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What Happens on the Driving Test?

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Before Your Driving Test

Sure, here are some tips to help you prepare for your UK Driving Test:

  1. Practice, practice, practice: The more time you spend driving, the more prepared you will be for the test. Plan to practice driving in different weather conditions and on different types of roads[1].

  2. Know the test routes: Review the routes that your test centre uses so that you’re familiar with the roads you’ll be driving on[1].

  3. Review the Highway Code: Be sure to study the Highway Code, which contains all the rules and regulations for driving in the UK. You’ll be tested on your knowledge of it during the theory portion of the test[2].

  4. Be prepared: On the day of the test, make sure you have all the required documents, including your driver’s license, theory certificate, and confirmation letter or email[3].

  5. Relax: Be sure to get a good night’s sleep before the test and try to remain calm and confident during the test[1].

Remember, passing the test is not just about demonstrating technical skills, but also about safe and responsible driving. Drive defensively,  immerse yourself in safe driving practices, and eliminate any distractions during the test. Good luck!

What to bring to your Driving Test?

Here’s a checklist of items to bring on your UK driving test, as stated by the GOV.UK website[1]:

  1. Your UK Provisional Driving License
  2. Your theory test pass certificate (if you have it)
  3. A car – most likely provided by your driving instructor, but if you’re taking the test in your own car, it must be taxed, have a current MOT (if it’s over 3 years old), and be insured for a driving test.
  4. If you need glasses or contact lens, remember to bring them with you.

It’s important to remember to check the GOV.UK website closer to your test date to ensure that this information has not changed and that you are fully prepared for the test. 

  1. Driving test: cars: What to take to your test – GOV.UK

  1. Practical driving test tips, Auto Express

  2. The Highway Code, UK Government

  3. What to take to your UK driving test, UK Government



Here are some frequently asked questions about the UK driving test, along with their answers:

  1. What documents do I need to bring to the driving test?

    • You must bring your UK driving licence[1]. Additionally, if you have passed the theory test, you should bring the theory test pass certificate[1].
  2. Can I use my own car for the driving test?

    • Most people use their driving instructor’s car for the test, but you can also use your own car[1].
  3. What happens during the driving test?

    • The test usually lasts around 40 minutes. You will be asked to perform various driving manoeuvres and drive in different road and traffic conditions[1].
  4. What are the “show me, tell me” questions?

    • These are vehicle safety questions that assess your knowledge of basic vehicle maintenance. You will be asked to either demonstrate how to carry out a specific check or explain how you would carry out the check[2].
  5. How do I pass the driving test?

    • To pass the driving test, you need to demonstrate safe and confident driving, following the rules of the road. Practice regularly, familiarize yourself with the Highway Code, and take lessons with a qualified instructor[3].

We hope these FAQs help!


  1. Driving test: cars: What to take to your test – GOV.UK

  2. Driving test: cars: ‘Show me, tell me’ questions – GOV.UK

  3. How to pass your driving test – a full guide | RAC Drive

What will happen on the day of my Driving Test?

On the day of your driving test, you will need to arrive at the test centre with your provisional driving licence to check in for your appointment. You should also bring your confirmation email or letter if available.

Before the test, you’ll be asked to read and sign a declaration about your vehicle and insurance. Your driving examiner will then check your identification and ask you to read a car number plate from a distance to check your eyesight meets the legal standard[1].

Next, you will begin the driving portion of the test. The examiner will ask you to show some vehicle safety questions (known as “show me, tell me” questions), which assess your understanding of basic vehicle maintenance[1].

During the test, your examiner will sit in the front passenger seat and give you instructions on where to drive. They will assess your ability to perform various driving manoeuvres, such as reversing, turning and driving on different types of roads and traffic conditions[1]. The test usually lasts around 40 minutes.

It’s important to try to stay calm and focused throughout the test. The driving test can be nerve-wracking, but if you’ve practised enough and feel confident, you should be able to do well.

If you receive NO major faults and fewer than 15 minor faults, you will have passed your test.  If you pass, you’ll be given a pass certificate. This enables you to apply for a full driving licence. If you fail, you will be given a report detailing the faults made and advice on ways to improve your driving for next time[1].

Key Points:
  1. Taking the driving test – GOV.UK
    • Make sure you’ve got your provisional licence (you won’t be able to take your test without it!)
    • Bring your theory test pass certificate just in case the examiner wants to check it
    • Bring your instructor’s car (or your own) and decide whether you want your instructor to sit in with you
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