By Laura Molloy

Taking that first step towards driving? Feeling nervous about your upcoming test? Here are five tips to help you pass your theory test.

Revise: The theory test is no different to other exams; studying is still required. Driver theory test books are sold in bookshops across the country and are a great way to revise ahead of the exam. If you want to save money, see if a friend or relative kept theirs. If you are borrowing a book make sure the material in it is up to date.

Practice: Similar to the Junior Cycle and the Leaving Cert, mock papers of theory tests are available. Mock papers are a great way to familiarise yourself with the types of questions that get asked. They also allow you to test yourself to see which sections you need to revise more. Mock tests are available online.

Sleep: The theory test is a memory-based exam, meaning sleep is extra important. Make sure to go to bed early the night before your test. A rested brain will always perform better.

Arrive early: Nothing makes exams more stressful than running late for them. It’s likely that you’ll have booked your theory test a good bit in advance so you don’t want to miss it. Make sure that your public transport is running as planned or check what the traffic is like if getting a lift. Leave in plenty of time to avoid any delays.

Stay calm: Don’t be nervous! Worrying won’t help you to do better on the test. Go in with a calm mind and trust in the studying you have done. You’ve got this!

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