DVSA has rephrased all of the ‘continuation’ questions in the test. This type of question asks the candidate to choose an answer from a list, to complete a sentence.
The DVSA are changing the wording so that the candidate has to pick a statement to answer the question instead, which will make it easier for some candidates to understand.
An example of how the wording has changed is:
If you use a hands-free phone while you’re driving it’s likely that it will
increase your safety
increase your concentration
increase your awareness
decrease your concentration
If you use a hands-free phone while you’re driving what’s likely to happen?
It will make you safer
It will be easier for you to concentrate
It will make you more aware
It will be harder for you to concentrate
DVSA has also rephrased questions that contain negative language, to help candidates to understand the questions better. For example, ‘When should you NOT…?’ has been changed to ‘When should you…?’
DVSA trialed these revised questions with over 7,000 candidates to check whether they were easier to understand. Where the results of this trial showed a clear improvement or no significant difference, DVSA has replaced the question. Following the trial, 78 of the 88 revised questions have been used.
They have replaced words such as ‘increased’ and ‘decreased’ with simpler words such as bigger, smaller, longer, shorter. They have also removed or replaced longer words or phrases like ‘consumption’, ‘Vehicle Excise Duty’ or ‘medication’ with simpler words.