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If you're trying to pass your theory test, then I would definitely recommend this book to you. I bought mine off eBay and it wasn't that expensive, it was about £4, and this works out really cost effective as it really does help you learn all the things you need to know to pass your theory test, it is much cheaper to buy this, learn everything and pass your test, than it would be to have to keep retaking your test until you pass. Some people try and do this and its a really bad idea, in my experience, everyone I know who has done this has failed. And failing is expensive as remember you have to pay everytime you take the test.
Nowadays it costs £31 to take your theory test, this is only for normal cars, for other vehicles such as motorcycles prices can vary. I think this is quite expensive considering you aren't guaranteed a pass. It tells you everything you need to know with regards to all the different prices and tests you might need to take on the official DVLA website, a really helpful site that, like this book, tells you all that you need to do about passing your driving test. I would recommend having a look on there as well as reading this book.
I don't want to say too much about what this book has got in it, as I don't want to risk breaching any copyright laws. But I can assure you it really is EXTREMELY helpful and I believe it is a NECCESSITY to have and read this book if you are taking your theory test in the near future. It fully explains the thoery test and tells you all about the standard you need to achieve to pass. I don't think I could have passed my theory test without the help of this book. I cannot stress enough how handy it is, don't go into the theory test without taking a look at this book, or a similar book to this first. Just at least have a quick read or you could fail your test, you need to understand what the theory test involves to pass and this tells you all about what the test involves, and it helps you prepare for it and it has all the information in it that you need to know.
The book isn't that big or thick and it is full of colour and there are loads of pictures and photos, so it isn't a dull or boring school textbook- like book, it is much simpler to read and it just seems more exciting and has a better feel to it than most other driving books I have read and looked at. If you know what I mean, it just seems more modern and easier to understand than most books. I always find this kind of book seems to soak in more. I would recommend starting reading this book at least three months before taking your theory test, so you have time to read it all once, then go back over sections to help all the info soak in more.
I am currently learning to drive and have been on and off for the past 6 years. In this time I have had to invest in two of these books and a dvd to help me revise for my test.
This book is produced by the DSA (Driving Standards Agency) this is the agency that sets all the questions that are in the book and that will be presented to you in your test.
This particular book is for car drivers they also do one for motorbikes and lorry drivers with different questions in to suit. Every year these books are updated so when you are going to revise ensure that you purchase the correct book. I have previously had the 2007 book and their is not much different in the book apart from general knowledge questions but it is always advisable to invest in the new one.
In this new book 2011 issue there are case studies that you will also be set in the exam that you will read a passage and answer multiple choice questions regarding that passage. At the end of each section you will have a case study these are very good because it will help you with an understanding of different situations when driving and make sure that you understand what you have just read in that passage.
The book is split into 14 sections alertness, attitude, safety and your vehicle, safety margins, hazard awareness, vulnerable road users, other types of vehicle,m vehicle handling, motorway rules, rules of the road, road and traffic signs, incidents, accidents and emergencies and vehicle loading. Each section is colour coded I found this very useful due to once I had revised a topic and was sure that I knew it I knew that I could consentrate on a different area and the colour coding made it easier to find the section I needed.
There is important information in the booklet for new drivers. It explains how to apply for your licence and gives you all the restrictions and contact numbers that you need to know. It tells you how to choose an instructor and what they will do for you. It also gives you important information about your theory test how to book it, what the pass rates are and about the hazard perception test, it also tells you what you will need to take to the theory test and gives you the web site address if you need any other information.
The lay out of the book is very good their is 3 to 4 questions per page with the answers next to the question. I found that the first few times that I read the book I read the question and the answer until it started to sink in. Then once I needed to learn the test situation I could cover the answers with a piece of paper and attempt the question before moving the paper to reveal the answer. The questions are an appropriate sized text and have an explanation below the answer so that you can understand why that answer is give.
Majority of the questions are common knowledge but their are quite a few that you really need to concentrate on. In the back of the book it gives you further information about roads and crossings and how the stopping and breaking distances is calculated so you can answer that question right. It also gives you other signs that are not set in the exam but are good to know when you are driving.
