Taking the theory test in another language

Taking the Theory test can be a daunting thought- especially if English is not your first language. Even if your levels of English are high, there is still the possibility that a word could be misread or not understood properly. This is why there is the option to take the theory test in a language that you feel comfortable and confident in. For example some people in Wales may prefer to take the test in Welsh as it is their first language.

There is quite a wide range of different languages that the test can be taken in. There are currently 21 different languages that can be chosen from. In most cases you will have a voice over speaking the chosen language. You are able to listen to the instructions through a set of headphones that will be given to you along with the test.  The questions are read out and you will hear the possible answers by pressing the text buttons that show up on screen. The questions can be replayed as many times as needed.

The languages that are currently available are (shown in alphabetical order): Albanian, Arabic, Bengali, Cantonese, Dari, English, Farsi, Gujarati, Hindi, Kashmiri, Kurdish, Mirpuri, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Pushto, Spanish, Tamil, Turkish, Urdu, Welsh

It’s important to make this known at the time of booking the theory test online or via phone. This is so the necessary arrangements can be made well in advance rather than on the day.

If the language you wish to take the test in is not featured on the list, there is still the chance to have a approved DSA translator ready to translate the questions for you to answer. Once again this must all be arranged well in advance of taking the theory test and extra fees will be charged for this service.

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