The Practical 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 Test

Before you start the driving ability part of your test you will be given an eye test and asked two vehicle safety questions: ‘show me, tell me’ more about these and a list of ‘show me, tell me’ questions can be found on the link below.

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.

During your test the examiner will give you directions which you should follow. You’ll drive in various road and traffic conditions. You should drive in the way your instructor has trained you. You might also be asked to carry out an emergency stop. You’ll be asked to complete an exercise to show how well you can reverse your vehicle. The examiner will choose one exercise from:

  • reversing around a corner
  • turning in the road
  • reverse parking – either into a parking bay, or parallel parking at the side of the road

Your driving test will include around ten minutes of independent driving. This is designed to assess your ability to drive safely while making decisions independently. More about this may be found by clicking on the link below.

Official DSA car practical test – Are you ready?

Your result

You’ll pass your test if you make:

  • 15 or less driving faults
  • no serious or dangerous faults

More about your practical driving test