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The Practical Test

Practical Test – You will need to bring your theory test pass certificate and both parts of your provisional licence with you on the day of your test.

The driving part of your test will last about 40 minutes. Throughout the test your examiner will be looking for an overall safe standard of driving, including when you are carrying out the set exercises. You can make up to 15 driving faults and still pass the test (16 or more results in failure). However, if you commit one serious or dangerous fault you will fail the test.

Before the driving test begins you will be asked to complete an eyesight test (if you fail you can not proceed with the driving test). You will be asked to read a number plate from a set distance away.

Each driver should carry out basic safety checks to ensure their vehicle is safe for use. Some checks may require you to open the bonnet and identify where fluid levels would be checked. Please note: You will not be asked to touch the engine or check fluid levels.

Most cars come equipped with electronic diagnostic systems, which will inform you of the state of the engine, fluid levels and tyre pressures. It will be acceptable for you to refer to these systems when answering related questions, providing your car has them fitted.

During The Test

During the test your examiner will give you directions, which you should follow exactly. The test routes are designed to include as much typical road and traffic behaviours as possible. You will be asked to complete the set exercises you have practiced with your driving instructor.

You are allowed to have a person accompany you on your test. However, the person must be over 16 years of age and not interfere with the test in any way.

After the test

Pass?
If you pass your examiner will give you a pass certificate. You will then be able to send this away with your provisional to receive your full driving licence. You have two years after the date you pass your test to apply for your upgraded licence. Failing to do so will result if having to re-sit the tests including the theory and hazard perception.

Fail?
If you fail you should ask your examiner what went wrong. The feedback can help prepare you for your next test. You can immediately apply for a new test date.

Test Cancellations

You can cancel your test with a full refund providing you do so before 3 days

The examiner can also stop the test or cancel the test at any time. Your test will not be conducted in bad light, adverse weather conditions or in the event of mechanical problems with your vehicle.