Driving Test Information
The Theory Test
The theory test is made up of two sections and are held at various local test centres. They are computer based tests. You need to pass both elements at the same test to achieve a ‘Pass’ mark. You MUST take both the plastic and counterpart elements of your driving licence to the test. Failure to do so will result in the test cancelled and a loss of booking fee.
Before the test starts you'll be given instructions on how the test works. You can then choose to go through a practice session of the multiple choice questions to get used to the layout of the test.
A question and several answer options will appear onscreen and you have to select the correct answer to the question by touching the screen. Some questions may require more than one answer. Some car and motorcycle multiple choice questions will be given as a case study. The case study will show a scenario that five questions will be based on. The subject of the scenario focuses on real life examples and experiences that drivers could come across when driving.
You can navigate between questions and 'flag' questions that you want to come back to later in the test. After the multiple choice part you can choose to have a break of up to three minutes before the hazard perception part starts.
You are allowed 57 minutes to answer 50 questions. The pass mark is 43.
Practice With Our Mock Theory Test
Hazard Perception Test
You will be shown a short tutorial video clip about how the hazard perception part works. You'll then be presented with a series of video clips which feature every day road scenes. In each clip there'll be at least one developing hazard, but one of the clips will feature two developing hazards. To achieve a high score you'll need to respond to the developing hazard during the early part of its development. The maximum you can score on each hazard is five.
The pass rate is 44 out of a possible 75 points.
The Practical Test
The driving test is designed to see if you can drive safely and show consideration to other road users, pedestrians and the prevailing conditions. You must be able to demonstrate this through your driving. Your test is usually conducted in your Instructors car. You may, if you so wish, ask the Instructor to accompany you on the test. This should be discussed prior to the day with the Instructor. You are allowed upto 15 minor ‘driving’ faults but NO Serious / Dangerous faults. Be aware that repeated minor faults can be deemed to be a Serious fault.
For the latest news and information on the practical test visit the DVSA YouTube channel.
The test starts with the introduction by the Examiner and finishes when you have parked the car at the end. It follows the following format : -
- Checking of documents (plastic & counterpart licence’s) *
- Eyesight check (read a number plate at 20.5m) *
- 2 questions from the ‘Show me/Tell me’ published list.
- Driving test (approximately 40 mins)
- You will be asked to perform one of the following during the test :-
- parallel park at the side of the road
- park in a parking bay - either by driving in and reversing out, or reversing in and driving out (the examiner will tell you which you have to do)
- pull up on the right-hand side of the road, reverse for around 2 car lengths, and rejoin the traffic.
- Independent Drive (see below)
- Numerous Stop/Start manouvres (POM, MSM, Scalp & Angled start)
- Controlled stop
At the end of the test, the examiner will ask if you want your instructor present at the de-brief. He will then inform you of the outcome of your test.
* Should you not produce your documents or fail the eyesight test, then the test will not proceed and be deemed a Fail.
For about 20 minutes, half of the test, you will be asked to follow directions from a sat nav. This will be set up by the examiner, one in five driving tests won't use a sat nav you will follow road signs instead.
The examiner may show you a diagram to help you understand where you'll be going. It doesn't matter if you don't remember every direction, or if you go the wrong way.
The purpose is rather to assess your ability to drive safely whilst at the same time having to make your own decisions in order to reach your target destination. This includes for example deciding when it's safe to pull over and ask for directions. Your result will not be affected unless you commit a driving fault, even if you go off the independent driving route.
Cost of Test when booking: Mon-Fri £62.00