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The test will start and end from the local driving test centre.
The examiners are there as observers. They will try their best to help you feel relaxed. If you are not sure of an instruction you are welcome to politely ask the examiner to repeat it.

Your instructor can sit in the back of your car whilst you are on your test if you so wish, but you are not allowed any communication with them whilst the test is being conducted.

At the start of the test you will be required to read a number plate from 20.5 metres.
You will then be asked one 'tell me' question. This question will be regarding general safety issues you will need to know to be able to safely maintain your vehicle. Then whilst you are driving during the test you will then be asked one ‘show me’ question to demonstrate how you would safely operate the car controls whilst the car is moving, for example wash the front windscreen using the wipers controls.

Your instructor will have taken the time during your lessons to fully prepare you for this part of the test as well as your driving ability.

If you answer one or both of these two safety questions incorrectly it will result in a driving fault being recorded on your marking sheet.

An example of two such questions is as follows:
Tell me how you would know if there was a problem with your anti-lock braking system (ABS)
When it’s safe to do so, can you Show me how you wash and clean the front windscreen

You will fail the test if you commit more than 15 driving faults, or if you commit one serious fault or one dangerous fault.

When you have completed the test and arrived back at the test centre the examiner will inform you of the result of your test, and will then offer you a full debrief of the marking sheet they have completed for your test. Your instructor is allowed to listen in on this debrief provided you authorise this, and this can prove useful so that they know what areas you have had problems with on the test.

If you are unsuccessful at your first attempt, you can apply for another test immediately, but unfortunately there is a compulsory ten working day wait between practical tests.


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Practical Test
The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency practical driving test will last approximately 38-40 minutes, and will be conducted by a Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency Examiner. The examiner will test your ability to drive in various different road conditions, in town, on major roads, and your ability to carry out one of the driving manoeuvres you will have been taught by your instructor. The emergency stop manoeuvre will be conducted in approximately 1 in 3 tests.