Driving Test & Info

The United Kingdom Practical driving test is a test which drivers must pass to obtain a driving licence

Theory Test

Test & Info, A driving theory test must be passed before a learner driver can book a practical driving test. The theory test is in two parts; a multi-choice question test followed by a hazard perception test. It takes around one hour to complete the theory test.

Because the driving test waiting times have been up to three or four months recently, we would advise theory test candidates to prepare for and take their theory test soon after starting a course of driving lessons.  practical tests can be done the moment a theory test has been passed.

you need A minimum score of 43 out of 50 to pass the question part of the test. Usually, there are four possible answers to each question, one of which will be correct. You have 57 minutes to complete this part.

Hazard Perception

A score of 44 out of 75 is necessary to pass the hazard perception element. There will be fourteen film clips each lasting around one minute. Each clip will have at least one moving hazard. The faster you respond to the developing hazard, the higher your score for that clip. A maximum of five points are available for each of the fifteen hazards. In the theory test is now all computer-generated imagery.

You must pass both parts of the test on the same day. You will receive your result very soon after completing the test.

Practical Driving Test

A DVSA examiner will conduct the test for 38 – 40 minutes, around a pre-determined route. A maximum of fifteen driving faults are allowable to pass, however, if a serious fault (potential danger) or a dangerous fault (actual danger) occur it will result in failure.

Before leaving the test center you must read a number plate at a distance of 20.5m . you will fail your test if you can’t read the plate. And two vehicle safety questions will be asked a fault is recorded if an incorrect answer is given. Your driving is assessed in a variety of road and traffic conditions including rural and urban environments.

The test comprises:

  • An emergency stop (1 in 3 tests only)
  • A manoeuvre exercise (one selected from parking or reversing exercise)
  • Two or three stops on hills and in urban areas
  • A ten minute, independent drive following either a series of directions or a diagram or a combination of both
  • A variety of junctions and traffic conditions in rural and urban areas

After returning to the test centre the examiner will give the result straight away and a debrief on aspects of the candidate’s performance.

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