Part 1: The Theory Test
You can begin driving lessons as soon as you are 17 and have your provisional licence, but you must pass your theory test before you can apply for your practical test. The theory test consists of two parts – a multiple choice test and a hazard perception test. You must pass both parts to pass your test. The multiple choice part consists of 50 multiple choice questions based on your knowledge of the Highway Code. A score of 43 or more will result in a pass. The hazard perception part of the theory test consists of 14 video clips of everyday road situations. The challenge is to spot the hazards in each clip as early as possible to score maximum points – 5 points for seeing the hazards as early as possible, down to 0 for not seeing the hazards in good time. A score of 44 or more out of 75 will see you pass.
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Part 2: The Practical Test
Your practical driving test will normally be taken in my car. On the day of your practical driving test I will pick you up approximately one hour before your test start time. This gives you time to get to the test centre, relax a little and perhaps go over any last minute reminders that you may need.
At the start of your test the first thing your examiner will do is check you have the correct documentation. You will then complete an eyesight test, reading a number plate from a distance of approximately 20 metres. Next will follow a ‘tell me’ vehicle safety question (see examples opposite).
After this you will start your practical test, where you will be expected to show that you can drive safely in different road and traffic conditions. You will be asked to carry out a reversing manoeuvre, demonstrate the answer to a 'show me' question, and you may also be asked to demonstrate an emergency stop. Your driving test will also include a substantial amount of independent driving. This will give you an opportunity to demonstrate your ability to drive independently, either by following sat nav or traffic signs, or a combination of both.
At the end of your test your examiner will hopefully give you the good news. Whether or not you are successful, you will be given a performance report form to help you to see how you performed with the various aspects of the test. If you pass you will be given a certificate and will have earned your driving independence!
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