How its going to work
After meeting your examiner, the next two stages are:

1. An eyesight check – if you fail this, your test will not continue

2. Your examiner will ask you two questions about carrying out vehicle safety checks

You'll be asked one 'show me' and one 'tell me' question. One or both questions answered incorrectly will result in one driving fault being recorded


The driving part of your test will last about 40 minutes during which you will be examined on your general driving and ability to reverse your vehicle safely. One exercise will be chosen from:

1. Stopping on right hand side of the road reversing back 2 car lengths the safely moving off again

2. Drive in a bay and reverse out

3. Reverse in bay and drive out

4. Parallel Park

You may also be asked to carry out an emergency stop exercise.

Your practical driving test will include approximately ten minutes of independent driving. This is designed to assess your ability to drive safely while making decisions independently.

During your test you’ll have to drive independently by either following:

1.Traffic signs
2.A series of directions
3.A combination of both

To help you understand where you are going when following verbal directions, the examiner will show you a diagram.

It doesn't matter if you don't remember every direction, or if you go the wrong way - that can happen to the most experienced drivers.


If you ask for a reminder of the directions, the examiner will confirm them to you.

If you go off the independent driving route it won’t affect the result of your test unless you commit a serious driving fault.

If you go off the route or take a wrong turning, the examiner will help you to get back on the route and continue with the independent driving.

If there are poor or obscured traffic signs, the examiner will give you directions until you can see the next traffic sign - you won’t need to have a detailed knowledge of the area.