Practical Test Information
The practical test will take approximately 35-40 minutes. You should arrive at the driving test centre in plenty of time – giving yourself at least ten minutes spare so you can relax and calm your nerves before the test begins.
Before the test starts you will be asked to sign an insurance declaration and produce the following essential documents: Provisional licence, Licence counterpart, Theory Test certificate. If all is in order you will then need to pass the eyesight check.
The examiner will ask you to read a car number plate from a distance of around 20m. Fail this, and you fail the whole test.
Next, the examiner will ask you two Show Me, Tell Me questions. These are widely published and can be found here - so no excuse for getting any question wrong.
The driving part of the test will then begin. 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 will have to successfully perform one of the following reversing exercises:
- left reverse (reversing around a corner)
- turning in the road
- reverse parallel parking
- bay parking
For about 10 minutes during your test you'll have to drive by either following a series of directions, traffic signs, or a combination of both. This is known as 'Independent Driving'. The examiner may show you a diagram to help you understand where you'll be going. It doesn't matter if you don't remember every direction, or if you go the wrong way.
You are allowed a maximum of 15 minor faults. Should you commit one dangerous or serious fault, you will fail the test.