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David Wright Driving School - The Driving Tests

The Theory Test
This comprises of 2 parts. The first part being a 50 question multiple choice test which is done entirely on a computer. The pass mark for this is 43 correct answers. The test itself is made up of 14 topics: alertness, attitude and safety, your vehicle, safety margins, hazard awareness, vulnerable road users, other types of vehicles, vehicle handling, motorway rules, rules of the road, road and traffic signs, documents, accidents and vehicle loading.

Before the test starts you will be given instructions on how the test works. If you wish, you can work through a practice session before starting the actual test.

The second part of the theory test is hazard perception test. This is a series of 14 separate video clips showing hazardous situations. You must identify them by clicking the mouse to show that you have seen the potential hazard before it actually becomes one. You must score 44 or more out of 75 to pass. You have to pass your practical driving test within 2 years or you will have to retake the theory and hazard parts again. You must take to the theory test centre:

1) Both parts of your valid driving licence (the photo card and the paper counterpart) If you have an old-style licence without a photo you must also bring a valid passport.

2) The DSA confirmation letter of your theory test.

The cost to take the theory test is £31. This will not be refunded if you fail and you need to pass both parts in order to pass the test as a whole.

The Practical Driving Test
The practical driving test has been designed to see if you drive safely and know The Highway Code, and can demonstrate this through your driving.

The actual test will last about 40 minutes and will cover a wide range of road and traffic situations. You will be expected to demonstrate that you know the Highway Code and can maintain a safe standard of driving throughout the test. You will have to successfully perform one reversing manoeuvre, either:

Reversing around a corner to the left (or very occasionally the right)
Turning the car around in the road
Reverse parallel parking
Reverse bay parking.

The test cost £62 on a week day and £75 over the weekend. You must take to the driving test centre:

1) Both parts of your valid driving licence (the photo card and the paper counterpart)
If you have an old-style licence without a photo you must also bring a valid passport.

2) The DSA confirmation letter of your theory test.

Independent Driving
For about 10 minutes during your test you'll have to drive by either following a series of directions, traffic signs, or a combination of both. The examiner may show you a diagram to help you understand where you'll be going. It doesn't matter if you don't remember every direction, or if you go the wrong way.

The purpose is rather to assess your ability to drive safely whilst at the same time having to make your own decisions in order to reach your target destination. This includes for example deciding when it's safe to pull over and ask for directions. Your result will not be affected unless you commit a driving fault, even if you go off the independent driving route.

The cost of taking the practical test is £62 if taken on a week day and £75 if taken over the weekend.

The Show Me, Tell Me Test
This test your knowledge on basic car maintenance and will be conducted by the driving test examiner before the driving part of the practical driving test begins. The questions are widely available and can be seen here.

 

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