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Theory Exams

SVT Theory Exams 


SVT Theory Exams 




In order to give our members increased flexibility, the process for taking the SVT Theory Exams has changed.

As of April 2021, you can now apply for and take both theory examinations all year-round either online (using a proctoring system) or in person (at a Pearson Vue test centre). Please follow the link below for more details and for information on how to book.

Please note: once you have registered to sit a theory exam, it needs to be sat within 90 days of registration.




As of SPRING 2021 the exam can be taken at home/work via the Pearson VUE’s OnVUE online proctoring system.

This system allows candidates to take their theory test from a PC at home or at work without the need to travel to a test centre. This is a secure online proctored system which ensures the candidate can complete the exam in a similar way to the way they would in a test centre environment.

Please note, when taking the exam at home you should have a clean desktop and cannot have books, notepads, papers, pens/pencils, or any other writing instruments within arm’s reach. There is a digital whiteboard feature available within the online examination which can be used for making notes/working out.


The theory exams can still be taken in person using an electronic computer system at a Pearson Vue test centre located around the UK.

The current test centres are located in London, Belfast, Crawley, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Reading, Salford (Manchester), Sutton Coldfield (Midlands), Watford and Dublin (New Horizons test centre).

Please ensure you carefully follow the instructions on the link given regarding system requirements and the exam taking process.




The cost is £125 for each exam taken. Candidates must be current members of the SVT in order to take these exams.

If you wish to retake a failed exam you must wait a minimum of 3 calendar months after your failed exam before sitting your next exam.

Any candidates requiring additional examination time should contact the SVT theory examination officer in advance of application through ARDMS.  Contact details are provided below. Candidates will be required to provide documentation/evidence of their needs for extra time to complete the examination.

Please be aware that the slots at the Pearson Vue centres fill up on a first come first served basis (they host examinations for many different professional bodies) and therefore you may not receive your first choice appointment time or location.






Applicants will receive their score reports immediatly after completion of the exam. 

The primary test result will be a PASS or FAIL decision. In addition you will receive a scaled score, ranging from 300 to 700. A scaled score of 555 is required to pass both theory examinations.

The scaled score is not a percentage of correct answers, nor is it built on a "curve" where a certain percentage of scores would pass and a certain percentage would fail. 





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