On the day of your test, you will have an hour lesson before you are due to start. This will hopefully settle your nerves a little and get you used to the car again before your test.

You will need to bring with you the following items:
  • Your Provisional license (Both the card and the paper counterpart)
  • Your Theory Test Certificate
  • The letter from the DSA confirming the date and time of your test (not essential but useful in case of cancellations and confusion!)
The test will last for approximately 40 minutes.You will be asked to perform 2 of the set manoeuvres and possibly an emergency stop.


You will be asked 2 questions on Basic Car maintenance (see here for the questions you could be asked).


You will also be asked to read a number plate from about 20 metres. Be aware that if you are unable to read the number plate then your test will stop right there!


During the test you are allowed to make 15 driving (or minor) faults. If you amount more than 15 driving faults you will fail the test. If you receive one serious or dangerous fault, you will fail. A serious fault is a potentially dangerous incident. E.g. not looking right at all when emerging from a junction. This can also be a repetitive driving fault, showing an overall weakness in your driving. A dangerous fault is where you have placed yourself and/or another road user/pedestrian in actual danger. The Driving Standards Agency have further informatiom their website.


Useful Advice

Almost everyone taking the test is nervous! In fact, anyone who isn't nervous probably isn't human! Try not to worry, you will settle into your normal driving habits after about 5-10 minutes after you start. If you think you have made a mistake during the test, donít dwell on it! If you start to worry about something you think you did wrong you will almost certainly make a mistake. Try to put it to the back of your mind and stay focussed on what you are doing.


Try not to focus on what the examiner is doing. If they write on the test paper it does not necessarily mean you have made a fault. The examiner needs to mark what manoeuvres you have completed and will not necessarily do this when you expect.


During the manoeuvres take your time. Keep the car nice and slow so you have plenty of time to do your observations and to make sure that you are accurate.

Should you fail your test, listen to what the examiner says to you. They will offer good advice as to what went wrong, what you should have done and what you could do better.

Finally, Good Luck and do your best! You need to be able to demonstrate that you can drive confidently and safely on your own and that is the ultimate reason why you are taking it.

There is some more great advice about nerves on www.2pass.co.uk.