What to expect during the CBR Theory Test?

You have been studying for your CBR Theory Test? And you have planned a day and time slot to take the test? Of course, you want to be as prepared as possible to pass this test, so that is why we’ll inform you about the topics and questions you can expect get during this Driving Theory Test. Not yet fully prepared? Then take a look at this excellent on-line e-learning training and testing tool TrafficTrainer. Here you’ll also be trained for the CBR ITEC Cubicle or Individual Driving Theory Test; you’ll be taking this test in your own individual cubicle with a touch screen and will be able to answer questions within a limited amount of time (see below), whereby there is a maximum time limit of 30 minutes for the standard and 45 minutes for the extended time test.

IMPORTANT TO KNOW: Cubicle Theory Tests in English are only available for the car driving licence. For the mobility car/moped/ motorcycle you either have to take this Cubicle Theory Test in Dutch with/without extended time or the Individual Theory test with an official TolkenNet translator who will translate the questions and possible answers from Dutch to the language of your choice!

TOP TIP: If you can take a CBR Cubicle Theory Test we seriously recommend the extended time version, because this gives you 15 minutes extra time for reading, thinking and understanding the question and its answers properly. It also creates a more relaxed atmosphere with, in general, a considerably higher pass rate!

CBR Driving Theory Test – motorcycle (A) & moped licence (AM)

The CBR Driving Theory Test for the light moped, moped, spartamet, brommobiel and motorcycle licences consists of 50 questions about the traffic rules and regulations and the pass mark is 44 out of 50.

CBR Theory Test – car licence (B)

As per November 1st 2019, the CBR is making some major changes to the car theory test (Rijbewijs B):

This car theory test will consist of the following THREE parts:

Part 1: Hazard Perception

Part 2: Knowledge

Part 3: Insight

For the parts of Knowledge and Insight, the following applies:

Knowledge: 12 questions, of which 10 must be answered correctly

Insight: 28 questions, of which 25 must be answered correctly

The Hazard Perception part does not change and remains composed of 25 questions, of which at least 13 must be answered correctly.

New topics for the CBR Car Theory Test as of November 1st

The test topics for the car theory test have been reformulated from 25 to 8 topics and the topic of Hazard Perception. This classification offers more insight and is clearer for candidates and trainers. The diagram below shows which questions will be asked in which topics:

Will be queried in the test topic


Description Hazard recognition Knowledge Insight
Hazard perception Recognising danger in different situations and determining what to do: brake, release the accelerator or nothing.         X
Vehicle knowledge The requirements that a car must meet, such as load and lighting and knowledge of, for example, dashboard symbols and the use of mirrors. X  
Legislation The general regulations of the traffic legislation and documents related to the use of the car. X  
Use of the road Road, placement, filtering/getting in the lane, overtaking speed limit, standing still (stopping) and parking. X X
Priority Giving the right of way at junctions, giving the right of way when turning off and to pedestrians. X X
Special roads, parts of roads, road users and manoeuvring Amongst others about driving on a motorway or in a home zone (erf). And what you must not and may do with an, for example, a military convoy or when performing an exceptional manoeuvre. X X
Driving safely with the vehicle and responding to emergencies The use of lights, giving signals, seating, use of seat belts and responding to emergencies such as a breakdown and an accident. X X
Traffic signs and signals Traffic signs, traffic lights, road markings and signals given by, for example, the police. X X
Responsible traffic participation and environmentally conscious driving What knowledge and which skills are important for safe traffic participation and fuel-efficient driving? And what are the risks? X X

Till that date, the CBR Theory Test for the car licence is divided into two parts, which can be separated by a short break. To pass, you must have scored sufficiently for both parts, otherwise, the complete test will have to be taken again. These topics are presented to you on your own personal touch screen, showing the relevant picture and the accompanying question, plus answer text blocks, in the language in which you requested.

