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.

To book a practical or theory test please click on the link below:

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Pupil Testimonials

What do our pupils say about us?

  • Finally passed my test today after 4 tries due to my nerves always getting the better of me! Rob is the most patient and calming instructor and has always supported me and been on my side when I thought I couldn’t do it! So thanks Rob, I shall miss our lessons loads, will be definitely booking to get my kiddo on the road, 10/10 thanks for everything!
    Carrie Glover // 25th January 2024
  • Hey Rob, i just want to say thank you again i couldn't have passed my driving test it it wasn't for you, you was so patience lol. all the moaning about the car yet i passed in it! might have to buy one for my first car😂 anyways thank you again and i'm sure i'll see you around!
    Liz Wilson
  • Rob it has been a pleasure driving with you it has been lovely to have met you and I would recommend you to anyone who asks. My daughter will be ready in a few years so be ready. Thank you for all your help :))
    Louise Degia // Passed 20th July 2021.
  • Amazing driving instructor, very patient and calms your nerves! Especially on the big day for me as I was very nervous but he got me through it 👍🏻Highly recommend him! Thanks again Rob
    Jess Hendley
  • Rob is an amazing teacher and during the few lessons I had with him my confidence grew a lot and he got me prepared for my test which I passed first time
    Max Watson
  • Rob! Amazing driving instructor! So patient and calms your nerves on the big day! Always up for a laugh and still gets the job done. strongly recommend him! Thanks again Rob
    Leah Powell
  • A MASSIVE thank you to Rob!!! He is an excellent teacher and somehow managed to get me through the test with my bundle of nerves! 100% recommend to anyone thinking about starting lessons!!
    Shreeya Patel
  • Rob is FABULOUS!!! In 6 lessons he got me prepared for my test and I was able to PASS first time!!! I am so pleased with his driving school and I would HIGHLY reccomend!!!
    Katie Jepson
  • Thank you Rob!! fantastic driving instructor recommend to anyone!
    Clare Wakefield
  • 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