The Official RSA Driver Theory Test

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions

2024 Update to the Driver Theory Test and Revision Materials

Candidates testing BEFORE 1st July 2024 should use the June 2019 Edition of the Driver Theory Test questions.

Candidates testing AFTER 1st July 2024 should use the May 2024 Edition of the Driver Theory Test questions.

Our Revision Material page has all the latest information and links to purchase. 

If you are not using the relevant material that applies to your test date, please reschedule your test to give you more time to access and revise the new material.

No, it only runs under Windows, however you can run Windows on an Intel-based Mac using Bootcamp or Parallels if you wish to do so. Although there is no Mac version, there is an App iOS version and a version for Android.

No, your current App will come to an end, and you will be required to download the new version containing the 2024 Questions and Answers.

Yes, your subscription will automatically update to the new learning material on the 24th of June.

Please Note: if you are testing between the 25th-29th of June the old revision material on your subscription will no longer be available.

It is possible to reschedule or cancel your booking free of charge provided the request is made 7 calendar days before your test date.

Please note the changes made are to enhance your experience with new and improved images, updated and more relevant questions surrounding road safety and legislation. The number of questions has NOT changed – the exam still consists of 40 questions and the pass mark is 35. You have 45 minutes to complete the exam.

Please note the changes made are to enhance your experience with new and improved images, updated and more relevant questions surrounding road safety and legislation. The number of questions has NOT changed – the exam still consists of 100 questions and the pass mark is 74. You have 120 minutes to complete the exam.

No changes have been made to the CPC Part 2 Case study exam.

Booking your Test

A person who is disqualified may undergo a driving theory test in respect of the categories AM or BW. Persons seeking a test in the higher categories (Truck, Bus, CPC, ADI) may only undergo the test when they hold a valid driving licence in category B and they thus cannot undergo the test when disqualified.

Persons who have passed the theory test in categories AM or BW while disqualified may subsequently have the certificate accepted if presented within the validity period and with a valid application for a learner permit.

For further clarification please visit the RSA website.

There are five separate Driver Theory Test categories:

CategoryExam nameRespective Learner Permit/Driving Licence Category
AMMotorcycle/Moped Theory TestA, A1, A2 and AM
BWCar/Tractor & Work Vehicles Theory TestB, BE and W
CTruck Theory TestC, CE, C1 and C1E
DBus Theory TestD, DE, D1 and D1E
CDBus & Truck Theory Test

There are over 40 Driver Theory Test locations throughout the Republic of Ireland. You can choose a Test Centre that is most convenient to you. Please note that available appointment times may vary between Test Centres.

You will be able to select your test centre and view its current appointment times at the online booking service.

The official fees for the Driver Theory Test are detailed in the relevant booking page – please choose your test type from the Booking Page.

Accepted payment methods for All Driver Theory Test Categories are Mastercard, Visa Credit and Debit card, Revolut card and cheque or postal order.

Theory Tests are provided in the Irish language for Vehicle Categories A, B, C & D. The new combined C & D Theory Test, Bus Module Test and Truck Module Test will only be provided in English until further notice. A, B, C & D Test category names are displayed in English and Irish during the scheduling process – if displayed in Irish the test will be delivered in the Irish language.

If you have a disability and require our Test Day Assistance service you can contact us on 0818 606 106 or via our Contact Form.

Changing your Test

It is possible to reschedule or cancel your booking free of charge provided the request is made 7 calendar days before your test date.

You can reschedule your appointment within 6 working days of your appointment date, but you will be charged an administrative fee of 50% of the original exam fee. It is not possible to reschedule an appointment on the same day as your scheduled appointment.

You can cancel your appointment within 3-6 working days prior to your appointment date, but you will be charged an administrative fee of 50% of the original exam fee. The balance will be credited to the card you used for original payment. If you cancel your appointment 0-2 prior to your test you will not receive any refund.

Please call our Candidate Services Team on 0818 606 106 (Lo-call rate) Monday to Friday from 8AM to 6PM or online at Reschedule or Cancel your Test.

If you fail to arrive at the Test Centre in time for your test appointment, or cancel your test in less than 5 business days (to include 3 complete business days) prior to your test date, you will lose your test fee.

