Online Training: The Practical Test

How to book a Theory or Practical Test

Visit the DSA website for information on Theory and Driving Test Centres in your area, test fee's, test requirements and much more. Our link will take you to the DSA Home Page from where you can select the area of specific interest to you.

You must have the following information ready

  • Category B
  • Cars / vans presented for test must be a four wheeled vehicle capable of a speed of at least 100kph and be fitted with
  • A passenger seatbelt
  • Passenger head restraint
  • An interior mirror for the examiner's use.

The Practical Test

Minimum Test Vehicle Requirements for a Practical Test

  • Your driving license number.
  • Your personal details (Name, Address, Post code, Date of birth, Telephone number).
  • Type of vehicle (Car, Motorcycle). Time of test (Weekday, Evening, Saturday).
  • Your instructor's ADI number. (Ask your instructor for this)
  • How soon you would like your test.
  • Your credit card details.
  • A test date and time will be given, which may be changed if it’s unsuitable.
  • You must give least 10 working days notice to cancel your test.

Bonnet Checks

You have to answer two questions about the vehicle checks you would carry out before driving. These include such things as tyres, brakes, coolants, lights. Click here to view the type of questions that could be asked.

Click here to Watch a DSA video the type of questions that could be asked.

If you answer one or both of the questions incorrectly this counts as a single driving fault. More than a total of 15 driving faults and you fail.

On the day of your Practical Test

The driving test lasts approximately 38 / 40 minutes (Extended tests will last about 70 minutes). First you will meet the examiner (either male or female) in the test centre. You must have three vital documents with you:

  • Your signed provisional driving licence.
  • Your theory test pass certificate.
  • An acceptable document containing a photograph of yourself and your signature (see below).

Item 3 can be any of the following:

... a passport, photo-bearing version of cheque or credit card, work-place identity card, student or trades union membership card, card used to buy railway tickets, or a school bus pass. If none of these are available, you must provide a photograph of yourself which has been certified by an acceptable person, who can be an Approved Driving Instructor or Motorcycle Instructor, an MP, a Justice of the Peace, a minister of religion, a lawyer, a doctor, a teacher, a local councillor, a bank officer, a civil servant, a police officer or a commissioned officer in Her Majesty's armed forces.

You will be asked to read and sign an insurance declaration on the test form. Your instructor's car will be covered, but if it's your car check your insurance is valid before you go for the test.
At this point if you would like your driving instructor to sit in on your test - just ask

Next you accompany the examiner outside. On the way, try a bit of conversation - it will probably help you relax. Once outside, you will be asked to read a vehicle number plate. If you struggle with this, you should have seen an optician already! As a last resort the examiner will measure out the exact distance (67 feet or 20.5 metres). If you still can't read the number, your test ends here, with the loss of your fee!

You must master the following, as well as your having passed the Theory Test.

  • Correct use of the main controls [acc, clutch, gears, f-brake, h-brake, steering].
  • Correct use of ancillary controls if necessary [lights, wipers, de-mister etc.].
  • Correct use of mirrors at all times.
  • Moving off - Normal / Uphill / Downhill / Angle.
  • Selecting appropriate, safe places for normal stopping.
  • Emergency Stop: promptly / under full control.
  • Pedestrian Crossings. Method of approach and adherence to priorities.
  • Approaching Junctions to left and right [major into minor].
  • Emerging from junctions Left/Right [minor into major].
  • Dealing with Crossroads.
  • Dealing with Roundabouts.
  • Meet / Cross / Overtake / Clearance / Anticipation of other road-users and safe forward planning.
  • Making normal Progress with no undue Hesitancy / Good Road Positioning
  • Taking appropriate action on all traffic signs / road markings / traffic lights
  • Dual carriageway driving
  • Driving on out-of-town roads, including faster and busy roads, where feasible.
  • Correct use of signals [including knowledge of correct arm-signals]
  • TWO manoeuvres from the following THREE are tested; all need to be mastered.
  • Turn in the Road [using forward and reverse gears]
  • Reverse to the Left [or to the Right]
  • Reverse parking, either behind a car at the roadside, or into a designated parking bay - see the note on reverse park manoeuvre.

Each of the above must be performed with proper observation and under full control.

The Reverse Park manoeuvre may involve a full reverse park behind another car during the course of the Test, or a reverse into a parking bay. For the latter, this may take place either at the very start, or at the end of the Test.

There'll quite possibly be a specially marked-out bay at the Test Centre, and the candidate may choose whether to reverse in from the right or the left.

The key to success is to drive with an awareness of what constitutes a 'hazard' and to show the ability at all times to deal with the many such hazards you'll come across, as much 'on Test' as in everyday driving when you're a full licence-holder. Show an Examiner you can do that, and you will join the ranks of those with a full licence.

Independent Driving

Visit The independent driving or riding sectionfor details and a video

Pass or Fail

When you've passed, your driving licence will be needed for the examiner to fill in the pass certificate. You need to send this to DVLA with your provisional licence, and you will receive your full licence in a few days' time. You can drive on your own in the meantime provided you keep a record of your Driver Number.