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Any tutor at our HGV Training schools will spend a significant amount of time discussing the theory test. The HGV theory test is difficult for a lot of learners to get to grips with since many are more suited to practical skills, rather than academic skills. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to adequately prepare for these tests. The number one way is the practice exam.

Why a Practice Exam?

There are differing formats for different exams. This is a serious obstacle to overcome, especially if someone isn’t used to taking tests. The first major benefit is to get to grips with the format of the exam, and this is something which any good practice exam must have. There’s a limited amount of use when it comes to completing a practice exam which isn’t in the right format.

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Any test has a pattern, and the HGV theory test is no exception. The art of passing any test is to understand how they ask the questions. Questions use different language and examiners mark the exams in specific ways. When reading any of the questions presented in a theory test it’s important to know what the examiner is looking for. Only through a practice exam can somebody possibly understand that.

Acclimatisation is another factor. Believe it or not, getting into the correct state of mind isn’t as simple as flicking on a switch. Many students who enrol on courses with the HGV Training Centre haven’t completed an exam in over a decade, so they won’t have the correct state of mind. This is why tutors and co-ordinators continually reinforce the concept of the practice exam.

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What Tutors Do for You

Tutors prepare their students for their theory exams as it’s often the hardest part. Here are some of the things these qualified and professional tutors do to train each individual up before their examination day:

  • Providing the right materials to pass the test in the first place. This material isn’t always readily available for students. These state-of-the-art testing software suites are available through computers and as smartphone apps. Company servers retain data to monitor student progress and let them know when they’re ready.
  • Giving them the benefit of their experience in taking these tests. They know the tips and tricks needed to pass the exams, and these aren’t tips found in a simple book or computer program.
  • Riding with the student to their exam on test day. With some last-minute preparation and a pep talk each individual gains an injection of confidence.

Preparing for a Theory Test

Primarily, the student has to cope with themselves before they can pass an exam. Usually, the knowledge is already there, but their own nerves prevent them from bringing it to bear when confronted with a theory test. These are some of the things students should do to adequately prepare for their HGV theory exam:

  • Ask any lingering questions prior to the exam.
  • Complete multiple practice theory tests.
  • Avoid staying up late the night before.
  • Breed confidence and enter the testing centre with the view to passing with flying colours.

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Vehicle Type Verses Licence Class
HGV / LGV Cat 'C+E' (Class 1)

Any vehicle over 7.5t that has a detachable or separate trailer, Cat 'C+E' licences can only be applied for once the driver has taken and passed their Cat 'C'. These are larger vehicles so tend to be used for long haul, national and international routes. Starting salaries are around £28,000 per year.

HGV / LGV Cat 'C' (Class 2)

For vehicles in a rigid-based body that is over 7.5t – examples include fire engines, rubbish collection vehicles and any HGV, providing the vehicle is all one unit (i.e. the cab does not separate from the trailer). Usually operated in towns and cities, starting salaries for Cat 'C' drivers are around £24,000 per year

Cat C1

For use if driving any goods vehicle that is above 3.5t and below 7.5t in weight. If you gained your driving licence before 1997, you will automatically have this category on your licence. If you gained your driving licence after 1997, you will have to take a test. Note – if you gain your Cat 'C' you automatically get given your Cat 'C1', so it is advisable to take a full Cat 'C' course and get both categories for the price of one. C1 vehicle examples include: horseboxes, ambulances, Occado delivery vehicles etc. Course can be completed in 1x week.

Cat C1+E

Same as above, but gives you the capacity to tow a trailer behind your C1 vehicle. Course can be completed in 1x week.

Cat B+E

This enables you to tow an item behind a standard car. Again, if you passed before 1997 you do not need to pass a test to tow a trailer behind a car – if you passed after 1997, a full course and driving test is required. Course can be completed in 3x days.

Cat D

This is a full bus / coach licence, enabling you to drive any sized Passenger Carrying Vehicle. Course can be completed in 1x week.

Cat D1

Enables you to drive a minibus of 9-16 seats maximum. If you passed your driving test before 1997 this category will already be on your licence, if you passed after that date a full course and test is required. Course can be completed in 1x week.

Fork Lift

The licences depend on what vehicle is used and the type of environment it is used in. 1-day refresher courses: for experienced operators with lapsed licences 3-day mini courses: for experienced operators who have not received formal training 5-day full courses: for novices who have not received any training and have no experience. All courses begin with classroom time where you will learn the theoretical requirements of the vehicle they are being trained on. Includes all relevant aspects of health and safety and short multiple-choice Theory Test. Practical training begins with an explanation as to the operation of the relevant truck. Practical elements cover daily vehicle checks and safe loading techniques – you will then practice the operation of the vehicle until they become proficient, whereby a short practical test will take place.

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