AJ'S School of Motoring - Driving Test Information
The Practical Driving Test
has been designed to see if you can drive safely and know The Highway Code and can demonstrate this through your driving.
You must take to the test centre both parts of your valid driving licence (the photocard and the paper counterpart). if you have an old-style licence without a photo you must also bring a valid passport and the DSA confirmation letter of your theory test.
The examiner will be looking to see that you can drive safely and that you have a good knowledge of the Highway Code.
You will also have to demonstrate two manoeuvres which will be chosen from:
- reversing around a corner
- turning in the road
- reverse parking
- You may also be asked to carry out an emergency stop.
You can make up to 15 driving faults and still pass your test. If you have made more than 15 faults or if you commit one serious or dangerous fault you will fail your test. If at any time your examiner considers you to be a danger to other road users your test will be stopped.
Before the practical test commences you will have to take and pass an eyesight check (fail this and the practical test will go no further). The eyesight test requires you to read a number plate that is a 20 metres away.
Vehicle Safety Questions
After the eyesight test the examiner will ask you two questions, from 12 pre-set combinations, one 'show me' and one 'tell me'. These are basic safety checks that a driver should carry out to ensure the vehicle is in good and safe working order.
One or both questions answered incorrectly will result in one driving fault being recorded.
The Theory Test
The theory test can be taken at any time but you must pass it before you can apply for your practical driving test.
The theory test is split into two parts which are the 'Multiple Choice Questions' and the 'Hazard Perception test'. You need to pass both parts to pass the theory test.
The multiple choice test is computer based. You will be presented with 50 questions and will need to score 43 out of 50 to pass part one.
You can 'Flag' questions that you are unsure of and return to them when you've had time to think what the correct answer is.
You will have 57 minutes to complete the test, this should allow plenty of time to review any questions you are unsure of.
Although you may recognise the answer straight away, be sure to read the question and all answers fully before making your choice.
For more information on the theory test including lots of mock theory tests to try visit this website.
The Hazard perception test will take place after you have completed part one.
You will be shown 14 video clips displaying every day driving scenarios.
Each clip will contain at least one developing hazard, with one of the clips containing two.
During the test, when you recognise the developing hazard you will need to click the mouse button to record your score.
The earlier you respond to the hazard the more points you are awarded.
The maximum score for each hazard is five points.
As you see the hazard developing you should record it again by clicking the mouse.
It is important you only click the mouse in response to the hazard developing as repeated/random clicking may result in a zero score.
In order to pass the hazard perception test you must score 44 out of 75.
The theory test certificate is valid for 2 years from the date of the test and you are required to pass the practical driving test within this time.