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THE PRACTICAL TEST


The Practical Driving Test lasts between 38 and 40 minute, and is undertaken on a variety of roads with varying speed limits and different road layouts. The purpose of the test is to ensure that you are capable of driving safely on your own, whilst obeying the rules of The Highway Code, and Traffic Laws. The current Driving Test fee is £62.


You will be asked to perform one, out of a possible four manoeuvres.

From December 4th 2017, the Turn In The Road and the Left Reverse are being replaced by 2 different manoeuvres.


You may also be asked to perform an Emergency Stop (about one in three candidates are asked to do this).


During the test, the examiner will give give you clear instructions about where to drive, however for about 10 minutes you will be asked to drive independently. The examiner will either ask you to follow a set of road signs, or will give you a set of verbal directions to follow. You may get a combination of both. The idea behind the Independent Drive, is to check how you cope with driving whilst checking for turnings and signs. It is the closest thing to actual “real” driving on the test.

From December 4th 2017, the Independent Drive will be increased to 20 minutes and may optionally include following directions from a SatNav.


At the very beginning of the test, you will be asked to read a number plate from 20 metres, and will be asked two “safety” questions about your car. The safety questions, also called the “Show me, Tell me” questions, are taken from a set of around twenty possible questions and will include one “Show me” and one “Tell me” question. All the questions can be found here.

From December 4th 2017 the questions will be revised and the “Show me” question will be asked while you are driving. The revised questions can be found here.


During the test, the examiner will mark down any driving faults that you make:

There are three types of driving test fault:

During your test, you are allowed to make up to fifteen Driving Faults, however, you will not pass if you exceed this number, OR if you commit ANY Serious or Dangerous Faults.


At the end of the test, the examiner will tell you the result. If you have passed, he/she will offer to take and send away your Provisional Licence and have a Full Driving Licence sent to you. In either case, pass or fail, he/she will go through and explain any faults that you made during the test.


Book your Practical Test at https://www.gov.uk/book-driving-test