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  • Writer's pictureSimon Harrison

What will happen on the day of my driving test?

What will happen on the day of my practical driving test? On the day of your test you will arrive at your designated test centre 10 minutes before your test. If it has a car park then you will be required to reverse bay park into an allocated space with your instructor. You will then sit in a waiting room until your name is called by your selected examiner. Make use of the toilet when you get there as an empty bladder is better when taking a test as it makes you feel more comfortable. Have the car key and your driving license ready to show the examiner when you are called over. When your name is called, you will be required to sign the insurance declaration at the top of the test paper. You will also be asked if you want your instructor to accompany you on the test. They will not be able to do anything or say anything during the test, but for some it is reassurance and helps them understand where they may have gone wrong if they have not passed. You will then lead the way to your car. On the way to the car the examiner will ask you to read a number plate from 20 metres away.

They may also ask you a tell me question on the way to the car. The examiner will check over the car and make some notes whilst you get yourself comfy. The test will last between 30-40 minutes and will include a section of independent driving either satnav orientated or by following the signs to a destination, directed driving, one of your manoeuvres, Possible emergency stop, pulling in and pulling away safely, show me questions ​ At the end of the test your examiner will spend a few moments finalising the exam paper.

They will then present you with the result and give you some feedback. You will be asked if you wish your instructor to be with you during the feedback which can be constructive and help you look at where you may have gone wrong and what you may need to improve on.

Tips CONVERSATION Nerves can destroy a test. Stay focused, believe in yourself, Worrying can distract you. Giving up because you have made a mistake will either mean a poor score at the end you may not have failed or will give the wrong impression to the examiner who may not think you are ready. You don’t have to talk to the examiner during your test, but conversation can break the ice. Just remember to be polite, and pause any conversation when you need to focus. Take your time when completing your manoeuvre. Rushing can cause mistakes, and gives you less time to observe and react. 

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