Before you take your practical driving test you must pass your theory test. However, you must have a provisional driving licence before you can apply to take the theory test. Click here for information about applying for your first provisional driving licence.
The Theory Test
There are 2 parts to the test:
- multiple-choice questions. You have 57 minutes to answer 50 multiple-choice questions.
- hazard perception - 14 video clips which feature everyday road scene and contain at least one ‘developing hazard’ - but one of the clips features 2 developing hazards
You book and take them as a single test. You must pass both parts to pass the test. Click here for more information about the theory test.
As part of your driivng lessons you will get free access to Theory Test Pro to help you to prepare for your theory test.
The Practical Driving Test
Click here to watch the DVSA's video about the driving tests up to December 4th 2017.
There are 5 parts to the driving test:
- an eyesight check - 20 metres for vehicles with a new-style number plate or 20.5 metres for vehicles with an old-style number plate
- ‘show me, tell me’ vehicle safety questions
- general driving ability - Youwill drive in various road and traffic conditions, but not on motorways. You will be asked to make normal stops at the side of the road, pull out from behind a parked vehicle and demonstrate a hill start
- reversing your vehicle - reverse around a corner, turn in the road, reverse park - either into a parking bay or parallel park at the side of the road
- independent driving - lasting about 10 minutes by following either: traffic signs, a series of verbal directions or a combination of both. The examiner can show you a simple diagram to help you understand where you’re going when following verbal directions.
The test is the same for both manual and automatic cars. However, please note that I now only deliver learner training in an automatic car. This means that when you pass your driving test you will only be able to drive an automatic car.
You will pass your driving test if you make no more than 15 driving faults and no serious or dangerous faults.
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Information about the new driving test format
From Monday 4th December 2017 the driving test for learner drivers is changing.
Click here to watch the DVSA's video about the new driving test.
During the independent driving part of the test, most candidates will be asked to follow directions from a sat nav.
The independent driving part of the test currently lasts around 10 minutes. However, this part of the test will be made longer, so it’ll last around 20 minutes - roughly half of the test. During this part of the test, you have to drive without turn-by-turn directions from the driving examiner.
The new test format will see the introduction of a sat nav to provide the directions for the independent part of the driving test. However, one in 5 driving tests won’t use a sat nav and you will be given traffic signs to follow instead.
The ‘reverse around a corner’ and ‘turn-in-the-road’ manoeuvres will no longer be tested.
You’ll be asked to do one of 3 possible reversing manoeuvres:
- parallel park at the side of the road
- park in a bay - either 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 2 car lengths and rejoin the traffic
Vehicle Safety Questions
The examiner will ask you 2 vehicle safety questions during your driving test - these are known as the ‘show me, tell me’ questions.
You’ll be asked the:
- ‘tell me’ question (where you explain how you’d carry out a safety task) at the start of your test, before you start driving
- ‘show me’ question (where you show how you’d carry out a safety task) while you’re driving - for example, showing how to wash the windscreen using the car controls and wipers
The pass mark is staying the same. So, you’ll pass your test if you make no more than 15 driving faults and no serious or dangerous faults.
The examiner will still mark the test in the same way, and the same things will still count as faults.
The overall time of the driving test won’t change. You’ll still drive for around 40 minutes.
The driving test cost will also stay the same.
Safe driving for life website - this website contains a lot of useful information for learner drivers
Contact Alistair Stuart on 07813 824125 for more information or submit the form below.