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Best theory test apps to help you pass first time

Last updated: 27/03/2024 | Estimated Reading Time: 6 minutes

When it comes to taking your theory test, preparation is key. But if you don’t want to lug a copy of the Highway Code around with you, theory test apps are the way to go. But which is the best theory test app out of them all? The answer to this will depend on exactly what you're looking for, but in order to help you out, we’ve put a few of the best ones under the spotlight:

In This Guide:

1. Driving Theory Test 4-in-1

Available on iOS and Android, this app has a lot going for it. It essentially offers all the content of the official DVSA app but in a more approachable way; for starters, it’s colourful, user-friendly and easy to navigate, and has been designed with young learner drivers in mind.

If you’re confident with the Highway Code but want to brush up on road signs, then these parts are separated, unlike in the Official DVLA Theory Test Kit. In the same vein, if there’s an area you want to learn more about – let’s say fog lights - then you can search for specific terms and categories within the app. 

You’ll also be able to take unlimited mock tests and track your progress. Not only that, as the best-selling theory app in the UK, the creators claim that if you fail your theory test after using the app then they’ll give you the theory test fee back – if that doesn’t speak confidence to its offering, we don’t know what does.

On top of all that, once you pass your theory driving test, the app also offers over 30 practical driving test lesson video tutorials.

It’ll cost you £4.99 to download.

2. Official DVSA Theory Test Kit

Available on iOS and Android, this is the official theory test app from the DVSA. The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) are the ones who set the theory test, so you know it’s going to be accurate.

Along with the app, which costs £4.99 to download, you’ll get full access to the Highway Code, though this is in book form. The app is also available with an audio feature, meaning the questions will be read out to you.

The app allows you to take mock tests, available in the ‘Test Yourself’ section, here you can take a ‘quick’ test’, a customisable test, or a full ‘mock test’. You can also familiarise yourself with road signs via the publications section and the 'Traffic Signs' section in ‘Practice’ and search for specific terms using the advanced search feature, which references specific areas in the Highway Code, study section, and question bank. The app also offers hazard perception practice and offers practical advice on booking your theory test and what to expect.

Like other apps, it also tracks progress, backed by learning science technology. This can be viewed on the home page and helps students know when they’re ready to pass.

3. 2024 Driving Theory Test Kit 4 in 1

Available on iOS and Android and licenced by the DVSA, this is 6 apps in 1. The other apps on our list are primarily focused on driving cars, but what if you’re studying for your motorcyclist, LGV or PCV licence?

Like the others, it includes mock questions, hazard perception video clips, the Highway Code and road sign revision. You’ll also be able to track your theory test revision progress, with the neat feature of a personal trainer (one that won’t ask you for ten more push-ups). Your trainer will work out what areas you may benefit from further support and study in, and help you to improve your understanding of these topics.

And how much will it set you back? Not a penny! The 2024 Driving Theory Test Kit 4 in 1 is free to download – perhaps that’s why it’s a UK bestseller.

4. Driving Theory Test Genie UK

With a massive array of multiple-choice questions, this app gives you the why of every answer – whether you got it right or not. We love this feature as it’s that little extra step needed to ensure full comprehension and make you the best driver possible.

Questions vary from simple to challenging, and it’s got a solution for those tougher ones: the ‘challenge bank’ will remember the answers you struggle on so you can revisit those areas.

It also works offline, meaning you can still practise when out of signal or on the tube.

However, the app features multiple choice questions only – you won’t find any hazard perception tests and videos in here. Still, if the nitty-gritty of the Highway Code is what you need to improve on, this app’s a safe bet.

It’s available on iOS and Android and best of all, it’s free.

5. AA Driving Theory

The AA Driving Theory app, available for both iOS and Android users, is pretty much a game-changer for anyone gearing up to ace their driving theory test. It's not just any study aid - think of it as your personal guide through the maze of your car theory test.

Everyone's study style is different, right? That's where this app shines. It lets you tailor your study sessions to fit your needs. Whether you're well-versed in the Highway Code but need to focus on road signs, or if there's a specific topic like fog lights that requires extra attention, the app's searchable content makes it easy to hone in on what you need to learn. You can even practice for your hazard perception test all in the same place.

One of the app's standout features is that you can take a mock test as many times as you need to, simulating the real test environment to better prepare you for what to expect. Coupled with a progress tracking system, learners can easily identify areas of strength and those needing improvement.

Free to download.

So, which is the best theory test app overall?

Young drivers face the costliest car insurance premiums, so if you’re looking to pinch every penny ahead of getting your full licence, we recommend the free apps 2024 Driving Theory Test Kit 4 in 1 and Driving Theory Test Genie UK. However, with any of these ready at your fingertips, you’re setting yourself up for driving test success!

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