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Driving tests

Theory Test

You must pass the Theory Test before you can take the Practical Driving Test.

The Theory Test is computer based with 45 multiple choice questions and 5 questions relating to a scenario shown on the screen which you have to complete within 57 minutes.
To pass the test you must get at least 43 correct out of 50.
The Driving Theory Test is taken at the local Driving Standards Agency Theory Test Centre , you will need to take your photo card licence with you. If you have an old-style paper licence, you must take your signed driving licence and valid passport
After registration at the reception desk you will be taken to a booth containing a computer loaded with the theory test.
If you have any special needs the you need to inform the DVSA when booking your test
The questions are all  multiple choice. You will be asked a questions and will be given a number of possible answers . Most will require one option to be selected from a choice of four, some will ask for two, three or four correct options to be selected from a range of possibilities.
Be certain to read the questions very carefully and all the way through before answering . Sometimes there will be at least one response that is obviously not correct and so you can narrow the answers down. If you have no idea what the correct answer is,  have a guess! If you are not sure of the answer flag it  return to the question at the end of the test.
In your Theory Test you will be presented with one case study where you will be required to answer 5 questions that are related to the scenario shown on screen.
Each question will still be in the multiple choice format as with the other Theory Test questions.
You will still need to answer 50 multiple choice questions that are broken down as follows:
: 45 multiple choice questions
: 5 multiple choice questions that relate to the case study.
At the end of the questions you will be given the opportunity to go back to the questions that you have flagged  or review the whole test if you wish.  
The pass mark is 43 out of 50
Remember read all the possible answers before answering and take your time

Part 2 - Hazard Perception Test

The second part of the theory is the hazard perception test, this consists of 14 video clips containing 15 developing hazards. Thirteen of the clips contain 1 developing hazard and one clip contains 2.
To pass this part of the test you must score 44 out of a possible 75.
Note: You will have to pass both the Theory and the Hazard Perception
before you can book your Practical Test.

Practical Test

You will normally be picked up one hour before the test and have a final practice at each of the manoeuvres. We would also cover all the show me tell me questions and be shown the items under the bonnet of the car that correspond to that part of the test.
We would then go to the test centre about 10 minutes before you test and wait in the waiting room for a examiner to come and call your name   You are now on your own and need to put into practice all what you have been learning.
On the way out to the car the examiner will introduce themselves and then ask you to read a car number plate  from  a distance of 20.5 metres for an old style  number plate or 20 metres for a new style.
You will then be asked 1 of the SHOW ME  TELL ME  questions the list of questions can be found  Here
You will also asked to SHOW Me questions when on the move during your test
The driving test is about 40 minutes long and will cover a wide variety of roads. You will also be asked to carry out one of the manoeuvres listed below and possibly the emergency stop.
You will also be asked to do a section of independent driving lasting about 10 minuets.
Reverse parking behind a parked car or into a parking bay.
Go forwards into a parking bay and reverse out.
Pull over to right and reverse 2 car lengths.
During the test the examiner will tell you in good time which way to go. If you go the wrong way do not panic the examiner is testing your ability to drive not your ability to follow directions. It is better to go the wrong way correctly than to go the right way incorrectly.
If at any time you are unsure what the examiner requires do not hesitate to check what he or she wants; the examiner appreciates that you may be nervous and will be happy to repeat any instructions or clarify any instructions given.
If you make a mistake on you test, the examiner will mark you in one of three ways.
DRIVING FAULT         You are allowed 15 driving faults and you will still pass the test.
SERIOUS FAULT       One serious fault and you fail
DANGEROUS FAULT   One dangerous fault and you fail
At the end of the test when you have stopped the examiner will tell you if you have passed or failed and give you a copy of the test report.