I think that this is the best learning book to own and is really helpful. You are able to get people to help you revise by reading the questions to you and you are able to do this alone. It also supplies all the information you need to know about driving and contacts for you to be able to get things in place. I took my theory last week and passed 50/50 for the theory and 56/75 for the hazards. I found this very worthwhile and normally you would pay £12.99 for this book I bought mine from amazon for £8.99.
I would advise any new driver to invest in this book.
This book includes both the highway code and the complete list of possible questions for tests to be taken in 2008/9. It is an absolute necessity to complete a majority of these questions, as some answers may well surprise you. Many theory test candidates feel that most of the content of the test is simple and only requires common sense, and this is mostly true, however, how many 17 year olds no by heart the stopping distances at 50, 60 and 70 miles per hour?
Having read through and practiced all the questions (which include a written explanation for each answer) I found the test easier to complete and was far more relaxed about it-It got me full marks!
I found the book a little awkward however, in that the answers were beside the questions and therefore it was hard to practice without seeing them. Therefore I would recommend the AA theory test book, which also includes every eligible question for 08/09, but in this case is presented to be used rather than read. The answers are in the back and therefore you can test yourself, and each question is presented with tick boxes.
Once you have completed this there is no way that you can go wrong! Just make sure to practice the hazard perception!
When I first decided to take a theory test, I thought I knew enough about cars. After all, I'd had thirty-something lessons which taught me beyond the basics of driving, and I knew what some of the signs meant? What else was there to learn? Well, after trying an online theory test, I realised that I kept failing, not by a huge margin, but a fail nonetheless. I didn't really know all the random statistics about driving with a mobile phone, nor did I know where you should steer if you have a reverse wheel skid. With my test booked, and £30 potentially down the drain, I decided to buy this official theory test book for September 2008 onwards (even though my test was in August, but I was worried about failing and being stuck with an older version), which includes every single question you could be asked and the Highway code.
The beginning of the book explains the theory test, and what is expected of you. It was useful to read through, as it tells you about the practice session before the multiple choice part, and how many questions you need to get right. It's good to know what's expected, so at least when you get to the test centre, you're not totally surprised. I know that I got a CD through the post when I booked my test, telling me all this, but I feel like it's better to read it through (the CD's tend to be slightly cheesy anyway).
Getting through the questions was tricky, as there were 14 different chapters with hundreds of questions. As there was so much that I didn't know, I often had to re-read sections again and again, to get used to the style of question and answer. What I found was a pattern in some of the questions, with common sense answers such as mobile phones making you lose concentration when driving (as opposed to the looking in the door mirrors answer). Even though I could work out a few of the answers, it was good to read the questions again so that I could give an automatic answer to many. There is also a brief explanation by each answer, which really helped with some of the more technical questions, as I started to understand the parts of the car more. I basically managed to read all of the questions in the two weeks before my test, on trains or during my lunch break. I also used it to get friends to test me, which was fun and informative at times. You just have to remember to cover up the answers when looking at the questions, otherwise there's no point. Although I also used a CD-rom, it is really useful to have this book with you when on the move, and it can help you immensely before you use it.
I was also glad that I didn't have to buy a separate book with the Highway Code. It may have been a better idea to read this bit before the questions, as I would have had more background knowledge, but I found myself constantly referring to them anyway. It covers the rules of the road for pedestrians and motorists but also has useful signs and their descriptions and speed limits. There is a lot to take in, but if you combine it with looking at the questions as well, then you should be able to retain quite a bit of information.
I would very much remember getting this book. It covers everything you will need for your theory test, and I think it'll be useful once you pass your practical test as well (I wouldn't know this unfortunately). I managed to pass my theory test first time using this book, and I'm really glad that I managed to get through all of the questions in the end. If you are disciplined enough, then it's fine to use on it's own with the numerous internet sites out there, but if not I'd recommend getting the DVD as well.