When you have passed your theory test and your driving is approaching test standard, your instructor will conduct a mock driving test and suggest when you should book your practical driving test. Please be aware that this does NOT mean that you are ready to take your test. You can book your test on line using the link below, or by dialling 0300 200 1122. You must pay the DVSA test fee of £62 at the time of booking. (Weekday evening and weekend tests are £75)
It is usual to have at least an hour preparation immediately before the test, allowing you to settle in and arrive at the test centre in good time. The cost of this preparation time and the charge for the use of the car during your test should be paid to your instructor before your test.
The practical driving test lasts for about 45 minutes and is conducted by a DVSA examiner.
After an initial eyesight check you will be asked to answer one vehicle safety check question. You will then be asked a second question whilst you are driving.
These are often referred to as the Show Me Tell Me questions. Click to download the questions for the Ford Fiesta Zetec TDCi
The examiner will then give you directions to follow so that he/she can assess the standard of your driving. The test route will cover a selection of different junctions and hazards to test you on topics you have covered during your training.
The test includes one reversing manoeuvre and possibly an emergency stop.
You will also be asked to drive following either sat nav instructions or signposts for approximately 20 minutes.
The DVSA Driving Examiner will use a tablet to record any driving faults. At the end or the test there will be a debrief and a copy of the report will be emailed to you.