can not review the questions or the hazard perception.
I found the questions repetitive and only did 640 before I could not do any more. Many questions were in my opinion obvious but there were some harder ones. My aim was to do all the questions however in reality I was never going to do this. Hazard perception was also fairly easy in my opinion and I only failed it once in the practise tests when I was unsure of what to do. However I found it highly irritating I could not pause it or skip the clips so I had to sit there watching it all. I actually fell asleep watching it once embarrassingly enough. However it did prepare me for the questions in the exam. Although there are lots of clips after about ten attempts it told me that some clips would be repeated even though I had loads left. I think this is because they are randomly generated. I never completed all of the hazard perception clips either, I did about 70 but none of these would come up on the test it was just for practise. The CD does guarantee a pass or your money back if you fill in some form but I did not bother. It also tells you that you have to complete all the questions and hazard perception questions otherwise you will not have this guarantee.
3rd March 08 I took my theory test. If you pass you have two years to take your practical before it expires. You must take both parts of you license to the test otherwise you will have to rebook and repay. The questions are exactly how they are in the CD except it is touch screen. I had some questions that I had done before and I actually panicked on the first question for some reason. You can take a break in between the questions and hazard perception if you want, I just went straight on. For this it is exactly the same you get 14 clips and you have to click when you think you need to. You get the test results at the end and for me the CD did its job. I got 50/50 in the questions and 64/75 in the hazard perception.
This CD is always on offer if you look around. I got mine for £7 from Woolworths, sadly this option is not available. You can buy it from most places and the normal retail price is £9.99. This CD only works on windows 98/XP/2000 and also offers low cost car insurance from Endsleigh for new drivers.
Thank you for reading
When I first started my driving lessons I thought it would be wise to invest in some kind of guide like this as it could cut down on lessons, at £18 an hour any extra knowledge would certainly help!
So off I headed to amazon, I was spoilt for choice but this seemed to be one of the more popular discs and seemed to be really helpful so I thought I'd give it a try.
I bought it for around £7.80 from new, although prices change all the time and you may even be able to get it cheaper than that, especially if you bought a pre owned copy.
The disc is divided in to three sections. Theory test, Hazard Perception test and Practical test.
This dvd really is the best choice when it comes to theory test practice. It has every question from the Official DSA Theory test bank - over 1,200 questions!
The makers of this dvd are so confident that you will pass that they have offered a money back guarantee if you fail.
When you put the dvd on you can log in as a certain person and create a profile, when you answer the questions it will log them in to your profile and remember if you got them right. Eventually you can work your way through every single question if you like, or just go back to the questions that you struggle with then take mock tests.
You can take as many mock tests as you like. You can also check your score and see your improvement over time.
You could also download an audio version of the questions and answers to listen to on your mp3 player or mobile.
For the hazard perception part of your test you view various video clips shot from outside the car. It takes you along a route filled with various hazards, such as children playing, cars pulling out and people around zebra crossings.
As soon as you see these hazards you need to click the screen. The aim of this is to check that you can focus on what is happening around you and that you are aware of the dangers of driving.
This dvd has the 10 DSA official sample clips, plus over 70 other clips for you to practice with. It also gives hints and tips on how to increase your chances of passing the test. You can also review each clip to see where the hazard began and where you actually clicked, which really helps to improve your score.
I ound this section most important before I had started my lessons as it gives you step by step guides to starting the car, stopping the car, pulling away, turning around corners, etc. It even gives you the very basics such as the checks you need to make before starting the car. Seatbelt, steering, mirrors, gear, etc.
I found this extremely helpful as I watched a clip of someones first driving lesson online on an instructors webpage and the majority of the first lesson was spent teaching these check points, which I didn't need thanks to this (The dvd just paid for itself).
My next two lessons were also a lot more practice orientated rather than teaching that would have been done if I hadn't have had this dvd.
There are also over 60 video lessons that you can watch on this dvd that till give hints and tips and show common errors and how to corect them.
There is also a 'show me, tell me' section which has practical skills such as checking the oil level in a car. You may be asked to demonstrate one of these skills on your test so this section is lso very helpful.
All in all, this dvd is definitely worth getting. You will need to buy something like this to practice for your theory test anyway so it might as well be this. I also have a book on this subject but it is rather boring and is nowhere near as helpful. It really does help to actually see it all rather than imagine it.
