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Taking your theory test if you have special needs

The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) provides a number of facilities for those people with special requirements, these include foreign language voiceovers, extra time, British Sign Language interpretation and translator assisted tests.

How do candidates with special needs take the theory test?

The following facilities are available for candidates with special needs. All of the facilities need to be requested at the time of booking.

Facilities for those whose first language is not English

If your first language is not English, or you can not read or understand written English well, you can request a voiceover in one of 21 languages. A voiceover allows you to hear the theory test instructions and questions through headphones. The questions will automatically be read out to you, you can hear the answer options by touching the text on the screen. You can hear the questions as many times as you like, you simply need to touch the text of the question onscreen again.

This service is only available until 7 April 2014. After this date you will have to take the test in English, Welsh or British Sign Language.

Currently, the languages available for the voiceover are:

ArabicGujarati PortugueseTurkish
CantoneseKashmiri PushtoWelsh
Dari Kurdish Spanish 
English Mirpuri  

Translator assisted tests

Translator assisted theory tests were available until 7 April 2013.

Facilities for those with reading difficulties

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 require more than the standard time of 57 minutes for the multiple choice part you will need to send in evidence of your reading difficulty to the theory test booking customer services.

Facilities for those with hearing difficulties

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 facility needs to be arranged through the theory test customer services section. There is no extra fee for either facility.

Other special requirements

If you have a special need that is not met by the facilities above, you can contact the DSA theory test support section, who can discuss your requirements and the facilities available.

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