What happens on a driving test

 How to prepare for a driving test 

Around 1.6 million people every year, want to learn to drive. Yet only 47% of those people actually pass their driving test first time. What happens on a driving test?

Do you already have a driving test booked? It would be a good idea to take a mock test with your driving instructor first to make sure you are ready for the practical test.

Failing can be expensive and you may have to wait a few weeks for your new test date. Make sure you have taken at least between 40-50 hours before taking your test.

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When arriving at the driving test centre with your driving instructor. Candidates are seated in the waiting room with the other driving test candidates. The examiner will come out and call your name, they will then ask to see your provisional driving licence. If you haven’t got it with you, you won’t be able to take your test.

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The examiner will then ask you if you wish your driving instructor to sit in with you on the test, this can be extremely helpful especially if you haven’t passed, you driving instructor can see where you have gone wrong, and help you rectify it next time.

The start of the driving test

The examiner will then ask you to read a number plate from 20 metres, (67 feet) if you can’t do this you will be unable to take your driving test. If you haven’t had a recent eye test, it maybe wise to have one before you take a driving test.

The Examiner will then explain to you that your driving test will last approx 38-40 mins.  You will be asked to drive on a variety of different roads.

Your examiner will ask you, one tell me question at the beginning of their driving test.


Your  examiner will ask you to complete one reversing exercise and possibly the Emergency Stop, only one in three  people are asked to do this. Your examiner will also ask you to drive independently for 20 minutes, this could involve following road signs or a series of directions given by the examiner.

One in Five candidates are asked to follow instructions given by a Sat Nav.

It is worth noting that unless an examiner gives you an instruction to turn left or right, then you will be expected to follow the road ahead unless signs or road markings tell you otherwise.

If you make a mistake and you take the wrong direction, try not to worry and follow the advice given in the highway code.  https://www.gov.uk/browse/driving/highway-code-road-safety

During the test the examiner will ask you to pull up on the left at least four times. This is so the examiner can see that you are safe in moving off in variety of different situations. For example uphill, downhill, from behind a parked vehicle and from the side of the road.

You will also need to demonstrate that you are planning well in advance for the hazards you are encountering.  By approaching them at a sensible speed. The examiner is there to assess your drive remember and they cannot assist you in any way.  You will need to demonstrate that you can drive a car safely without any assistance before you get your driving licence.

So we hope that this blog has given you some idea, on What happens on your driving test. Remember we have courses for all types of students from beginners to intermediate. Why not browse our courses and see which one would best suit your current level of ability https://mrdrivingschool.co.uk/driving-packages/