First up is the theory and hazard perception test. This has to be passed before you can book your practical driving test so it’s good to get it out the way as soon as possible.
To book your theory test you will need a valid provisional license.
The theory test consists of firstly 50 multiple-choice questions. You need to get 43 of these correct within 57mins to pass this part of the theory.
Straight after the multiple-choice section comes your hazard perception test. This contains 14 video clips at about 1 min each long on the computer. Each clip shows everyday road scenes with developing hazards in them. You must identify these hazards as soon as possible by clicking the mouse. The earlier you click the mouse in response to the hazards the higher score you will achieve.
There are 15 hazards in all to identify and you can score up to 5 points on each. You will need to score at least 44 out of a possible 75 to pass.
How to Book and Prices
To book your theory test you can either by telephone by contacting the Driving Standards Agency (DVSA) on 0870 0101 372 or you can book online through their website; https://www.gov.uk/book-theory-test
Practical Driving Test
The first part of the practical test consists of an eyesight check where you need to be able to read a car number plate from 20.5 meters away. Failure to do so will result in the test being cancelled.
You will then be asked a tell me question. These are maintenance and safety questions about the car and getting it wrong will result in a minor fault.
Then comes the driving. The practical driving test lasts around 40mins and the examiner will take you round a test route designed to cover all the things covered in your driving lessons. You will need to prove to the examiner that you can drive safely and confidently in all different situations. The driving test consists of either 20 minutes following a sat nav or 20 minutes independent driving following signs. (4 out of 5 driving tests involve following a sat nav). The remaining 20 minutes of your driving test the examiner will direct you. The driving test also includes one reversing manoeuvre. This could be one of the following;
1. Drive forwards into a parking bay and reverse back out.
2. Reverse into a parking bay.
3. Reverse parallel park.
4. Pull up on the right-hand side of the road and reverse bay two car lengths.
You will also be asked a show me question on the move. For example, show me how to demist the front window. You have to demonstrate that you can operate the controls safely as you are driving. 1 in 3 also get asked to do an emergency stop.
To pass your driving test you will need no more than 15 minors and no serious or dangerous faults.
Practical driving tests can be booked online at; https://www.gov.uk/book-driving-test