About the Driving Tests

theory

Before you can take your practical test, you will need to take your theory test. This can be taken at a centre in Peterborough, and costs £32. To book a theory test, click here.

The theory test consist of 50 multiple choice questions and a helazard perception test. Once you have passed your theory test you have two years in which to take and pass your driving test.

If you need help with your theory test I can provide it - just contact me and I'll let you know how.

James' recommends the Focus Driving Test Success software to help you practice (click here to buy). This is especially good for practicing the computerised hazard perception part of the test. You can practice by taking mock tests or just revising the areas you are weak on.

Practical test

Your driving test will start with an eyesight check and some vehicle safety questions. You will then start your practical driving test which will include two reversing manoeuvres and possibly an emergency stop.

The driving part of your test will last approximately 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 e.g an emergency stop, turn in the road, left reverse, bay park or parallel park (you will be asked to complete two off the reversing manoeuvres and possibly an emergency stop). 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.

At the end of the test your examiner will inform you if you have passed or failed and will go over any faults that may have occurred during your test. You may take your instructor with you on your test or ask for them to be present for the de brief. The most common things people fail their tests for are:-

Click here to go to the DSA website and find out more about the driving test.