The theory test consists of 50 multiple choice questions and you must answer 43 or more questions correctly to pass.
Once you have finished the multiple choice questions you will move on to the hazard perception part of the test. You will watch 14 video clips. Thirteen clips will show one developing hazard and one clip will show two hazards. There are 15 hazards to identify and you can score up to five points for each one, depending on when you identify them. You need to score at least 44 out of 75 to pass this test.
You will need to pass both parts at the same time to be successful. Once you have passed your theory test you will then be able to apply for your practical driving test.
The practical driving test lasts for approximately 40 minutes. This is your opportunity to demonstrate to the driving examiner that you can drive competently and safely in all situations. Book your driving test here.
You can take your driving instructor/accompanying driver on your driving test if you wish.
The driving test will start with an eyesight test followed by a ‘show me tell me’ question.
You will be asked to perform a manoeuvre which you will have practiced with your instructor. You may also be asked to perform an emergency stop. In addition, your examiner will ask another ‘show me tell me’ question whilst driving.
During your driving test the examiner may ask you to follow directions from a sat nav or road signs. They could also ask you to follow a series of three directions in succession.
The driving examiner will ask you if you want your driving instructor/accompanying driver to listen to the debrief.
To pass the practical test you can make up to 15 driving faults not deemed to be a danger to any other road users. Any faults considered dangerous will result in a fail.
The current national practical pass rate is around 43%, so it makes sense to be as prepared as possible.