Practical Test Centre

About the Practical Test

The aim of the DVSA (Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency) is to produce a test format that can be applied consistently throughout the U.K.
However it can not be exactly the same everywhere.
London traffic conditions cannot be reproduced in the heart of Scotland, and while it's easy to be able to find a hill for hill starts in Wales, this cannot be done in the Fens.
So Examiners have to take the areas as they find it, but the same standards are applied nationally, with the content of the test varying from area to area.

We have put together a page on 2passWhat to expect on your Practical test day which includes all the driving test changes from December 2017.

In the UK Learners driving a car must hold a valid provisional licence.
They must be supervised by someone at least 21 years old who holds a full licence and has held one for at least three years.


Official DVSA guide Video

This video is the Official DVSA guide to what happens during the driving test and what it takes to pass it - including the eyesight test, 'show me, tell me' questions, reversing exercises, and independent driving parts of the test.


Driving Lessons Video Tutorials

Visit our 2passDriving Lessons Video Tutorials page.
Lots of free Videos to help you to get a better idea of what you need to know when you're starting out on your practical driving.
These show you Basic Skills such as Gear changing, Steering, Moving off,Stopping, all the Manoeuvres, Emergency Stops etc


Answering a vehicle safety question while you’re driving

The examiner will ask you 2 vehicle safety questions during your driving test - these are known as the ‘show me, tell me’ questions.

From 4th December 2017 you will now be asked one ‘tell me’ question (where you explain how you’d carry out a safety task) at the start of your test, before you start driving and then while your driving during the test, the driving examiner will ask you one ‘show me’ question (where you show how you’d carry out a safety task) for example, showing how to wash the windscreen using the car controls and wipers.

List of all the new questions:-
2passTell Me - Questions asked at the start the Car Driving Test
2passShow Me - Questions asked during the Car Driving Test


Structured learning

To help you learn in a structured way, the DVSA (Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency) has produced a Driver's Record. You could have received a Driver's Record with your provisional driving licence, if not you can get one from your instructor, your local test centre or download one from the links below:-
2passPDF file Download Driver's Record private practice sheet
2passPDF file Download Driver's Record for learner drivers

If you are having trouble driving a manual car,
Why not try an 2passAutomatic!


Dealing with Nerves and Confidence

Exams can be nerve-wracking at the best of times, and driving tests appear to be more harrowing.

Knowing that a person, you are not familiar with, is watching and judging your every move can be very nervy.

So if you’ve got your test coming up and you’re feeling anxious about it, then remember you’re not alone.

Most people suffer from nerves to some extent and they can in fact be beneficial by raising your adrenaline levels and making you more alert.
The challenge is keeping them under control.

Check out 2pass 15 Ways To Overcome Your Test Nerves

The examiner just wants to see what you would normally do - nothing that you do not already know.

So now go and show the examiner that you deserve to have those L plates removed.


Should you take your instructor on your driving test?

Driving examiners will ask you, at the time you take your test, if they would like your instructor (or another observer - preferably the person who has taught them to drive) to sit in on your test and listen to the feedback at the end.
It is purely your own choice.
Watch this 2passvideo and see if it helps you with the right choice.

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