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The Training Plan

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    I follow the syllabus laid out by the DSA and also use modern training aids, for example:.

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  Further materials can also be found in the "resources" section of this web site.

    The DSA recommends around 35 - 45 hours of professional training, plus additional private practise to give you the best chance of passing.  I can advise you during training on how you are progressing and adapt you lessons to your individual needs.

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Test Structure

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    The test is in 2 parts:

    The Theory Test is taken using a touch-screen computer at your local test centre. 

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There are two sections to this test; the first consists of a series of multiple choice questions covering a wide range of driving related topics (pass mark 43 out of 50) and the second covers Hazard Perception. 

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In Hazard Perception you will be shown 15 video clips, each of which contains one or more "developing hazards" that you must respond to by clicking the mouse button as soon as you spot them.

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    To get your Theory Test Certificate you must achieve pass marks in both parts of the test on the same date.  This certificate lasts for two years, after which, if you have not passed your Practical Test, you will have to re-sit the full Theory Test.

    You will take your test at a local Driving Test Centre, and it will be conducted by a Driving Skills Agency examiner.  The test will last approximately forty minutes, during which time you will be asked to perform at least two of the following manoeuvres:

  1. Turn in the road
  2. Left reverse
  3. Parallel park
  4. Bay park
  5. Emergency stop

You may also be asked to do a hill start and angle start.

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You will be asked 2 show me tell me questions (see resources page for more details).

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You will also be marked on your eco driving - this covers issues relating to accelerator control and planning ahead to save fuel and protect the environment.

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    In order to pass the Practical test you must not commit more than fifteen driving faults or one serious/dangerous fault.


Changes from October 2010:-

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From October, car test candidates (category B) will have to complete one reversing manoeuvre rather than two. The manoeuvre will be selected at random by the examiner from:

* turning in the road
* reversing around a corner
* reverse parking (either on the road, or into a bay)

An emergency stop exercise will still be conducted on one in three tests.


If the candidate goes off-route during the independent driving section, the examiner will get the candidate back on route and continue with the independent driving section wherever possible. The test won't be terminated.

If the candidate looks like taking a wrong turning, the examiner will control the situation as they do now and preferably step in before the candidate goes off route. If that's not possible, the examiner will help the candidate get back on route as soon as possible by guiding them with normal directions.


Independent driving is not a test of the candidate's orientation skills.. If the candidate goes off route, but does not commit a fault, there's nothing to assess. Any faults that did occur would be assessed under the circumstances at the time – as usual. There is no change to assessment.

There will be times when, due to poor or obscured signage, the examiner may have to intervene. If this happens the examiner would say, 'There are no signs here. Just continue ahead please' and then, 'Now, carry on following the signs to .........'

If the candidate asks for a reminder of the directions, the examiner will be happy to confirm them. Driving independently means making your own decisions and, just like when driving with friends, this includes deciding when it's safe and appropriate to ask for confirmation on where you're going.

Independent driving is designed to test the learner's ability to drive unsupervised and make decisions without guidance and in unfamiliar contexts. DSA is therefore taking the opportunity to review the appropriateness of current route publication practices.

The independent driving section of the test is approximately 10 minutes when you will be asked to drive making your own decisions. A sat nav gives directions in much the same way as the driver trainer, or the examiner, so it's not appropriate to use for independent driving.

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