your test explained

theory test

The first part is a multiple-choice examination that you’ll complete on a touch screen computer in the theory test center. You’ll have the opportunity to take a practice test before starting on the real thing. It is made up of 50 questions which you can answer within a time of 57 minutes, the pass mark is 43. You can always return to questions that you are unsure of during the test.

Once you have completed this part of the test, you may take a short break before starting the second part, the hazard perception test.

As with the theory test, this is completed on a computer. You will be asked to watch a series of 14 video clips. You must click the mouse to indicate when a hazard is presented on the screen. Each clip contains a developing hazard and one clip will feature two. You can score a maximum of five points for each clip depending on how soon you are aware of the hazard. You must achieve at least 44 points out of the possible 75 to pass.

You need to pass both the multiple-choice and hazard perception parts to pass the theory test. Once you’ve passed the theory test can you then apply to take your practical test.

to take with you for the test

Provisional Licence

Appointment Letter

practical test

to take with you for the test

Provisional Licence

Appointment Letter

theory pass certificate

All the routes will include a range of typical road and traffic conditions. During your driving test, the examiner will try to put you at ease, but may not speak to you too much to avoid unnecessary distractions. You will be given clear instructions and directions. You will also be asked to carry out 1 maneuver and approximately 20 minutes of independent driving with a GPS. The driving test will last approximately 40 minutes and your examiner will be assessing the following:

Whether you are competent at controlling the car

Whether you are mantaining normal progress for the roads you are on

How you react to any hazards that occur in the course of the test

Whether you are noticing all traffic signs, signals and road markings, and reacting to them in the correct manner.

Once your driving test is over your examiner will spend a few moments to complete the form and check their adding up. You will then be told whether you have passed or failed. If you fail, your examiner will offer you a detailed debrief on your driving test. It’s worth asking your instructor to listen to the debrief as you may not take it all in straight after the test.