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Taking your theory test if you have special needs

When you book your driving theory test you should say if you have any special needs. This is so the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) can make reasonable adjustments for your test. Find out what you need to tell DSA about if you have special needs.

Booking your theory test if you have special needs

DSA provides a number of facilities for you if you have special needs.

You should tell DSA about your special needs when you book your theory test.

Taking a theory test with a voiceover in different languages

You can ask for a voiceover in one of 21 languages if:

  • your first language is not English
  • you cannot read or understand written English well

How the theory test voiceover works

A voiceover lets you to hear the theory test instructions and questions through headphones.

The questions will be read out to you automatically. You can hear the possible answers by clicking on the text on the screen.

You can hear the questions as many times as you like - just click on the text of the question again.

The available theory test voiceover languages

Voiceovers are available in:

  • Albanian
  • Arabic
  • Bengali
  • Cantonese
  • Dari
  • English
  • Farsi
  • Gujarati
  • Hindi
  • Kashmiri
  • Kurdish
  • Mirpuri
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Punjabi
  • Pushto
  • Spanish
  • Tamil
  • Turkish
  • Urdu
  • Welsh

Translator assisted theory tests

If there is no voiceover for the language you need, you can ask to have a translator assisted theory test.

The call centre agent should be able to tell you the names and contact details of the relevant DSA approved translators.

You have to arrange a test date with the translator and pay any fees they charge.

Facilities if you have reading difficulties

You must give proof of your reading difficulty if you need more time for the multiple-choice part

If you have dyslexia or other reading difficulties you can ask for an English or Welsh voiceover.

You can also request to have up to double time for the multiple-choice part of the theory test. If you do need more than the normal time, you must send proof of your reading difficulty to the theory test booking customer services.

Facilities if you have hearing difficulties

You can ask to take the theory test in British sign language, or take an interpreter to the test centre

If you are deaf or have hearing difficulties you can ask to take the theory test in British sign language (BSL).

The BSL interpretation will run alongside the standard test questions and answers.

If you do not use BSL, an interpreter can be taken into the test centre. This needs to be arranged through the theory test customer services section.

There is no extra fee for either facility.

Taking the theory test if you have other special needs

If you have a special need that is not met by any of these facilities, you should contact DSA. You can then tell DSA about your needs and find out what other facilities might be available to you.

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