Passenger car and light lorry

Will you be taking a car or van test? You take the category B test with us.

To obtain a car driving licence, you must pass a theory test and a driving test. You must have passed the theory test before you can take the driving test.

Things to bear in mind before taking your theory test

 Here are a few things to bear in mind before you take your theory test with us.

  • You must have completed both parts of the risk course. The risk course must be valid when you come to us.
  • A photo of you will be taken before the test. You will need to show valid ID at that time. What if you do not have valid ID? Ask someone else to certify your identity.
    If you do not have valid ID
  • If you are under 18 years of age when you book, you must pay for your test at least 25 hours before the start of the test.
    How to pay if you are under 18
  • The tools you need are available in the theory room. Mobile phones must be completely switched off.

Remember to start reading up on the theory well in advance of the test. If you practise answering questions, bear in mind that the questions you find online or get from your instructor will not be the same as the questions in the test.

What will happen during the theory test

The category B theory test has been translated into 14 languages. You choose the language when you book. The test consists of 70 questions in total, but you can score a maximum of 65 points. This is because 5 of the questions are sample questions and do not count towards the test score. To pass the test, you must answer 52 questions correctly. The test lasts 50 minutes, and you may choose to listen to the questions in the test if you wish.

You will find out whether you have passed or failed immediately after the test. You will also receive an email showing your results. A theory test pass is valid for four months.

Theory test in another language

The theory test for category B can be booked in another language. The test has been translated into 14 different languages and you choose which language you want to use when you book. You can switch the language to Swedish if you prefer during the test.

The theory test has been translated into:

  • Albanian 
  • Arabic (MSA, Modern Standard Arabic)
  • BKS (for Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian)
  • English (British English) 
  • Finnish (standard Finnish)
  • French (standard French)
  • German 
  • Persian (Farsi)
  • Russian 
  • Somali
  • Sorani (southern Kurdish)
  • Spanish (international Spanish)
  • Thai
  • Turkish

Your theoretical knowledge is important. You need to be as safe and environmentally friendly as possible in traffic. Thus, studying is crucial if you want to pass the theory test.

Here is a version of the video The theory test with audio description

What the theory test involves

This test is designed to demonstrate that you have the knowledge needed to drive safely. The theory test gauges how much you know in five areas. Here are a few examples from each area.

Vehicle knowledge and manoeuvring

  • You must know how the vehicle works and how road conditions affect driving characteristics
  • The potential risks if the car does not work properly.
  • The link between how you drive and how the car behaves.

Environment

  • You must know how choosing different modes of transport can affect the environment.
  • How to drive your car in a safe and environmentally aware way.

Road safety

  • The impact of applying sound judgement when interacting with other road users.
  • How to adapt your speed, vehicle position and other driving in various situations.
  • How different road conditions and environments affect driver behaviour and road safety.

Road traffic rules

  • Road signs, road markings, speed, oncoming traffic and overtaking, loads, passengers and obligations towards other road users.

Road safety and behaviour

  • How peer pressure occurs, and how it can affect driver behaviour and road safety.  
  • How conscious or impulsive actions can affect road safety and the environment.  
  • How unwillingness to comply with rules and regulations affects safety.”

The theory test gauges whether you have the necessary knowledge to be a safe and environmentally aware driver. That is why it is important to have a broad knowledge of the whole subject area, rather than just learning the answers to individual questions.

What will happen during the driving test

The examiner will start by explaining what will happen during the test and what will be assessed, and will speak Swedish during the driving test. You cannot book your driving test in another language. If you cannot speak Swedish, you can watch a video in another language about the category B driving test before the test starts.
The driving test consists of:

  • safety check
  • driving in traffic

Once you've passed your theory test, it’s time for the driving test. Here’s where you show that you can put your knowledge to good use in traffic. Remember, it takes a lot of practice to become a safe driver.

Here is a version of the video on the Swedish Transport Administration’s YouTube channel, with audio description.

When you take your driving test, you must demonstrate that you can apply your knowledge in practice and drive safely.

Automatic – manual

If you choose to use an automatic car for your driving test, condition (78) will be specified on your driving licence. This means that you will only be licensed to drive automatic cars. If you want to be able to drive manual cars as well, you first have to have a photo taken at our centre and then do a driving test.

What do I need in order to obtain a driving licence? What do I need to know? This brochure will guide you through the process of obtaining a licence to drive cars.

Working towards your driving licence

FAQ

You can do this by consulting the Swedish Transport Agency.
Getting a driving licence – Swedish Transport Agency 

The test aims to gauge the knowledge and understanding you need to be a safe and environmentally aware driver. The questions gauge what you know over a broad range of topics covered by the test. That is why it is important to have a broad knowledge of the whole subject area, rather than just learning the answers to individual questions.

The results – which will be sent to you after the test – will show the subject areas where your knowledge is lacking and the questions you have answered incorrectly. You will need more practice in those areas. For instance, if your results show that you have incorrectly answered questions about road signs, you will need to learn all of them, not just the road signs that you were asked about in the test.

No, because the test is adapted according to the road conditions and weather. It goes without saying that you have to adapt your speed to the road conditions, just like any other driver. Slower traffic will give you more time to plan your driving.

No. The driving test is based on a common curriculum. This means that the requirements are the same no matter where you take your driving test.

No. You cannot swap cars at the time of your driving test, as the test has to be taken in the car that was booked. Other cars may be in use, which will make it difficult to swap cars at short notice.

If you have a driving licence from another country, in some cases it will be valid in Sweden as well.
I have a driving licence – Swedish Transport Agency

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