Tests

Theory Test – Before you are able to take your practical driving test, you will need to pass your theory test.  Recent changes to the theory test means you will be required to study for the exam, just like any other examination you would take.

There are 2 parts to the theory test.  These are 50 questions and a hazard perception test and the pass mark is 43.  We will give you the best advice on which study aids and reading materials use in order to give you the best chance of passing your theory test first time.

For more information click here.

Practical 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.’  DVSA website

Click here to find out about the different parts of your driving test.

The right preparation for your practical driving test is essential.  Numerous attempts at a driving test can become costly and demoralising.

The DVSA carry out surveys on how many hours the average learner takes in order to pass their test on the first attempt.

The following statement is taken from the DVSA website:

‘Research shows that learners who have a combination of professional instruction and private practice do better at the driving test. On average, those who pass have had 47 hours of professional instruction and 20 hours of private practice.’

In reality this can be anything from 40 to 60 hours and depends on your ability to adapt to the difficultly of being completely in control of a vehicle.  You must remember that driving safely on the roads alone is totally different from being accompanied.  Therefore, it is vital to get the right tuition and make sure you are confident that you will be safe on your own.

We are proud that most of our pupils pass their test on the first attempt.   Of course there is no accounting for what may happen on the day of the test and we cannot guarantee you will pass first time.  We will, however, make sure you are confident to be driving alone before presenting you at the test centre for the first time.

You should not be tempted to compare your progress with others.  You are learning to drive for yourself and not for anyone else.  If you make the most of each lesson and have a positive approach to driving, you will benefit from successfully progressing through to test standard quite quickly.

We make every effort to ensure you are well prepared for your practical test in the shortest time possible.

It must be remembered that learning to drive safely is not about just passing a test!