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Practical Driving Test

Your practical driving test will last about 38 to 40 minutes. The test consists of:

Eyesight test.
Vehicle safety questions (Also known as "show me, tell me" questions). There are two very useful videos on these topics which can be viewed on YouTube by searching for "DVSA".
One of four possible set driving manoeuvres and you may be asked to do a controlled stop.
A period of independent driving.*

*Around 20 minutes of the test will be devoted to independent driving. Four out of five candidates will be required to undertake the independent drive while following instructions from a SatNav device provided by the examiner; one in five will be asked to follow signs to various destinations.  The independent drive is not a memory test, so you are permitted during this phase to seek confirmation of the route but may not ask for specific guidance or advice about anything else.

Throughout the test your examiner will be looking for an overall safe standard of driving, including when you are carrying out the set manoeuvre. You can make up to 15 driver errors and still pass the test (16 or more results in failure). However, if you commit one serious or dangerous driver error you will fail the test.

During the driving test the examiner will give you directions, which you should follow. Test routes are designed to be as uniform as possible and will include a range of typical road and traffic conditions. During the test, the examiner will ask you to carry out a number of tasks, such as pulling over and moving off. This can occur during both the independent and directed parts of the test.
Throughout the test you should drive in the way your instructor has taught you. If you make a mistake, don't worry about it, it might be a less serious driving fault and may not affect your result. The examiner will be looking for an overall safe standard of driving.

How will the examiner will assess your performance?

All examiners are trained to carry out the test to the same standard, they do not have pass or fail quotas. As long as you demonstrate the standard required you will pass your driving test. The examiner is required to pay attention to:
The method, clarity, adequacy and correctness of instructions given

The observation, analysis and correction of faults committed by the pupil

Your general driving manners

Recognition of hazardous situations

Your conformance to traffic signs and regulations
Overtaking and passing

Use of the vehicle controls
Use of secondary controls such as wipers, demisters, etc.
Use of mirrors and signals

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