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The Official DSA Theory Test for Car Drivers and The Official Highway Code 2008/09 Edition: Valid for Theory Tests Taken from 1 September 2008 Paperback – Illustrated, 21 Jul 2008

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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Stationery Office Books; Rev Ed edition (21 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0115529276
  • ISBN-13: 978-0115529276
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 21 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 70,593 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) is an executive agency of the Department for Transport. Information on road casualties is available on the Department for Transport website www.dft.gov.uk. The DSA aims to promote road safety through improving driving standards, testing drivers and riders fairly and efficiently, maintaining the registers of Approved Driving Instructors and Large Goods Vehicle Instructors and Post Test Motorcycle Trainers as well as supervising basic training for learner motorcyclists.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jez on 20 May 2009
Well has all the questions available - so all you have to do is memorize them and give the "answers" *it* says are right. So you dont actually *learn* anything.

Bit of a money-making scheme to be honest because you can bet next years questions will be ohh soo slightly different to make it worthwhile buying. Example: i looked at the 2006 edition and this edition and a lot of the questions are the same but the answers are different e.g. marking 4 answers instead of 3 as before. (and the extra answer was one from the new book that didn't appear before)

Its fascinating that each year the answers change - should that mean that everyone should have to resit their theory test each year?

SCAM - but one you are compelled to invest in if you want to drive! Sorry but thats the truth - i await the negative ratings with relish.

Gave it 4 stars because it does do what it says no denying that. And i'm sure next years will be equally brilliant as well and it'll be a bestseller also.. not through choice do people buy this book... but through necessity...
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Caleb Williams VINE VOICE on 5 Mar. 2009
I have yet to take my driving theory test as I'm still making my way through this book trying to remember everything. This book simply contains all the questions and answers that may appear on your drivers theory test. It is the up to date one for 2008 - 2009 so obviously it's for anyone thinking of taking their test in the next year.

You don't really learn anything from this book, you simply have to remember the questions and the answers. I personally feel that through reading this, most of the questions are genuine common sense, so have skipped some chapters, but others such as highway code and signs I have read repeatedly to have them imprinted on my mind.

A good book that means if you've got a good memory, then you're almost guaranteed a pass.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By ShinsFortress on 29 Nov. 2008
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The Official DSA Theory Test for Car Drivers and The Official Highway 2008/09 Edition.

Is worth having the up to date edition. Do not settle for out of date cheaper version of last years lot.

Note: would recommend getting the complete edition (this one is book only) that also includes DVD as that will help with "Hazard Perception" and further aspects of the Theory Test.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By El Pedrodude on 5 May 2009
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As far as the product is concerned the book is all you need. Every question that could ever be asked is in there. And this new version with the highway code included is very nice seeing as one doesn't have to buy it separately.

However, since the authors, the DSA, also write the exams, there is no reason that they couldn't release the material online, either for free or for a small fee to cover costs. It seems like an unnecessary charge for an agency that is already government-budgeted.

So in short, product is excellent, but the fact that one has to buy it from the regulating agency is distasteful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Yam on 15 Aug. 2009
A very comprehensive and handy book which contains all the possible questions that could be asked in your theory test. However, the only drawback is, it doesnt guide you on where to start. Therefore my suggestion, based on my experience to all new readers, is to start with the Highway code section in the annexure first, followed by section on road and traffic signs, before you begin or start with the multiple choice section in the front. That way you will find it easier to relate and answer quickly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carlos H. Santos on 27 Feb. 2009
This book is everything you need to pass your Theory Test. Do not hesitate and buy your copy now. I am a driver for few years and had to take this exam in order to exchange my driver license in the UK and this book really has all the possible questions you'll find in the real test, result: I scored 49 out of 50. Good luck!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chalinee on 27 May 2009
Very impressive book. Highway Code and examples in one book. Not only for passing the theory test but also creating a positive attitude in safely driving. Many useful information and interpretation of highway code. I passed the theory test at 50/50 just after reading the whole book (even before writing this review).
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Just a big book mostly full of multiple choice questions representing everything you need to know for the theory test. I'm ok at remembering this sort of stuff for short periods, so I read through it carefully from cover to cover the day before and got full marks on that bit of the test.

If you're not great at studying dry texts, you'll need either: a patient and persistent friend who will be 'quiz-master' for a day or three, or a well-written companion guide (and preferably both).

You won't get a question on the test that isn't in this book, so while you might need more than just this one, you'd be a fool not to have a jolly good look at this book too.

Good luck.
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