What You Need To Know Before You Book Your Test
In order to book your practical test you have to have already passed your theory test!
So make sure you get the theory out of the way as quickly as possible. Remember to take your licence with you! Both the counterpart and the plastic card, otherwise you won’t be able to take your test and you will not get a refund!!! So be warned!!! You need to feel confident! There is no point in arriving for your test hoping you don’t get that manoeuvre, hill or roundabout. Because do you know what? Sods law says that that is just what you will get!
What can I expect to Do on My Test?
ok the format is a follows: First off, the tester will ask you for your licence, both parts and will check your photo to make sure that you are indeed the person who is designated to take the test and that your address is correct. Then he will ask you to sign a declaration to confirm that the car is properly insured and that you have been in the country for at least 180 days.(If you are using an instructor’s car then there won’t be a problem with the insurance but if you are taking the test in our own car, make sure that your insurance covers a test. Sometimes you have to pay an extra premium for the test).
Next you will have to pass an eyesight test. This will be similar to the one your instructor did with you on your first lesson. If you haven’t had any lessons with an instructor and you think there may be a problem with your sight then go to an optician and have your eyes tested. Alternatively, see if you can read a new style number plate at 22.5 metres.
Next you will be asked to answer two of the ‘show me / tell me’ questions. Usually one show me and one tell me. You can find them all on the Show Me / Tell Me page on this site.
The tester will then ask you to get into the car and make yourself comfortable while he checks the car for bumps and scratches or dodgy tyres. If the tyres are dodgy you won’t go out on test and the checking of bumps and scratches is only so that he can’t be accused of letting you damage the car while you are out on test.
At this point the examiner gets into the car and the actual test can begin. He will explain to you what is going to happen and may say something like this;
Your test will last approximately 38 – 40 minutes. You will be asked to do one manoeuvre and approximately 10 minutes of independent driving. You may also be asked to do an emergency or controlled stop.
I would like you to follow the road ahead unless road markings or road signs tell you otherwise. If i want you to go left or right I will tell you in plenty of time. Is that ok? Do you understand or do you have any questions?
If you have no questions, the examiner will say something like; ‘When it is safe, drive on when you are ready!’ So keep calm, just drive normally and follow his or her instructions. Don’t drive extra slowly or be extra cautious as you will fail for not making progress and don’t try to be extra clever or extra slick otherwise you will miss something and make a mistake. Jus thrive the way you have been taught.
During the test the examiner will be making marks on the test sheet. These are not necessarily bad marks. He has to make a selection mark to show which manoeuvre you did. He will be making notes to remind himself how many times he ahas stopped you; for example, you will get stopped so that you can do an angled start, a hill start and also three or four times to see if you can find a good parking place. (each examiner has 7 or 8 tests a day they could easily forget what they have stopped you for, if they don’t take notes.) So don’t panic if you see them making notes on the sheet.
At the end of the test, the examiner will add up the marks (if any) and tell you there and then whether you have passed or failed. He will also mention any faults you have made to help you when you are out on your own or if you have to retake the test.
Whether you pass or fail you will be given a copy of the test sheet along with an explanation sheet. There are 30 different categories listed, some of which don’t apply to the car learner test. Some are for motor cycles, taxis or trailer tests. The information on the explanation sheet is quite informative so I have written them all out here for you.