Practical Driving Test
The practical test consists of a test of eyesight, safety questions and driving technique. The test lasts around 40 minutes and you must pass all parts of the test at the same time. A practical test costs £62 if taken within the week. Evening or weekend tests cost £75.
It will start with an eyesight test. Fail to read a numberplate from 20.5 metres and you will fail the whole practical test there and then.
Following the eyesight test, if you pass, is the Show Me tell me Test. The examiner will ask you two questions. Fail to answer either question correctly, and you will score one minor fault. The questions and answers and widely published, so there is no excuse for getting any wrong. You can view them here.
The driving part of your test will last about 40 minutes. Throughout the test your examiner will be looking for an overall safe standard of driving, including when you are carrying out the set exercises.
You will have to successfully perform one of the following reversing exercises: left reverse (reversing around a corner), turning in the road, reverse parallel or bay parking.
The driving test will consist mainly of the examiner giving you verbal directions followed by 10 minutes of independent driving. Test routes are designed to be as constant as possible for each pupil and will include a range of typical road and traffic conditions.