The Practical Test

In your practical test, you have 40 minutes to demonstrate everything you will have learned with me in your driving lessons. You will need to show the examiner that you can drive competently and safely in all kinds of driving situations.

You’ll be asked to do two of the three reversing manoeuvres you’ve practised with me, and possibly make an emergency stop. You’ll also answer two vehicle safety check questions, one ‘show me’ and one ‘tell me’.

To pass, you will have to complete the test with no serious faults, and you must have 15 or fewer minor errors.

Independent Driving

Your practical driving test includes a section of ‘independent driving’. In this section of your test, you’ll be asked to drive for about 10 minutes without step by step route directions from your examiner.

Be prepared!

Take a look at the DSA YouTube channel for more guidance and information.

The current national average practical pass rate is around 43%, so it makes sense to be as prepared as possible. I will advise you when you are ready for the practical test and help you understand the main reasons people fail.

You’ll need to study ‘The Highway Code’, ‘Theory Test’ book and CD-ROM.

If you fail your practical test, but pass your theory, you need only sit the practical next time.

You can check the current costs of the tests here

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