At present those taking the theory section of the test can revise by taking advantage of the fact that the multiple choice questions and answers are published.
From September 2011 the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) will change the format of books and other learning materials available to help people prepare for theory tests.
Then, from January 1 2012, DSA will create theory tests using questions which will not be published.
Practice questions and answers, not used in theory tests, will still be available to help candidates with revision.
The DSA move follows last month’s decision to stop publishing driving test routes in advance.
Road Safety Minister Mike Penning, who announced the theory test changes today, said: “The driving theory test should help to prepare drivers for real life on the road. Good driving is not just about vehicle-handling skills, but also about having the knowledge and understanding of safe driving theory.
“No longer publishing these questions and answers will mean that successful candidates will have to understand the theory rather than simply memorising answers.
“I believe that this – along with the other changes we are making to the driving test regime – will lead to better drivers and safer roads.”