The Theory Test
The theory test is comprised of two parts; the multiple choice section followed by the hazard perception section. You must pass both parts at the same time. The theory test must be taken and passed before you can take your practical driving test.
The test is conducted on a computer screen. For the multiple choice section you will be asked 50 questions based around the highway code, you must get 43 correct answers to pass this section. There is a brief introduction and you can practice a few questions before the test begins. You will ahve 57 minutes to complete this part. If you are not sure of an answer you can 'flag' the question to return to it later.
The hazard perception part will begin with a short tutorial clip to show you how this part of the test works. The test comprises of 14 video clips of everyday driving. It is your task to spot emerging hazards in each clip. 13 clips have one emerging hazard and one clip has two hazards. An emerging hazard being one which you may have to change speed or direction. Each hazard can attract a maximum of 5 points and you must score a total of 44 out of 75 to pass this section. The cost is currently £31.00.
The Practical Test
Your driving test will start with an eyesight check and vehicle safety questions. You will then start your practical test which will include any one of four reversing manoeuvres.
The driving part of your test will last 40 minutes. Throughout the test your examiner will be looking for an overall safe standard of driving, icluding when you are carrying out the reversing manouevre. You can make upto 15 driving faults and still pass the test (16 or more results in fsilure). However, if you commit one serious or dangerous fault you will fail the test.
When the driving test is over, the examiner will tell you whether you have passed or failed. You can request feedback on your test from the examiner, who will then go through your performance during the test.
The DSA recommends that new car drivers who have just passed their practical test consider taking a Pass Plus course. Pass Plus is a course of six extra modules taken with a Pass plus driving instructor after passing your test. The test costs £62.00 if taken on a week day and £75 if taken at the weekend.