Taking your Test

We ask that you please arrive 30 minutes ahead of your test time to allow for your check-in process.

Firstly, the Test Centre staff will check if you have the required Identification.

Please note that if you do not bring the required identification with you or you are late for your appointment you will not be allowed to test and you will lose your test fee.

Then, you will be signed in and a Test Centre Administrator (TCA) will explain the procedures and how the test works. They will then show you to the workstation where you will take your test.

During your check in process security wanding takes place to detect for any mobile or Bluetooth devices.

You may also be asked for your trousers or sleeves to be rolled up or for your pockets to be turned out. Your ID will be thoroughly checked for accuracy and validity.

Within the testing room your test session is monitored and recorded.

Theory Tests are provided in the Irish language for Vehicle Categories A, B, C & D.

You will be given a specific timeframe and number of questions depending on the your Driver Theory Test category. The questions are selected randomly from the question bank for the relevant test sections.

CategoryTimeQuestionsPass Mark
AM or BW45 mins4035
C or D120 mins10074
CD180 mins140104
Bus Module Test45 mins4030
Truck Module Test45 mins4030

Yes, you can skip or mark questions and then come back to them at any stage within your test time.

Yes, there is a simple way to cancel your answer and select another.

No – as part of the test there is the option to take a practice session so you can become familiar with how the test works. If you do have any concerns or problems our staff are trained to help.

Any attempt by a candidate to cheat in the Driver Theory Test is taken seriously.

Prometric Ireland Ltd. is employed by the Road Safety Authority to deliver the Driver Theory Test in a secure environment, to protect the integrity of the test and to provide a fair and equal opportunity to all candidates who sit the test. Any attempts to cheat that contravene this secure and fair environment are reported immediately to the Road Safety Authority.

If an incident of cheating occurs, it will be reviewed on a case by case basis. On foot of the review, a non-testing period may be applied to a candidate. During this period, the candidate is not permitted to book or sit a Driver Theory Test.

The candidate will be informed in writing if a non-testing period is to be applied and the duration of this period. Finally, we also wish to remind you that the Test Centre is video and audio monitored at all times.

A maximum non-testing period of 3 months from the test date is applied to candidates caught cheating.

Yes, you can exit your test at any time you see fit.

Test Results

At the end of your exam a pass or fail result will be displayed on screen. You will also be sent a link to view your score report via the email you provided on your booking. This report will show the specific category areas where you answered questions correctly or incorrectly.

Your score report will be available for you to view and print via the link you receive via email after your exam has ended. This report will be sent to the email address you provided on your booking.

You can also view your score report at Prometric – Report Lookup by entering your Confirmation number and Last Name.

There is both an accent and a síneadh fada command on a keyboard/smart device that are coded differently but look exactly the same to a user. If one is used on the registration process and then the other is used to look up the online score report there will be a mismatch. Please ensure to use the correct version of an accent or a síneadh fada when registering and when trying to look up the online version of your score report.

You can now apply online for your Learner Permit at the National Driver Licence Service (NDLS) website. No need to complete paper forms, book appointments or attend an NDLS centre. All you need is your Public Services Card and your verified MyGovID. Read more about NDLS Online.

You can request a rescore of your Driver Theory Test by calling 0818 606 106 (Lo-call rate) to speak to our Candidate Service Team who are available Monday to Friday from 8AM to 6PM (excluding public holidays).

You will be asked to complete a test appeals which can be returned via email. Please note you can only appeal a test result within 10 days of your exam.

The fee for this process is €15.00. Acceptable payment methods are: Cheque or Postal Order made payable to Prometric Ireland.

It is strongly advised to wait at least 3 complete business days before you re-sit your test again to allow you time to revise.

Your Driver Theory Test Certificate is only valid for 2 years from the date of your test.

If you have not submitted an application to the National Driver Licence Service (NDLS) centres for your first learner permit within 2 years of your test, you will have to sit and pay for the test again.

Additional Information

Please Note: only drivers who have passed a Full Category C (Truck) Theory Test or full Category D (Bus) Theory Test on or after September 30th, 2014, are eligible to sit a Bus or Truck Module Theory Test.

