In order to gain your full driving licence you will have to complete the Driving Test. This is a two step process, with both a practical and theoretical element.
Both parts of your provisional licence (the photo card, and paper document) will need to be presented to take the Theory and Practical tests.
The Theory test is computer based and is set into two parts:
Both tests must be passed at the same sitting in order to obtain a pass.
The first part of the test consists of 50 multiple choice questions taken from a question bank of about 1000. You are given about an hour to complete the test and the pass mark is 43 out of 50.
The second part is the hazard perception and this test follows the first test after a 3 minute interval.
This test involves candidates responding to 15 moving hazards presented during 14 one-minute video clips (one clip contains 2 moving hazards).
Candidates are required to score at least 44 points out of 75 possible in order to pass.
The practical driving test lasts for about 40 minutes and takes place on pre-selected routes designed for testing various different aspects of your driving skills.
The test starts with the examiner checking your eyesight (reading a registration plate from a distance of 20 metres with glasses if worn), and is followed by two vehicle safety questions. You’ll be asked one ‘Show Me’ and one ‘Tell Me’ question where you’ll have to show / explain to the examiner how you’d carry out specific vehicle checks.
For help with these questions you might find it helpful to look at the DVSA’s youtube videos.
There are three:
After that it will be on with the drive. During the test the examiner will give you directions, you’ll drive in various road and traffic conditions, and should drive in the way your instructor has trained you.
The test will include:
When you return to the driving test centre at the end of your test, the examiner will then give you the result. You’ll be told whether or not you have passed, and be given an explanation as to how you did on your drive.
To book either test be sure to go to the official government booking sytem which can be found by clicking on this link: Book your theory or practical driving test.
There are many other sites that will offer to book your test for you but they will often charge you a fee for doing this and there really is no benefit to you. If you’re unsure please ask, but you should only be paying £31 for a theory driving test and £62 for a practical driving test. If you’re being charged more, you may well be on the wrong site.
Once you’ve passed your test you might like to consider Pass Plus. A training course specifically aimed at new drivers. Pass Plus will build upon your existing skills and knowledge, it will teach you how to anticipate, plan for and deal with all kinds of hazards, and can help you to become more confident on the roads.
Pass Plus is made up of six practical modules which include:
With a pass rate of approximately 43%, lots of people unfortunately fail their driving test. A lot of the time this is down to insufficient preparation, but also sometimes down to some quite straight forward and perhaps easily avoidable mistakes on the day.
Here are some of the main reasons why people fail their practical driving test – pay attention to these and improve your chances of success!!
During your practical driving test you’ll be asked two questions about vehicle safety, often referred to as ‘Show Me, Tell Me’ questions. These questions are designed to ensure that new drivers have a basic understanding of the car and its controls and also some of the basic maintenance checks you can carry out yourself.
As from the 4th December 2017 the questions, and the way that these questions are asked will be updated.
At the start of your test you will be asked a ‘Tell me’ question, and whilst on the move during your drive you will be asked the ‘Show me’ question. All these questions, and where relevant, the answers too, can be found below. Failure to answer these questions correctly can lead to a minor fault on your test report – so well worth the revision to avoid an unnecessary driver fault.
All driving instructors and driving schools will be slightly different. How do you make the most of your driving lessons and know you’ll have the best chance of passing your practical driving test?
Here are our top tips to help you progress and ensure you are ready to pass your test 1st time:
Are you making the most of your driving lessons and giving yourself the best opportunity to pass your practical driving test?
If not, then a change might be necessary. Is it you that needs to change? Be honest with yourself, are you making the most of your driving lessons?
Do you need to change your driving instructor / driving school? It’s a big decision, but it’s your decision and if you want to pass 1st time you need to ensure you’re getting the best possible tuition and the best possible driving lessons.
All driving schools, and / or driving instructors should have terms and conditions of business. These terms and conditions are for the benefit of both the instructor / school but also you the pupil.
They set out the agreement between the two parties on the commencement of driving lessons and outline such things as to what to do if needing to cancel a driving lesson. You will be required to read these terms and to agree to them before starting your driving lessons.