The Driving test

The driving test is straightforward and has been designed to see if you:

  • can drive safely in different road and traffic conditions
  • know The Highway Code and can show this through your driving ability

So long as you show the standard required, you’ll pass your driving test. There are no pass or fail quotas.

The driving part of your test will last about 40 minutes. Throughout the test your examiner will be looking for an overall safe standard of driving

Don’t worry if you make a mistake – it might be a less serious driving fault and might not affect your result, however, if at any time your examiner considers your driving to be a danger to other road users they will stop your test.

The Car theory test

The theory test is made up of a multiple-choice part and a hazard perception part.
Pass marks are 43 out of 50 for the multiple-choice,and the 44 out of 75 for the hazard perception.
You need to pass both parts to pass the theory test. Find out what happens during both parts of the theory test and how the scoring works.

The car practical driving test

The driving test is designed for you to show your practical skills and understanding of the Highway Code and the theory of driving safely. Throughout the test your examiner will be looking for an overall safe standard of driving. Find out about the different parts of your driving test.
Below is a short video explaining the practical driving test:

Show me, tell me Questions

You’ll be asked two vehicle safety questions at the start of the test. These are also known as the ‘show me, tell me’ questions.

The examiner will ask you one ‘show me’ question, where you’ll have to show them how you’d carry out a vehicle safety check. You’ll also be asked one ‘tell me’ question, where you’ll have to explain to the examiner how you’d carry out the check.

For example, the examiner might ask you to identify where the windscreen washer reservoir is and tell them how you’d check the windscreen washer level.

If you give the wrong answer for one or both questions, you’ll be marked with one driving fault.
Below are a few videos explaining the show me tell me questions that you will be asked at the start of the practical test.

Please note that these videos are only a brief explaination of the questions. For the full list, please click here

Practical videos

Your driving test result

You’ll pass your test if you make:

  • 15 or less 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 feedback with you.

The examiner will:

  • tell you whether you passed or not
  • explain how you did during the test
  • The different types of faults that can be marked

There are three types of faults that can be marked:

  • a dangerous fault – involves actual danger to you, the examiner, the public or property
  • a serious fault – could potentially be dangerous
  • a driving fault – not potentially dangerous, but if you make the same fault throughout your test it could become a serious fault

The pass mark for the driving test

You can make up to 15 driving faults and still pass the test. If you make 16 or more driving faults, you won’t pass your test.

If you make one serious or dangerous fault, you won’t pass your test.

If you pass your test

If you pass your test the examiner will give you a pass certificate. They will also ask you if you want your full licence to be sent to you automatically. You can find out more about this service by clicking on the link below.

Once you have passed you test you can start driving straight away – you don’t need to wait for your full licence to arrive.

Taking another test if you don’t pass

If you don’t pass your test, you can take another after ten working days. Working days include Saturdays.

Feedback on how eco-efficient your driving is

The examiner will give you helpful feedback about how eco-efficient your driving is.

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