These tests can be taken in addition to either the full Bus Theory Test or full Truck Theory Test.

For example; when a candidate sits and passes the Bus Driver Theory Test this provides them with a Driver Theory Test Certificate in driving a bus, plus the first part of the Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC).

If within two years of passing the full Bus Driver Theory Test the candidate decides they would like to be able to drive a truck also, they can sit the Truck Module Theory Test, meaning that they do not need to sit the full Truck Driver Theory Test.

However, if the candidate decides they would also like to be able to drive a truck two years after they initially sat the full Bus Theory Test, this exemption will expire and they will be required to sit the full Truck Theory Test as normal.

To book your Bus Module Test please call our Candidate Services Team on 0818 606 106 (Lo-call rate) Monday to Friday from 8AM to 6PM.

You are required to pass a Driver Theory Test if it is your first learner permit / provisional licence in a specific category.

You must submit your application to the National Driver Licence Service (NDLS) centres and provide the Driver Theory Test certificate in respect of the category you are applying for.

The Official Driver Theory Test service is operated by Prometric Ireland Ltd. on behalf of the Road Safety Authority.

There are various options to accommodate candidates who may require special assistance to take their test.

For instance, we offer a voiceover option whereby the questions and answers are read out to the candidate over the headphones; we can allow extra time for the candidate to take the test; we also offer a reader recorder service whereby a staff member will read the questions and answers to the candidate and record their answer on screen.

For more information please see Test Day Assistance/Support.

To apply for a BE learner permit you must hold a full current category B driving licence. Theory Tests for car (Category B) and car and trailer (Category BE) are grouped together for Theory Test purposes.

If you sat and passed the Theory Test for your category B learner permit on or after 25 April 2001 you do not need to sit the Theory Test when applying for a learner permit for car and trailer (Category BE).

However, if you applied for your first category B learner permit before the introduction of Theory Test on the 25 April 2001, you must now complete a Theory Test before applying for a category BE learner permit.

In the interest of maintaining a quiet and professional testing environment for all candidates, we ask that all Driver Theory Test candidates behave in a respectful and appropriate manner when attending the Test Centre. Abusive and anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated at the Test Centres.

Should a Driver Theory Test candidate behave in an unsatisfactory manner, it is possible that the candidate may not be permitted to test and may be asked to leave the Test Centre. The Gardaí will be contacted if necessary.

If an incident of abusive and/or anti-social behaviour occurs, it will be reviewed on a case by case basis. On foot of the review, a non-testing period may be applied to a candidate. During this period, the candidate is not permitted to book or sit a Driver Theory Test. The candidate will be informed in writing if a non-testing period is to be applied and the duration of this period.

Finally, we also wish to remind you that the Test Centre is video and audio monitored at all times.

A maximum non-testing period of 3 months from the test date may be applied to candidates demonstrating anti-social behaviour.

For full details on the Driver CPC licence acquisition process are available from the RSA CPC Unit website.

If you sat and passed your BW Theory Test you can apply online for your Learner Permit at NDLS.ie.

The ESDS Theory Test is open to nominated emergency services drivers who work for the following organisations which form the ESDS Panel (who were involved in the development of the standard):

  • Civil Defence
  • The Irish Coast Guard
  • The Defence Forces
  • An Garda Síochána
  • Health Service Executive National Ambulance Service
  • The Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council
  • The Chief Fire Officer’s Association
  • The National Directorate for Fire and Emergency Management
  • The Irish Prison Service

The purpose of the test is to examine knowledge of the appropriate level of ESDS. In order to prepare for your ESDS Theory Test the RSA have a recommended reading list, which is detailed below.

  • ESDS Guidance Manual
  • ESDS Syllabus
  • Rules of the Road
  • RSA Medical Fitness to Drive Guidelines
  • RSA Learning to Drive a Car
  • RSA Guide – Sharing the Road with Emergency Service Vehicles
  • RSA Learning to Drive a Truck
  • ESDS Information booklet
  • ESDS Competence Framework
  • RSA Learning to drive a bus
  • ESDS Drivers Guide
  • ESDS Trainers Handbook
  • ESDS Tactical Response Guidelines
  • Roadcraft

Full details can be found on ESDS section of the RSA website.