Firstly, you need to pass your theory test before you can apply for the practical test. The waiting time for a practical test can be long (especially in London). Don't rush into it, only book it when you feel ready.
Watch Adrian as he takes his mock driving test.Some test centres operate Saturday and Sunday tests. In the summer, evening tests at an extra cost.
The examiner will ask you one 'show me' question and one 'tell me' question.
The 'tell me' question will be asked before you start driving. A 'tell me' question is where you would have to explain how you'd carry out a safety task.
The 'show me' question will be asked while you're driving. That's where you'd have to actually show the examiner how you'd carry out a safety task.
Here are all the 'show me, tell me' questions.
Failure to answer one or both will result in a driving fault (also known as a minor).
Losing control of the car when answering the 'show me' question will result in either a serious or dangerous fault (test fail).Find out what to do if you find yourself in the wrong lane on the driving test.
Part of the test will include a reversing exercise (reverse/bay parking, pulling up on the right-hand side of the road and reversing 2 car lengths or driving forward into a car park bay then reversing out). You'll only carry out one manoeuvre. But, you may also be asked to carry out an emergency stop. Manoeuvres information can be found here. Assessing you driving independently is part of the test. This will take up roughly 20 minutes of the driving test and will consist of you either following traffic signs or directions from a sat nav. Read more about Independent driving here.
You are allowed no more than 15 driving faults and not allowed any serious or dangerous faults. Driving test sheet can be found here.The examiner uses an iPad to record any faults plus other things such as if you've completed a hill start.
After the test has finished, your examiner will tell you your result and explain any faults. Your driving instructor can listen into this part if you wish and help you improve on anything that you got wrong. The test result will also be emailed to you (example below).