Test Help!

My aim is to successfully guide every pupil through the complete learning process of driving using a professional and enthusiastic approach. I will always endeavour to help pupils wherever possible through my driving instruction and by answering any questions pupils may have.
Below is some information on both the theory and practical test. 

Step 1: Theory Test.

There are two sections to the theory test, first there is a multiple choice part which tests your knowledge. This is followed by a hazard perception test that records your responses to different scenarios.
You must pass both parts on the same sitting otherwise you will be required to take the whole test again.

Part One – Multiple choice:
A question and several answers will appear on a touch screen computer and you have to select the correct answer to each question. Some questions may require more than one answer.
For cars and motorcycles you'll be asked 50 questions in 57 minutes and the pass mark is 43 out of 50.

Part Two – Hazard perception:
The Hazard part is also delivered on a computer but you respond by clicking a button on a mouse. You'll be presented with a series of 14 video clips (each being around 1 minute long) which will feature every day road scenes recorded from a car. In 13 clips there will be one developing hazard, and 1 of the clips will contain two developing hazards.
You will be scored from 1 to 5 on your response to the hazard as it develops, 5 being the highest.
The pass mark for cars and motorcycles is 44 out of a possible 75.

How do I revise? 
There are plenty of books, DVD's and phone applications that can help you revise for the theory test. Feel free to check with me if you want to know which ones are best before you purchase them.

What if I fail?
You can just re-take the test although I try and make sure all my pupils have good knowledge to avoid this happening. There is no limit to the amount of chances you get however you will have to pay every time. 

Where do I take the test?
You can ask me which one I would recommend, alternatively you can click here to find your closest Theory Test centre. 

Step 2:Practical Driving Test.

Practical tests are generally available at all permanent test centres. Saturday and weekday evening tests, subject to resources being available, are offered at a premium rate. Non premium rate tests are available at various times between 7.30 am and 3.27 pm Monday to Friday.
The driving test is straightforward and has been designed to see if you can drive safely and that you know The Highway Code and can demonstrate this through your driving.

What will the test include?
The test will include an eyesight check (if you fail this, your test will not continue). The eyesight test requires you to read a number plate that is a certain distance away, I will ensure that you are capable of this before allowing you to take a test. 
After the eyesight test you will be asked one tell me vehicle safety check questions whch we would have practised before the test. You will then be examined on your general driving and one manoeuvre. The manoeuvre will be chosen from:
  1. Pulling up on the right and reverse,
  2. Forward bay parking,
  3. Parallel parking,
  4. Reverse bay parking. 
You may also be asked to carry out an emergency stop exercise.

What happens during the test?
During the driving test the examiner will give you directions which you should follow. Test routes are designed to be as uniform as possible and will include a range of typical road and traffic conditions. During the test, the examiner will ask you to carry out set exercises and one show me vehicle question.
You will be expected to drive independently for approximately 20 minutes during the test either following a Sat Nav or Road signs.
Throughout the test you should drive in the way your instructor has taught you. If you make a mistake, don't worry about it, it might be a less serious driving fault and may not affect your result. The examiner will be looking for an overall safe standard of driving.
You can make up to 15 driving faults and still pass the test (16 or more results in failure). However, if you commit one serious or dangerous fault you will fail the test. If at any time your examiner considers you to be a danger to other road users your test will be stopped.
You are allowed to take someone with you on the test, this person must be over 16 years old and cannot take any part in the test.
When and how do I book my driving test?
You can only book your practical driving test after you have passed your theory test. It is best advised to ask your instructor if they think you are at the required test standard.
I am able to book your driving test for you however if you would like to do it yourself click on the link below.

Vehicle safety questions:
These are basic safety checks that a driver should carry out to ensure the vehicle is safe for use. Although some checks may involve the candidate in opening the bonnet to identify where fluid levels would be checked, pupils will not be asked to touch a hot engine or physically check fluid levels.
As vehicle technology advances, more and more vehicles are being equipped with electronic diagnostic systems, which inform the driver of the state of the engine fluid levels and tyre pressures. It will be acceptable for a candidate to refer to the vehicle information system (if fitted) when answering questions on fluid levels or tyre pressures.
Candidates will be asked two questions, one 'show me' and one 'tell me'. One or both questions answered incorrectly will result in one driving fault being recorded.
Click here to view vehicle safety questions.

Where is my closest test centre?
You can ask me which one I would recommend, alternatively you can click here to find your closest Practical Driving Test centre. 
If you have need any more information you can either ask me for help or click here to go to the government website.