I can't tell you if it helped me pass as I haven't taken my test yet but it has definitely helped and has cut down on the costs of my lessons so it is definitely a worthwhile investment.
There is also a website you can access that will provide money off vouchers for car dealerships and insurance sites such as Endsleigh (I did find this site a lot more expensive than others though, even with the discounts!).
Just think, if you do pass it will have been worth it. If you don't, you can always get your money back.... you can't lose!
I absolutly reccommend this cd-rom to anyone! In my opinion it is 100% full prove, nomatter how much of a dummy you may consider yourself to be!
I myself would consider myself a bit dippy if cornered and when I first got this cd-rom and seen the PASS OR YOUR MONEY BACK gaurantee I thought, I will defnetly have to bear that in mind as I really do not see myself passing my theory test never mind the practical!
However, shock horror!
With the help of this little wonder I did pass my theory FIRST TIME with 100% in the multiple choice part and a score of 65 out of 75 in the hazard perception section.
In this cd-rom you can practice your little heart out as much as you like on the hazard perception clips, which I initially found very tricky. I am convinced however that the cd-rom makes it a little harder than the actuall test giving you a very plesant suprise on the day. Also, the high way code question, easy, after you complete all the mock test on the disk you practically know them of by heart.
Now for the best bit... I kid you not...my boyfriend is sick of me going on and on but last week I passed my practical again, FIRST TIME!
I am struggling with not boasting as I am just so happy! no more extorsionate fees for driving lessons, no more horrible nerves, its all over!
Ok, ofcourse it is not all down to this cd-rom, but I am honestly giving you my true advice, IT WAS AN HUGE HELP.
It does help you with the practical alot too, it has lots of little videos of a test shot from insid the car, showing you just what it will be like.
There is also lots of theory for your manovers......
Pages and pages of the mark scheme, what not to do , what the examiner is looking for, what is consider a majour, minor, dangerous fault and lots more.
Every section is neatly organised in thiscdrom so you have a clear idea of what you have covered and what you still need to do.
100% best learner driver product you can buy.....trust me i've tried all the books none of which even compares to The All In One Driving Test CD-ROM
A must have for all learners!
I bought this disc because the other ones i already had were not helping me feel like i was going to be passing my theory any time soon. I bought this disc as my friend reccomended it and im glad i did! it has hundreds of hazard perception clips to let you practice and it also has hundreds of multiple choice questions that you could be asked in your test. Theres mock exams that you can do which prepares you for your actual exam. There is even a practical section showing a video of someone on a mock test and a section to help you with show and tell. It even lets you download questions onto your phone or mp3 player so you can learn wherever you are! I found that part came in handy for sitting on the bus going to college in the mornings. It's cheap aswell so in my opinion it is worth the money. I would reccommend this dvd-rom to anyone who is thinking about sitting their theory test or starting to drive it really does help!
To be able to apply and pass your driving practical test you must have passed your driving theory. You have to do the theory first. Currently , you will be asked 50 questions , 43 of which must be correct. There is also a Hazard perception test you must take. This consists of watching 14 clips on a screen , and clicking the mouse button when you see a potential hazard. The sooner you see the potential hazard the more points you gain. A hazard is anything which makes you change speed or direction.
I had just turned seventeen which meant I was now able to be on the road legally. To be honest , I wasn't that bothered about the whole driving in the beginning , like most other teenagers my age. The one thing I dreaded was the Theory Test all learner drivers must pass before taking their practical tests. I had bought an "AA" learners pack months before my 17th birthday. This included two books (Theory and Highway code) and two 'L' plates. I'd had a flick through of the books on more than one occasion , however they just didn't appeal to me and I couldn't be bothered to learn the whole 949 answers to the 949 questions just by reading. I felt I needed more of a challenge ; and that is where Driving Test Success came in.
It was my driving instructor who told me to buy one as it had all the official questions and answers as well as being able to take 'practise exams' of the theory. I thought this was a good idea , so after my driving lesson , I logged on to the internet and searched a few websites. I came across this dvd on play.com for a price of £7.99 - Not bad I thought , but I couldn't help think , would I really use this dvd ? Oh I'll give it a go I told myself and went ahead and bought the dvd.
