The Theory Test
Before taking your Practical Driving test, you’ll need to pass a Multiple Choice Question and Hazard Perception test, also known as the Theory Test.
The theory test is a key part of learning to drive and covers all aspects of road rules, signs and what to do in emergency situations.
It’s vital you put the time and effort into studying for you theory test, as this allows you to implement what you have learnt into your practical driving to keep you and those around you safe on the roads. Putting time and effort into your study means you’ll save time and money, as you will be far more likely to pass first time.
Your theory test is made up of 50 multiple choice questions, to which you must answer 43 correctly to pass. You will also need to pass a hazard perception test. This test is a series of video simulation clips and is testing your response times to hazards that are coming up. You must score 44 from a possible 75 to pass this part. To successfully complete your theory test you must pass both parts of the test in the same sitting.
We highly recommend that you purchase a Highway code book, ‘Driving The Essential Skills’ and ‘Know your Traffic Signs’, these can be purchased from your instructor or widely found online. A combination of these 3 books contain all the information you’ll need to answer the questions in your theory test.
As a student of UP Driving School, we have an online theory website that you can use for free. This contains practise tests and hazard perception video clips, to allow you to practise just like in the test itself. The bonus to using this is we can see from our side what you’re studying and support you where needed. Ask your instructor for details about how to sign up or email email@example.com with your full name and email address.
For more info on the theory test, such as costs and what you’ll need on the day, please visit the DVSA website by following this link….https://www.gov.uk/book-theory-test
the Practical Driving test
Your practical driving test will take place at a Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) testing station near you. The test takes approximately 60 mins of your time and is conducted by a trained DVSA examiner. You must take along with you your drivers licence, a car (could be your instructors car) which is fit for the road and insured, with L plates if you are a learner driver and an internal rear view mirror for the examiner to use. The examiner will greet you in the waiting area and ask to see your drivers licence, they will then ask you to read and sign the health and residency declaration on your test form (this is recorded on the examiner handheld tablet, along with your test report and result) then you will lead your way out to the car park.
The test will contain a few elements, included in this are an eyesight check, vehicle and safety questions (show me, tell me questions), approximately 40 mins of practical driving of which 20 minutes will be independent either following a series of road signs or a satnav and 1 manoeuvre that includes reversing. At the end of the test the examiner will give you your result and send feedback to your email address. If you pass you have the option for the examiner to send off for your Full drivers licence, be aware though they will take your provisional licence to do this. If you aren’t successful this time they will give you feedback, send you a report and ask you to book another test when you have had sufficient practice to rectify any issues.
Before getting into the car the examiner will ask you to read a number plate of a vehicle nearby. You must be able to read a standard number plate from 20.5 metres. You may wear corrective lenses or glasses to do this. If you do need eyesight correction it is important that you wear this at all times when you are driving, as it is a legal requirement. You will be given 3 opportunities to read a number plate from the required distance, if you cannot achieve this, your test will not go ahead.
Vehicle and Safety Questions
Also known as the ‘Show me, Tell me’ questions. One of the questions will be asked at the beginning of your test, just before the practical drive begins and one will be a demonstration question, asked whilst the car is on the move. You will need to answer questions by either demonstrating how you would check a vehicle maintenance requirement or by verbally explaining how you would. You will be asked 2 questions, 1 show/demonstrate question and 1 tell/verbally explain question. You must try to answer these questions to the best of your ability. If you are unable to answer the questions, the examiner will record a ‘driver fault’ on your test sheet. The questions the examiner may ask can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/car-show-me-tell-me-vehicle-safety-questions
The Practical Drive
The examiner will ask you to start your vehicle and proceed when safe. They will ask you to follow the road ahead unless they or the road markings direct otherwise. If they would like you to make a turning, they will give you plenty of time to do so. You will be asked to drive on a variety of roads, with varying conditions, speed limits and signs.
The examiner will also ask for you to drive independently for approx. 20 minutes of the 40 minute drive. This will either be by following road signs, (the examiner will guide you on which ones to begin following), or by using the satnav. The examiner will provide the satnav and even if your car has a satnav, they will still use their own, this is due to them having pre-recorded routes. Once the examiner has seen you drive independently for long enough, they will notify you that, that section is now complete.
During the 40 minutes the examiner will ask you to complete one reversing exercise. This will be either, reversing into a car parking space and then driving out, driving into a car parking space and revering out, reversing parallel to another car and kerb, on the road or to pull over on the right hand side of the road, reverse for approximately 2 car lengths then cross to re-join your side of the carriageway. You will only be asked to do one and the examiner is looking for 2 things at this point, that you are accurate with your attempts at the task and that you have overall good observations to remain safe whilst completing it.
Your test will be completed when you arrive back at the test centre and the examiner asks you to park and switch of your engine. The examiner will then take a moment to fill out any faults they have recorded and give you your results. The examiner will be marking faults in 1 of 3 ways, either as a ‘driver fault’ (previously known as a minor), a serious fault (a major) or a dangerous fault (a major). You may have up to 15 driver faults on your sheet and still pass, anything 16 or above is a fail. You cannot have any serious or dangerous faults; this will lead to an automatic fail regardless of the driver faults. You will receive your results straight away and a copy will be sent to you at your email address.
If you are successful you will receive a pass certificate and can apply for your full drivers’ licence and you will become subject to the New Driver Programme, where you will be monitored for the first 2 years for accidents and any driving offences. If you are unsuccessful you can rebook your test straight away but cannot take it for 10 working days. This allows enough time for you to practice anything that came up on your test.
For more information regards pricing and your local testing station please visit: https://www.gov.uk/book-driving-test