The United Kingdom driving test is a test which drivers must pass to obtain a driving licence. Different tests have to be passed to enable you to drive different vehicles, from car drivers, to motorcyclists and HGV’s.
The driving test is separated into three parts: the theory test, hazard perception test and practical test.
It is necessary to pass all three parts, theory, hazard perception and practical, before a full driving licence is granted.
Now that you’ve booked, what can you expect from the tests themselves?
The theory test consists of two parts;
- 50 Multiple Choice Questions
- Hazard Perception Test comprising 14 video clips, each clip lasting around a minute. You will find a total of 15 hazards.
You have to pass both multiple choice and hazard perception parts at the same test appointment to attain an overall pass.
Should you pass one part, but fail the other, you will need to book another appointment to take both elements of the test again.
The test is completed under exam conditions in a dedicated Theory Test centre entirely on a touch screen computer (you have the choice of utilizing a mouse should you prefer!). Headphones will have to be used throughout the entire test.
A voiceover may be requested where the questions and answers are automatically read out to help individuals with reading difficulties, or for whom English isn’t their first language.
The practical portion of the test starts with an eyesight assessment; you must be able to read a new-style number plate at a distance of 20 meters. Glasses/corrective lenses may be worn, but if required must be worn for the remainder of the test and whenever driving once passed.
Next the examiner will ask two vehicle safety questions, known as the ‘show me, tell me’ questions, such as how to check the oil. From here, you will progress onto the road.
The majority of the time on the road will be spent driving as directed by your examiner, often both through built up, urban areas as well as onto higher speed roads such as dual carriageways so the examiner can evaluate your driving competence and safety across a range of traffic conditions. During this period, you will also be asked to demonstrate a manoeuvre, such as turning in the road, reversing around a corner, or parking either in a space or parallel on the road.
Often the final part of the test in a period of ‘independent driving’, where you will be given a set of instructions, either to follow signs to a destination or specific directions, or a combination of both. This is not a test of navigation, so adhering to the route perfectly is not required, the examiner is just looking for evidence you can make independent decisions on the road and drive competently without step-by-step instruction.
You are marked based on recorded faults – faults can be marked in three columns, either minor, serious or dangerous. Just one serious or dangerous driving fault will likely fail you, and while you can pass with as many as 15 minor faults, if many of these are in similar areas the examiner may decide that indicates habitual mistakes and mark a serious fault.
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