Within a couple of days , I received my DVD . The cover of the DVD is very colourful and attractive. It consists of 'Driving Test' written in a large , black font of capital letters with what appears to be a type of road sign with the word 'Success' written on it. To the left is a girl who is 'ripping' an 'L' plate. The cover states that the DVD is suitable for tests taken between 2007 and 2008. On the bottom half of the cover , is a description of each of the discs. There is a yellow circle with information in the middle which tells us that this DVD is interactive and will work on dvd players and dvd compatible games console. There are three DVDs included in the pack ; One all about the theory , One all about hazard perception , and the third a revision disc for the practical test.
I switched on my computer and inserted the DVD. The DVD begin to load. Although it doesn't say that the DVD will work on a computer , it worked ok on mine. To begin with I thought I'd test myself , and tried the 'practise exam'. To my surprise I scored 44/50 straight away , which meant I was one mark over what I needed to pass the exam (you need 43/50). I was very surprised by this because I hadn't 'revised' at all. This is going to be easy I thought to myself. However once I'd done it once , I kept failing. Each time I did the test I kept failing , struggling to get over the 43 mark. That was until I begin to take an interest in driving and began looking at my driving theory book. I learnt a lot , and since revising the book , I have found myself to be a lot more successful with the tests which shows you really need to swot up on your stuff before taking the exam.
The hazard test ....well I just couldn't be doing with it. Although the DVD gives a demonstration on how to do the hazard perception test , I just didn't know when to click or what to click at ......was I supposed to click at a traffic light ? Thank fully , I spoke to my friend who had passed her theory exam a couple of weeks before and she explained what I was supposed to do. Determined to pass the practise exam , as soon as I got home , I tried the Hazard practise exams , and since then I've been able to do it. So another tip is , if you are unsure , ask someone. If I hadn't have asked my friend I would probably still not have been able to do it.
The third DVD shows you how to do certain things in the practical driving test , such as how to test the oil in a car , and how to do certain manouvers , this is great for if your just starting to drive. The "show me" parts are also really useful for revision before taking your driving test. While I was in the early days of learning drive , this part wasn't very useful , however now that i am getting nearer to my test and having to learn the 'show me ' and 'tell me questions' (on your test you will be asked to tell the examiner how you would do something such as beep the horn and also how you will have to do a 'show me' question which involves actually showing the examiner how to do something such as check the oil). I now find this part incredibly useful! It has helped me so much!
I took my theory test last July and passed with flying colours! I scored 49/50! I would definately recommend this DVD if you are learning to drive! It's a massive help!
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January 16th 2009
If you are learning to drive, this is a must have to make sure you pass. I think it is well focused on the theory and hazard perception and it has a little on the practical.
You first start by installing the DVD-Rom on to your PC, you will then need to use it every time you use the software.
It has quite a good layout and design, and the ability to have many users using the software. It also keep records of how well you do and also your progress.
The theory has loads of questions and you can run mock exams aswel and you can then review your answers. The hazard perception is very good and just like the real thing, again letting you review your clicks and hazards.
The practical is just a video of a mock test, showing you what is picked up.
I don't think it gives you much on practical, but it does say that if you fail your theory and you can send in your fail paper along with the DVD-Rom's mock tests to show that you have practiced and passed, they will give you your money back.
I do think it's a great tool for every learner tho.
The DVD-Rom also updates every so often to get the latest resources.
I got this DVD-rom as I was told it would be the best thing to help me, as I am doing driving lessons at the moment.
I first poped it in to my PC, set up an account, and tried my hazard perception, which for my first time, I just scraped a pass.
I then watch the video and got a few tips from people, and was getting 4's and 5's for this.
The theory test is good, and I have also used the book for this, but it does get u prepared, with the mock exam, of which I have passed well now.
There is amazingly a practical practice to this, but it's just a video of a mock driving test (as a real one can not be recorded), I think that is the only let down tho, as there is no practical of, what order to operate pedals, stearing, etc.
The DVD-rom, also has a money back guarantee, for the theory if you fail the real thing, but there is a few requirements to it.
I think for anyone learning to drive, is worth it, and will save you money, as you wont have to re-take tests.
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