The Tests

The theory, hazard perception and practical driving tests

Theory and hazard perception come first You need to pass your theory and hazard perception test at the same time before you can apply for your practical test. You do NOT however, need to have passed these before taking lessons.

I will, as part of your training, help you prepare for the theory and hazard perception tests, and advise when you are ready to take them. You will need a valid provisional driving licence to take your theory test and you can book your theory and hazard perception tests online, or by phone or by post.

The Theory Test comprises of a 50 question multiple choice test followed immediately by the Hazard Perception test. To pass the test you must answer 43 or more questions correctly within 57 minutes. Questions are chosen at random from a bank of over 1,000 questions, and you answer by touching the screen. During the test you have the option to skip questions and return to them later. Immediately after your theory test, you’ll watch a series of 14 one-minute video clips, each showing potential hazards involving road conditions, pedestrians or road users. There are 15 hazards to identify and you can score up to 5 points on each one, depending on how quickly you identify them. You need to score 44 out of 75 to pass – don’t worry it is not as tough as it sounds! You must pass both parts of the test at the same time.

All my students can access Theory Test Pro via the link below

Theory Test Pro in partnership with Clive Gardner Driving School

Then comes the practical test. In your practical test, you have 40 minutes to demonstrate everything you have learned in your driving lessons. You need to show you can drive competently and safely in all kinds of driving situations. You’ll be asked to do one of the four reversing manoeuvres you’ve practised with me, and possibly make an emergency stop. You’ll also answer two vehicle safety check questions, one ‘show me’ and one ‘tell me’. Your practical driving test includes a section of ‘independent driving’. In this section of your test, you’ll be asked to drive for about 10 minutes without step by step route directions from your examiner.

Watch the DSA video explaining how the test works here.

Be prepared! To pass, you will have to complete the test with no serious faults, and you must have 15 or fewer minor errors.

Take a look at the DSA YouTube channel for more guidance and information. The current national average practical pass rate is around 43%, so it makes sense to be as prepared as possible. I will advise you when you are ready for the practical test and help you understand the main reasons people fail.

  • You’ll need to study ‘The Highway Code’, ‘Theory Test’ book and CD-ROM.
  • If you fail your practical test, but pass your theory, you need only sit the practical next time.
  • The combined theory and hazard perception test currently costs £23
  • A weekday practical test costs £62 and an evening or weekend tests cost £75. Both of these will be plus lesson time.
  • In addition, you are responsible for providing a car for the test. If you have lessons with me, my car will be available for the test if required and you will also need an hour’s lesson prior to the test itself.

IF USING YOUR OWN CAR FOR TEST: You don’t need any other documents (MoT, insurance etc) however YOU MUST PROVIDE A MIRROR FOR THE EXAMINERS USE and L plates front and back and check with your insurance company that your car is insured for use in the practical test.

Also make sure all the lights are working, especially the brake lights as the examiner may check them, and make sure the tyres have at least 1.6mm of tread and no damage to the wall of the tyres, and have the correct pressure. Check the DSA’s website to make sure your car has not been subject to any safety recalls, if so they will require written proof that any remedial action has been undertakenclick here to visit their list of cars affected.

Once you’ve passed Become a more confident driver with Pass Plus. You may save money on your insurance too, check with your insurance company.