Your Driving Theory Test

The theory test is made up of two parts; a multiple choice section and a Hazard Perception test. The multiple choice section is delivered using a touch screen computer and mouse, while the hazard perception test records your responses through the use of a computer mouse button.

You'll need to pass both parts to successfully complete your theory test. If you pass one part and fail the other, you'll fail the whole test and will have to take both parts again.

You can book your Theory test through the DSA (Driving Standards Agency) website or I can arrange it for you.  There are local Theory Test Centres in Chester and Liverpool.

Applying for your Practical Driving Test

You need to apply to take your test with your local DSA centre. You can do this online from the DSA website when we have agreed that you are ready, but please don't apply for your test until this time. I can also arrange your test date for you, if you prefer.  I take learners to the Upton (Birkenhead) and Chester MPTC.

Your Practical Test

Before you do any driving you'll be asked to perform an eyesight check and then be asked two vehicle safety questions. You'll then be tested on your general driving ability, including one reversing manouvre and independent driving (approximately 10 minutes driving following a route given by the examiner). You will also be asked to perform the emergency or controlled stop if time and conditions allow..

The 'Driving' part of your test will last about 38-40 minutes. Throughout the test your examiner will be looking for evidence you've reached an overall safe standard of driving, as you carry out both general and specific manoeuvres. You can make up to 15 minor driving faults and still pass the test, but 16 or more minor faults results in a fail. However, if you commit just 1 serious or dangerous fault, you'll fail the test automatically.

You must bring the following items with you to the test, if you don't, the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) may refuse to carry out the test and you may lose your fee:

  • An appropriately insured and licensed vehicle, displaying L- Plates, that's suitable for the test - which will probably be my car!
  • Your appointment letter confirming your test time and date
  • Your photo card licence.
  • If you have an old-style paper licence, you must take your signed driving licence and your passport with you for identification.

Applying for your Full Licence

If your photocard driving licence was issued after 1 March 2004, you’ll be given the option to have your full licence issued electronically. The examiner will take your licence off you, scan the details and send them electronically to DVLA.

You’ll be given a pass certificate, as proof of passing, and DVLA will send your full licence to you within four weeks of you passing your practical test.

 You can contact me on 07952542989 or email me at petebartondrivingschool@yahoo.co.uk 

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