The Driving Practical Test book a driving test
 
The DSA driving practical test is available at various test centres around the country, the local centres to myself are situated in Sutton Coldfield, Kingstanding and Washwood Heath. The Practical is about 40 minuets long and as the name suggests is a physical test with you and an examiner in the vehicle.

Costs are currently 56.50 per test on a standard weekday (Mon-Fri, 8.20am - 3.27pm), or 67.00 for a Saturday, Sunday or evening test time. You may sit the test as many times as is necessary in order to achieve the pass, each time you sit the test you must pay the sit fee.

Important!  - You need to pass the theory test before you can book and take a practical test.
 

Practical Test

  • You can only apply for your practical tests once you have passed the theory test.
  • Once you've booked your test you will be sent an appointment letter. Check the date, time, and location of your allotted test.
  • On the day of your test you will need to bring with you the appointment letter, both parts of your driving licence (photo card & counterpart) as well as your theory certificate. Without production of these to the examiner you will not be allowed to take your test, and your fee will be lost.
  • Arrive at the test centre in good time, as an examiner will conduct up to seven tests each day, and so if you're late the test will probably be cancelled, and again you'll lose your fee.
  • At the time of your test, the examiner will call your name, and ask you to sign the insurance and residency declaration, thus giving them time to check your signature and photo id. You will then be asked to lead the way to your car.
  • The examiner will then get you to read a number plate from a distance of 20.5m, and then will ask you two Show Me/Tell Me questions relating to the car, use the link on the left to see some Show me/Tell me examples.
  • The examiner will then explain the test to you and once any questions have been asked will ask you to move away when ready. The test will last for approximately 40 minutes, which will include two major manoeuvres and possibly an emergency stop, and you will end the test back at the test centre, ready for the de-brief and test result.
  • At the end of the test, the examiner will total up the faults and then inform you as to whether you have passed or failed. Throughout your drive you are allowed to commit a total of 15 minor Driver Faults and still pass, 16 and you fail. You must also avoid making either a Serious/Major or Dangerous fault as this would also indicate an automatic fail.
  • If you've passed CONGRATULATIONS, you will be issued with a pass certificate, along with a few other leaflets and booklets relating to driving. You will then need to exchange your Provisional licence for a Full licence.
  • If you've failed the examiner will explain the faults in detail and give you some pointers toward passing next time.
  • Whether you've passed or failed I will drive you home, giving you the chance to phone friends and family as well as discuss what comes next.

 

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