Practical Test

Practical Test

Once you've passed your theory test, your instructor will advise on your readiness for taking the practical test. The DVSA's official video is a good place to start:

We always aim to get you through on the first attempt, so here are a few ways to maximise your chances.

Practice Makes Perfect

Plenty of practice between lessons with friends and family is invaluable
Take a mock Practical test - ask us about taking a mock test. The DSA (Driving Standards Agency) regularly publish the top 10 reasons why learners fail their Practical Test

To maximise your chances of passing first time, here are some of the big things to look out for:

Look carefully to judge when best to come out of side roads
Use the controls correctly and demonstrate good observation when reverse parking
Use the mirrors effectively long before you change direction or slow down
Use the controls correctly and demonstrate good observation when reversing round a corner
Use signals correctly, including how to cancel them and not give misleading ones
Move away correctly from stationary positions, including good observation
Use the correct road position, particularly on bends, and show good lane discipline on roundabouts
Have good steering control, when making left or right turns for example
Get in the correct position when turning right
Don't hesitate or cause delay. Always pull out promptly at junction

Booking the Test

Please contact us for advice on booking your test - your instructor can assist with this.

When you book your test you'll need:

Your provisional driving licence
Your Theory test certificate number
A debit or credit card for payment
Your preferred dates and times for the test
Details of any special requirements such as an interpreter
We advise you to make your own arrangements for the driving test, but if you wish to use your instructor's car, please let us know as soon as possible.

Please note that to hire the car for the test day costs £90

You can cancel your test for any reason, but you'll need to give ten working days' notice to keep your fee. The Practical test can be rearranged up to three times before it's automatically refunded. Or if you prefer, you can book your own Practical Test directly with the DSA.

Remember to make sure your instructor is available on the day, and let them know when you get your test appointment letter.