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UK Driving Practical Test

Throughout the test your examiner will be looking for an overall safe standard of driving. 

Upon arriving at the test centre, you and your instructor will enter the test centre and sit in the waiting area until the examiner enters and calls your name. The examiner will require your provisional licence and ask you to sign the declaration at the top of the test report. 

The examiner will introduce them self and ask if you would like your instructor to accompany the test and if you would like the instructor present at the end for the de-brief. You will then get asked to make your way to the vehicle. 

The test will start with an eyesight test. You must be able to read a new style registration plate at a distance of 20 meters. If you cannot do this the test will not go ahead and your fee will be lost. 

You will be asked two ‘Show Me – Tell Me‘ questions. As part of you training your instructor will prepare you and study material. 

The examiner will explain the format and duration of the test. Throughout the drive you will carry out ONE reverse manoeuvre, independent driving, where the examiner will give you directions or ask you to follow instrution from a navigation stsyem and possibly an emergency stop exercise.

The test will end back at the test centre and the examiner will confirm the test is over. The duration of the test is around 40 minutes, which you are assessed and any faults recorded. In order to pass the test your faults MUST NOT accumulate more that 15 minor faults, have more than 3 in the same category or any serious or dangerous faults. 

There are three types of faults that can be marked. 

DANGEROUS fault – involves actual danger to you, the examiner, the public or property.

SERIOUS fault – could potentially be dangerous.

DRIVING fault – not potentially dangerous, but if you make the same fault throughout your test it could become a serious fault.

The examiner will provide a de-brief to identity strength and weakness areas on the driving observed throughout the test and confirm your result as a Pass or Fail. A copy of your test report will be sent via email to the agreed address (checked at the start of your test). Upon success you will receive a certificate, which can be used until your full UK license is received, which is normally received within 21 days. 

If you fail your practical test, you can apply for another test date providing your theory certificate has not lapsed the two year period.

Extended Driving Test
As a disqualified driver, a court can order that you return to being a learner driver and take an extended practical driving test. The test is longer and more demanding and is aimed at checking your ability to drive. 

Courts can order that you take an extended driving test if you’re convicted of dangerous driving offences or other offences involving necessary disqualification. 

The practical test lasts for about 70 minutes and covers a wide variety of roads, usually including dual carriageways. You are advised to prepare by taking suitable instruction from an approved driving instructor (ADI). The cost for this test is double the standard fee. To book an extended driving test call 0300 200 1122.

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