Practical test: preparation and booking

The practical test shows that your driving skills have reached a level where you can drive consistently well, with confidence and without any help or guidance from your instructor. It’ll also show that you meet the National standard for driving cars and light vans.

Don’t book the practical test until your driving instructor says you’re ready: you’re likely to waste your time and money if you take it too soon.

You must take your practical test within 2 years of passing your theory test – otherwise your theory test pass certificate will expire. You can, however, retake the theory test within 6 months of its expiry date if you need more time to prepare for the practical test.

The practical driving test costs £62 for a weekday test and £75 for an evening or weekend slot (where available). For full details of the practical test costs, visit GOV.UK.

Preparing for your practical test

Your driving lessons should prepare you for your practical test, especially if you’ve worked through the Driver’s Record 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 will be like and better prepare you for the big day.

You can find more information on preparing for your practical test in the Official DVSA Guide to Learning to Drive and The Official Highway Code. You can also visit the Safe Driving for Life blog and get top tips straight from a driving examiner, including how to control driving test nerves and how to understand fault assessment.

Booking your practical test

Book your test using the official site, GOV.UK. If you use an unofficial site, you might pay more than you need to or you may not get a booking at all.

You can find your nearest test centre at GOV.UK.

You can also use GOV.UK if you need to change the test date or centre or cancel your test.

If you have special needs, such as a disability, visit GOV.UK to find out what help is available for the practical test.

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