West London Driving School

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.


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During your test you'll have to drive independently by either following traffic signs, a series of directions or eve a combination of both of these.

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. Independent driving is not a test of your orientation and navigation skills but rather making your own decisions including deciding when it's safe and appropriate to ask for confirmation about the direction in which you should be driving.

Throughout the practical test you should drive in the way your driving instructor has taught you. If you make a mistake do not think too much of it as it might be a less serious driving fault and therefore may not affect your result. The examiner will be looking for an overall safe standard of driving. You are allowed to make up to 15 minor driving faults and still pass the test (16 or more results in failure). However, if you commit one serious or dangerous fault you will fail the test. If at any time your examiner considers you to be a danger to other road users your driving test will be stopped. When the driving test has finished, 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.