About the practical test

The Practical Driving Test

The Practical Driving Test lasts approximately 35 minutes and is conducted from your local driving test centre by a DSA examiner. The examiner first asks you to check some maintenance items on the car before preceding to asses your ability to drive competently and safely and tests you on most of the topics you have covered in your lessons. Straight after the exam the examiner will give you your result.

Attending the test

You must arrive in good time and have your provisional licence and theory test certificate with you. You must also bring your passport if you don't have a photo card licence. Remember...... the new photo licence is made up of 2 parts, Photo Card and paper counterpart; you must bring BOTH parts when attending the test. You will sit in the waiting room until the DSA examiner calls out your name and asks you to sign the insurance declaration form. The examiner will check all of your documents and ask you to lead the way out to the vehicle. Before entering the car you will be asked to read a vehicle registration plate from approx 67ft/20.5m. You will also be asked 2 questions from the "Show Me - Tell Me" sheet. Once in the car the examiner will give you instructions on what he/she requires you to do during the test.

The test will last approx 40 mins and you will be tested on your driving ability. During the test you will be asked to carry out several manoeuvres and may also be asked to carry out an emergency stop. At the end of the test the examiner will give you the result and offer you a briefing on the test. You may want your instructor present during the briefing.

Points to remember about the practical

  1. Drive the way you have been taught, try not to change the way you drive just because you have an examiner next to you.
  2. Don't worry if you make a mistake, put it behind you and keep concentrating. It might not be as serious as you think.
  3. Remember the test is not over until the examiner tells you that it is the end of the test so keep concentrating until the end.

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Pupil Testimonials

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  • Thank you so much! You have no idea how happy I am. You have the patience of a saint, couldn’t have done it without you. Thank you!
    Georgia // Passed December 2015
  • Quite simply, couldn’t have done it without you. Thankyou so much
    Joanne // Passed December 2015
  • I still can't believe how easy you made parking for me, Cheers Rob
    Jason // Passed November 2015
  • I would highly recommend ROB to anyone who wants to learn to drive. I was always really nervous about driving but ROB really helped boost my confidence and was extremely patient with me and always stayed calm. All of my lessons were very enjoyable as he is such a great driving instructor and a lovely guy. Thank-you so much for teaching me how to drive. I would definitely pass your number on to my friends. Thank-you again
    Daisy Watson // Passed 5/1/15
  • I had previously spent three months with another driving school where I felt I was not progressing as quickly as I should’ve been and also the lesson prices were outrageous. I decided to change and was recommended to ROB @ LFE DRIVING-SCHOOL by quite a few friends and was not disappointed. I would like to take the opportunity to say thank you for the excellent and friendly driving lessons which I received and without which I would not have passed first time and would still be lacking in confidence. I would highly recommend ROB to all my family and friends due to the superb experience that I have had. Thank you once again!
    Poppy Jones // Passed 10/12/14
  • ROB is a Great Driving Instructor. He is very friendly, professional, calm and would instill confidence in new and experienced drivers alike. He knows the area very well and is extremely good at moulding me to be a safe driver on the road and ensure you crack the driving test. I would strongly recommend LFE DRIVING SCHOOL if you are looking to take driving lessons in and around LEICESTER. Get in touch with Rob and drive safely for life.
    Matty Owen // Passed 15/11/14
  • I highly recommend ROB to as he is a fantastic instructor. He is very patient, friendly and a pleasure to learn with. I always felt at ease and he encouraged and inspired me to carry on when I felt disheartened. He always found ways to keep my confidence up through driving. I can’t thank him enough for teaching me all I needed to do to pass my test. Thanks ROB I will be passing your number onto any family and friends wishing to learn to drive.
    Tim Coles // Passed 29/8/14
  • Cheers for everything Rob, made it very enjoyable! Thanks for having the patience with me, I will fully recommend you to everyone about to start lessons! Thanks Rob
    Oliver Kirk // Past Pupil
  • Just wanted to say a massive thank you to rob for all his help. Rob is fantastically patient, reassuring and a knowledgable instructor and I would recommend him to anyone.
    Aron Simpson // Past Pupil
  • I chose LFE Driving School because my friends said it is a local school with an excellent reputation and I’m so glad I did! Thank you for getting me through the test first time and for making the process so enjoyable.
    Fran Russen // Past Pupil
  • I had 10 refresher lessons with LFE driving school with Rob. Rob was proficient and professional and restored much of the confidence in me that I needed in order to drive again after five years absent. I would highly recommend LFE driving school and Rob as an instructor. Many thanks for all of your help.
    Jenny Trent // Past Pupil
  • I’m so glad that I chose LFE Driving School. My instructor Rob made the lessons very interesting and enjoyable, and taught me everything I needed to know to pass easily. Thanks to him I passed first time. Rob made the lessons so enjoyable that I looked forward to each lesson. Thank you.
    James Edwards // Past Pupil
  • Thank you for everything - especially putting up with my constant questions and lack of reverse parking ability! My Daughter pushed me to take driving lessons and keep it quite from her Dad!! I’m so happy I passed first time. You must be a brilliant teacher! Thanks Rob.
    Annette // Past Pupil