You're ready to take your test, you've chosen your test centre and booked the date, so what can you expect to happen on the 'big' day?
As your driving skills progress and your confidence grows to a level near test standard, your instructor will perform regular mock testing to prepare you for the actual test ahead. This procedure will also highlight and aid you and your instructor by ironing out any driver faults that you may be committing, better preparing you for your test.
The Big Day
First of all you will need to make sure you have all the relevant documentation. You need your provisional driving licence and some form of confirmation about your test appointment, for example the email sent you when booking your test. It is not necessary to bring your theory pass certificate with you.
Format of Test and What to Expect
You will have a minimum of a one hour driving lesson before your test, this will enable you to practise anything you wish to help settle your nerves. Upon arriving at the test centre we will park the car in the bays provided. This is the place that you would perform the bay park if you were to get that as your manoeuvre on your test. We will then go to the Driving Test Centre waiting room where your examiner will meet you and get you to sign an insurance and residency declaration on the driving test report form. The examiner will ask you if you would like your instructor to come out on test with you.
You will then head towards your car where the examiner will ask you which vehicle is yours and get you to do any eyesight check to read a number plate from 20.5m away (old style number plate) or 20.0m away (new style number plate). Once complete you will then be asked 1 Tell Me question by the examiner. These are questions about basic car checks. For instance you may be asked, “Can you open the bonnet and Tell me how you would check the engine oil” You will also be asked 1 Show me question whilst the car is moving. For example, "Show me how you would clean the front windscreen"
The examiner will then give a brief description about what is going to happen i.e. he /she will tell you that the test will last for about 40 minutes covering different types of roads and traffic conditions. You will also be asked to drive for 20 minutes using either a sat nav or following road signs (1 in 5 don't use a sat nav). At all times follow the road ahead unless any road markings or traffic signs tell you otherwise. If he/she wants you to turn left or right they will tell you in good time, and if you forget the direction, simply ask and they will repeat it straight back to you. You will be doing 1 out of the 4 manoeuvres and maybe also the emergency stop (1 in 3). You will then go out on test where you will be tested on all aspects of driving which you have been perfecting with your instructor.
End of Your Test
When you arrive back into the test centre you will be asked to switch the engine off, the examiner will complete the necessary paperwork and then tell you the result straight away. To pass, you will have to complete the test with less than 15 faults and no Serious or Dangerous faults. If you are successful you will be asked for both parts of your licence to allow the examiner to complete your pass certificate. They will also keep your provisional licence and exchange it for a full UK licence which you will receive in the post. If you are unsuccessful then the examiner will ask if you would like your instructor present to listen to the debrief. It is important that your instructor hears what went wrong to enable you both to work on the faults allowing you to re-book your test and try again. You can book a test straight away but you must allow 10 days before you take one, this is a DVSA Rule.