Practical test: preparation and booking

Show that you can drive consistently well, with confidence and without help or guidance from an instructor.

How much does it cost?

Weekday - £62

Evening or weekend - £75

You must

  • only book your driving test when your instructor says you’re ready

  • take the practical driving test before your theory test 'pass certificate' expires (2 years*)

*Note: you can retake the theory test 6 months before it expires if you need more time to prepare for your practical.

Preparing for your practical test

Your driving lessons should prepare you for your practical test, especially if you’ve worked through the 'Record of pupil's progress' (see links below) with your instructor.

Your driving instructor may offer you a mock test before taking your practical test. This can help give you a much better feel of what driving unaided.

Show me, tell me questions

Your examiner will ask you 2 vehicle safety questions.

  • 'tell me’ question - (where you explain how you’d carry out a safety task) at the start of your test, before you start driving

  • ‘show me’ question - (where you show how you’d carry out a safety task) while you’re driving

Practise the possible questions with your instructor so that you're prepared for the big day:

More helpful resources

Book your practical driving test

Find your nearest practical driving test centre

Change your test date or centre

Cancel your test

Support for disabilities, health conditions or learning disabilities

You can select the support you need when you book your test.

Find out what types of support are available

Prompt cards for learner drivers who are deaf

Book your test using the official links, if you use an unofficial site, you might pay more than you need to.

Practical test costs

Record of pupil's progress

'Show me, tell me' vehicle safety questions

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