This is a computer based test, and consists of two parts.
The first part is a series of fifty multiple choice questions which you have 57 minutes to answer. You must achieve a pass mark of 43 out of 50. The full official question bank is published by the Driving Standards Agency and available for you to study.
Your instructor will provide you with help and advice on preparing for the test and can supply discounted home study material (paper or computer based) if required.
The second part is a test of your hazard perception skills. This involves watching fourteen video clips containing fifteen developing hazards in total. Each of these hazards is worth a possible five points each (when you see the hazard you must click the mouse to acknowledge it - the quicker you respond, the more you score). You must score at least 44 out of a maximum of 75 to pass.
The skills needed to pass this test will be developed throughout your driving lessons. There are practice and training DVDs available for home study, and these are available from your Driving Instructor.
The Practical Driving Test involves you driving for around 40 minutes on various road types and conditions.
The first part of the test involves the examiner asking you to read a vehicle number plate at a distance of 20 metres (new style plate) or 20.5 metres (old style plate) to check your eyesight. For more information on the eyesight test click here.
You will then be asked two vehicle safety questions, one 'show me' and one 'tell me'. A list of these questions is available to download here.
Throughout the drive you will be asked by the examiner to perform two out of the following exercises:
• Turn in the road
• Reverse left or right
• Parallel or bay parking
You may in addition be asked to perform a controlled (emergency) stop. By the end of the test you are permitted to commit no more the 15 driver faults in total, with no serious or dangerous faults, to achieve a pass mark.
Your Top Gear instructor will cover a detailed syllabus of lessons to ensure complete readiness for your test, and ultimately make you a safe, confident, and responsible driver.