Tests Explained

To get your full driving licence you will need to pass two tests, one theory and one practical.
Below we will detail all you need to know about the tests:

Theory Test

The theory test comes in two parts, both taken at the same time. Both parts also need to be passed together prior to you applying for a practical test. You can either take your theory test before you start learning or better still take it whilst learning so we can help you.
The first part of the test is a computer-based, touch screen test, taken at various centres around the country. You have 60 minutes to complete the multiple choice part of the test. There is also a 5 minute practise session you can work through prior to starting the test. There are 50 multiple choice questions and you need to get at least 43 correct to pass.

Hazard Perception

This is the second part of the Theory test, in this section there are a total of 14 videos, each about 1 minute long. The videos feature various types of hazard, such as road conditions, vehicles and pedestrians. The aim is to spot any hazard developing that may require the driver to take some form of action, the earlier you spot the hazard the higher you score. There are a total of 15 scoreable hazards in the test with a maximum of 5 points per hazard. The pass mark is 44 out of 75.

Practical Test

Once you’ve booked your test you will be sent an e mail. Check the date, time and location of your allotted test.
On the day of your test you will need to bring with you your photocard driving licence as well as your theory certificate and appointment e mail. Without production of these to the examiner you may not be allowed to take the test, and your fee will be lost.
Arrive at the test centre in good time, as an examiner will conduct up to seven tests each day, and so if you are late the test will probably be cancelled, and again you will lose your fee.

At the time of your test, the examiner will call your name, and ask you to sign the insurance and residency declaration, thus giving them time to check your signature, photo id and Email address. They will then ask if you would like your instructor to come with you on your test. You will then be asked to lead the way to your car. The examiner will then get you to read a number plate from a distance of 20.5m, and ask you one Tell Me question relating to the car (More info about these questions can be found by clicking here).

The examiner will then explain the test to you and once any questions have been asked, will ask you to move away when ready. The test will last for approximately 35 to 40 minutes, which includes an “independent driving” section of about 20 minutes. You will end the test back at the test centre, ready for the de-brief and test result. As you may well of seen in the media, the driving test changed on the 4th of December. the new test now involves possibly following the directions of a sat nav. A forward into a bay manoeuvre. Stopping on the right hand side of the road and on Show Me question while on the move.
At the end of the test, the examiner will total up the faults and then inform you as to whether you have passed or failed. Throughout your drive you are allowed to commit a total of 15 Driver Faults, 16 and you fail. You must also avoid making either a Serious or Dangerous fault as this would also indicate a fail.
It is advisable that your instructor sits in the car for the test and the de-brief, as they will have a clearer head and probably more understanding of the faults explained.

If you’ve passed the test, you will be issued with a pass certificate, along with a few other leaflets and booklets relating to driving. They will then offer to keep your provisional licence and have an automatic upgrade issued.

If you’ve failed the test, the examiner will explain the faults in detail and give you some pointers toward passing next time.

Whether you’ve passed or failed, your instructor will drive you home, giving you chance to phone family and friends, as well as discuss what comes next.