What you will be expected to do on your practical driving test, how to book it and how you can best prepare.


Once your instructor feels you are ready to take the practical driving test, you will
be invited to book a date. Once you have your test date, the countdown begins!


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we will prepare you for the big day in the best
way possible. Each person's needs differ so your own individual needs will be discussed with you in the run up to your test date. Test routes, manoeuvre's & safety questions are just some of the topics that will receive further attention leading up to the test day. On the day of your test you will book a 2 hour slot with your instructor (longer time slots may be booked and maybe required depending on distance to your nearest driving test centre). You will be picked up at least 1 hour before your test time which gives you the opportunity to 'warm up' before heading to the test centre.

Once your examiner has checked your documents they will ask you to read and sign the
declaration at the top of the sheet. This declaration is to confirm you are a resident in the UK and are covered by a valid policy of insurance which you are through your instructor. Your examiner will then ask you to carry out the eyesight test. This involves reading a car number plate from a distance of 20 metres (20.5 metres if the car has an old style number plate). You must be able to read this plate, with or without glasses, for the test to

If you would like your instructor to accompany you on test then please inform them before hand.

Once in the car you will be asked to perform one manoeuvre and possibly an emergency
stop. The test lasts between 35-40 minutes. As from October 2010, each candidate will
be asked to carry out 10 minutes of independent driving. This could take the form of a series of directions accompanied by simplified maps or you could be asked to follow signs to a particular destination. In some cases you could be asked a combination of both directions and signs. Please visit the pupils page (password protected, this can be gained from your instructor) where you will find what we have called 'a parents guide to independent driving'. This file hasmost of the routes including start and stop points for parents or accompanying drivers to help pupils prepare. If you aren't insured for private practice, get somebody to drive these route with you in the passenger seat.

You will be given the result of your test when you return to the test centre car-park. If you would like your instructor present at this point, please inform the examiner.

Booking your test

You will need the following to book your practical driving test:

    -   Your driver number (found on your provisional licence)
    -   Debit/credit card

The easiest way to book a practical driving test is via the official booking
website. The cost of booking your test is £62.00.


Alternatively, you may use the telephone booking service:

 0300 200 1122

PLEASE BE AWARE that if you use a search engine to look for the test booking site
you will probably be directed towards one of the many booking agent sites.
These sites are private booking agents who will charge you more than the £62.00 that
the DSA charge.


How to prepare

1.      If you are fortunate enough to be having private practice (i.e. with parent
partner ect...) then get as much road time as possible. Private practice is
practice providing what you are doing is GOOD PRACTICE! Don't slip into bad habits when you're not out with your instructor as bad habits can take a lot of work to get rid of!

2.      Read the Highway Code. Yes you have passed your theory test but reading the Highway Code once again will jog your memory about the road rules and

3.      Most CD's that you used for your theory revision have sections about the practical
driving test. Have a look at these sections as most show in car footage of a practical driving test as it happens.


Safety questions

As part of the practical driving test, you will be asked 2 safety questions about basic car safety/maintenance/controls. These questions will take the form of:

    -   Show me
    -   Tell me
    -   Under the bonnet

Show me questions require a physical answer, tell me questions require a
answer whilst under the bonnet questions require you to open the bonnet
identify certain items. The questions can be downloaded HERE