Multiple choice questions: You will given 50 multiple choice questions. To pass this part you need to answer 43 of these questions correctly. Each question will be displayed one at a time, some
have more than one correct answer, it will say on the screen adjacent to the question 'mark one answer', or 'mark two answers' etc.
Hazard Perception Test: Once you have completed the 50 questions you will be allowed a short break before the Hazard Perception Test. This consists of 14 video clips, lasting about 1 minute each, featuring various road conditions and hazards. The earlier you click the mouse button on a scorable hazard the more you score. There are a total of 15 scorable hazards over the 14 clips (in other words on 13 of those clips there is one scorable hazard, on one of the clips there are two scorable hazards). The highest you can score on a hazard is 5. You must score 44 out of a possible 75 to pass this part of the test.
The practical driving test last about 40 minutes, and you will be taken on a variety of roads and traffic conditions. The test itself is straightforward and you can pass if you show the examiner that you drive safely and with consideration of other road users, complete the set exercises and demonstrate your theory knowledge through your driving. As daunting as the test may seem, it is merely an assessment of your normal driving, where you should carry out the drive and set exercises in the same way that you have in your lessons leading up to the test.
The examiner will assess your driving and record any errors you make on the Driving Test Report form. You will fail the test if you commit a serious or dangerous fault, or if you commit more than 15 driving fault (sometimes referred to as minor faults).
At the beginning of the test the examiner will ask you to keep following the road ahead unless signs and road markings direct you otherwise. They will give you directions clearly and in good time. They won't try and trick you! The examiners generally try to put people at ease, and will chat with you, but without putting you off. If you make a mistake, don't worry, keep going and concentrate on the rest of the drive, it might not be as bad as you think.
The driving test also includes an eyesight test at the beginning (you will be asked to read a number plate 20.5 metres [67 feet] away).
As from 4th December 2017 the independent driving part of the test will last approximately 20 minutes either by following directions from a sat nav or following road signs. Most candidates will be asked to follow the sat nav, but about 1 in 5 candidates will asked to follow road signs.
Independent driving is not a test of your orientation and navigation skills. Driving independently means making your own decisions. You can ask the examiner for confirmation of where you’re going. It won’t matter if you go the wrong way, unless you make a fault while doing it.
You will be asked to carry out one reverse manoeuvre. The manoeuvres are: parallel park, pull up on the right reverse 2 car lengths, reverse bay park, forward bay park then reverse out.
1 in 3 tests may include the emergency stop, which will be as well as the reverse manoeuvre.