First off, the examiner will ask you to sign a form and show your ID. Then they’ll ask you to point out the car you’ll be driving and read another car’s number plate from the required minimum distance. Then you will answer one ‘show me’ and one ‘tell me’ vehicle safety question. Both answers need to be correct, or one driving fault will be recorded.
The examiner will be looking to see that you’re a competent and safe driver – responding to situations sensibly and making sound judgments. Apart from general driving, such as which direction to go, where and when to turn and stop, your examiner will ask you to carry out one manoeuvre :
- Reverse around a corner.
- Turn in the road using forward and reverse gears.
- Parallel park.
- Or a bay park at the test centre.
Currently 1 in 3 candidates will be required to perform an emergency stop. If this is the case, your examiner will ask you to park in a convenient place and will explain what you need to do.
You will also have to drive around on your Practical Test Day for 10 minutes, as part of the independent driving section of your Driving Test. Please see our Independent Driving Test page for more information.
Your examiner wants you to do well
The examiner won’t say much in case it puts you off. Put any mistakes behind you and just concentrate on what’s happening. One minor error doesn’t mean a fail. Despite what you might have heard – there’s no quota for test passes or fails. If you’ve reached the required standard, you’ll pass your test. It actually takes 16 driving faults or one serious or dangerous fault to fail your driving test.
You’ll pass your test if you make:
- 15 or fewer driving faults
- no serious or dangerous faults
When the driving test has ended, you can call your instructor over if they didn’t go with you on your test. This is so they can listen to the result and help you with any feedback afterwards.
The examiner will:
- tell you if you passed or not
- explain how you did during the test