This page gives you information about the Theory test and the Practical Driving Test.

Theory Test

The driving theory test has two parts, part one is a multiple choice test of 50 questions and part two is a hazard perception test of 14 video clips in which you will have to identify 15 developing hazards.

You need to pass both parts of the test. If you pass one part and fail the other you will fail the whole test, and you will need to take both parts again.

Multiple Choice

To prepare for the multiple choice part of the theory test there are three books known as the source material, these include The Highway Code, Know Your Traffic Signs, and the relevant vehicle Driving Skills series. The complete set of theory test questions and answers is also available. All of this material is available from myself at no cost. Also available are examples of tests that can be completed by yourself.

During the test a question and several answers will appear onscreen and you have to select the correct answer to the question by touching the screen or using the mouse. Some questions may require more than one answer. You will be asked 50 questions in 57 minutes. You can navigate between questions and 'flag' questions that you want to come back to later in the test. The pass mark for the multiple choice part of the theory test is 43 out of 50.

 Hazard Perception

 The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) has developed a modular, multi-media training resource for the hazard perception test. This resource is available for loan by myself at no extra cost. This training resource adopts a structured approach to defining hazards, looking for clues, scanning and planning, cutting down on the risks and responding to hazards. The DVD also has a number of interactive, example hazard perception video clips.

Although the material provided is of great use the main way that you can prepare yourself for the hazard perception test is by being out on the road with your instructor seeing the hazards ahead of you and deciding what action to take.

During the Hazard Perception Test you will be presented with a series of 14 video clips which feature every day road scenes. In each clip there will be at least one developing hazard, but one of the clips will feature two developing hazards. To achieve a high score you will need to respond to the developing hazard during the early part of its development. The maximum you can score on each hazard is 5. The pass mark for the car hazard perception part of the theory test is 44 out of 75.

Practical Test

When you report to the Test Centre with your instructor remember to bring with you:
    · The appropriate theory test pass certificate (or confirmation).
     · Your appointment letter.
     · Both parts of your photo card licence.

If you do not take both parts of your licence your test will not take place and you will lose your fee. If you misplace your licence you must apply for a replacement from the DVLA, which could take up to 15 days.

The driving test is straightforward and has been designed to see if you:

· can drive safely

· know The Highway Code and can demonstrate this through your driving.

What will the test include?

The test will include an eyesight test (if you fail this, your test will not continue). After the eyesight test you will be examined on your general driving and on one reversing exercise. The reversing exercise will be chosen from:
· Parking on the right
· Bay Parking
 · Reverse Parking or Bay Parking

You may also be asked to carry out an emergency stop exercise. A standard driving test takes about 40 minutes.

Since November 2017 an Independant Section of driving has been added to the Practical Driving Test.  For approx. 20 mins you will be asked to follow a series of signs or dirctions given to you by the examiner or listen to a Sat Nav for the same time.

What happens during the test?

During the driving test the examiner will give you directions which you should follow. Test routes are designed to be as uniform as possible and will include a range of typical road and traffic conditions. During the test, the examiner will ask you to carry out certain exercises.

Throughout the test you should drive in the way that you have been taught, don't try anything new and don't try to impress the examiner. Focus on the test and stay calm, if you make a mistake, don't worry about it, it might be a less serious driving fault and may not affect your result. The examiner will be looking for an overall safe standard of driving. You can make up to 15 driving faults and still pass the test (16 or more results in failure). However, if you commit one serious or dangerous fault you will fail the test.

All the examiners are trained to carry out the test to the same standard, they do not have pass or fail quotas. So as long as you can demonstrate the standard required you will pass your driving test.

Test Fees Theory Test Test fees effective from 1st Jan 2019

Standard fee for car £22

Vehicles Practical Test

Weekdays £62.50

Weekend and weekday £75.00 Evenings (tests taken after 4.30pm)