The two parts are:

1. The Hazard Perception Theory Test Questions ~ pass mark is 13 out of 25 (car licence only)

Your theory test starts with these 25 photographic questions relating to hazard perception and the recognition of dangers; these questions and answers are not read-out aloud. Each photograph shows you looking through the front windscreen of the car you are driving in a certain traffic situation; study the photo carefully and thoroughly for possible dangers. This part takes 7 minutes at the most and requires you to indicate within 8 seconds which, out of three, actions you would undertake: to brake, to release the accelerator or to do nothing. You will be able to see:

2. The Standard Theory Test Questions ~ pass mark is 35 out of 40 for the car theory test ~ 44 out of 50 for the moped/motorcycle theory test

Part two of this theory test must be completed within 23 minutes and will cover 30 questions about the traffic regulations/rules and 10 questions relating to insight regarding traffic situations. These questions and answers are shown on your personal touch screen and not read-out aloud. These questions are divided into five different types:

You can answer these questions – a photo, a picture or a drawing – in your own time, but remember that all the questions must be answered within the total time limit for the test. You can also click on the next button to proceed to the following question sooner. Questions that you are not sure about and leave unanswered, or that you want to review later can be marked; marked questions can then – time permitting- as yet be answered or corrected. Note that unanswered questions that you don’t mark cannot be retrieved and will therefore always be wrong!

Also remember that only the visible road users, traffic lights, traffic signs, road markings etc. are relevant to the questions and answers!

Study Advice

Of course, you can order books in English to study for the car driving theory test, but the best tool is the E-Learning method of TrafficTrainer  

This is an excellent fully English e-learning and practice questions tool, offering you all the latest studying and testing materials with immediate email support when needed! They are the only company doing this! Available for the passenger car, motorcycle and moped driving theory tests it covers all the learning materials that you’ll need to know plus a very extensive 400+ Hazard Perception (car only) and 12.000+ Knowledge & Insight revision questions data bank. Updated daily, if necessary, this is the best way to learn; so sign up for a week, two weeks, a month or more of unlimited access (no time restrictions) …… and off you go.

Step 1:  Start with the Glossary, to become familiar with the terms and words used in the test

Step 2: Go through each learning Chapter, each Chapter covers one or more topics

Step 3: After each Chapter take the Short 10 questions test to check your relevant knowledge on that topic. Do this continuously until you score 9 out of 10 questions during three tests in a row, before going on to the next Chapter! After having done this with all the Chapters you’ll be ready to have a go at the complete tests

Step 4: After having done this with all the Chapters you’ll be ready to practice the revision questions of the three parts 1) Hazard Perception, 2) Traffic Rules, and 3) Insight separately before attempting Complete Tests;
practice these parts and take as many tests as you can to get a very broad knowledge of the set-up in the actual CBR Theory Test. Remember there are in total 12.500+ revision questions!

Keep testing yourself this way until you pass at least three of these complete tests in a row …. only then are you well and truly ready to go! Now you’ll be even more than fully prepared to take this test.

Step 5: Review all the test Results that you took to see where you might be weak!

Good Luck!

The Topics of the CBR Theory Test Questions for the motorcycle and moped

The 40 or 50 questions of the CBR Driving Theory Test are divided into 25 categories, which are marked by a letter from “A” through to “Z”. Below you will find a chart explaining to which category a specific letter belongs. After this test, you will receive the test result sheet from the examiner. On this sheet you can find the respective categories in which you either: answered wrongly, answered too late or answered not at all. These are the categories which will require extra attention while preparing for your next test!

A: General traffic legislation (Road Traffic Act)
B: Regulations regarding driving entitlements and driving licences
C: Vehicle equipment and design, the loading and towing of the vehicles
D: Technical aspects, maintenance & inspection of vehicles
E: Use of seat belts & helmets and the seating of passengers
F: Environmentally friendly & fuel-efficient driving
G: Hazards related to the condition of the driver (tiredness, proficiency, physical and mental condition, alcohol and medications)
H: Hazards related to the driver’s vehicle characteristics and condition
J: Hazards related to the presence & behaviour of other road-users
K: Hazards related to road conditions, visibility & weather circumstances
L: Behaviour at the scene of accidents & breakdowns en-route
M: Giving way at junctions (perpendicular priority)
N: Giving way when turning-off (parallel priority) & at exits
O: Giving way to the blind or disabled persons & pedestrians
P: Giving way to the emergency services (priority vehicles), military convoys & trams
Q: Performing special manoeuvres & giving way during performing
R: Road placement & positioning
S: Speed
T: Overtaking
U: Stopping and parking
V: Giving signs and signals
W: The use of lights
X: Traffic signs
Y: Traffic lights & indications
Z: Road markings


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