The Tests

The Tests


Theory Test


Before you can book a practical driving test, you must pass the theory test.

There are two sections to your theory test.

Section one

This part of the test consists of 50 multiple choice questions and you must score 43 or more to pass.

The test is conducted on a touch screen computer. The question and a selection of answers will appear on the screen – all you have to do is touch the screen on the answer(s) you deem to be correct. You have the option to change your answer if you make a mistake and also to go back to previous questions if you wish to recheck your answers.

You have 57 minutes to complete this part of the test and you will be given full instructions on how to operate the screen as well as a short practice session before you begin.

Section two

This is the hazard perception part of the test. This is also delivered on the computer but you respond by clicking a button on the mouse. You will be presented with a series of 14 video clips which feature everyday road scenes.

In each clip there`ll be at least one developing hazard, but one of the clips will feature two developing hazards.

To achieve a high score you`ll need to respond to the developing hazard during the early part of its development. The maximum you can score on each hazard is five.

You won`t be able to review your answers to the hazard perception test, as, on the road, you`ll only have one chance to respond to the developing hazard.

The pass mark for the hazard perception part of the theory test is 44 out of 75.

Once you have completed both sections you will be given your results immediately. You must pass both sections at the same time to achieve a Pass Certificate.

There are many books available to help you study for the Theory test and your Peppers Driving Instructor will be able to give you further assistance and help.

Your Instructor will also be able to supply you with the Theory test application form and advise you of your nearest Theory Test Centre.

Practical Test


In order to pass the Practical Driving Test you must show your examiner that you can drive safely, complete the nominated set exercises and show through your driving that you have a thorough knowledge of the Highway Code.

Your test will last approximately 40 minutes over a route that will include a range of typical road and traffic conditions. This could include town centres, urban roads, rural roads and dual carriageways.

At the start of your test, you will be asked to sign a declaration that your test vehicle is covered by insurance (If you take your test in a Peppers car this will not present a problem), and that you are a resident of the UK.

Your examiner will also conduct an eyesight test, when you must be able to read a car number plate from a distance of 20.5 metres on the old style number plates (eg A123 ABC) or 20 metres on the new style (eg AB55 ABC). If you need to wear glasses or contact lenses to do this, you must wear them whilst driving. If you fail the eyesight test your driving test will not continue.

Once this is complete you will then be ask two `show me – tell me` questions based on basic safety checks that a driver should carry out to ensure that the vehicle is safe for use. Our Instructors will help you learn these before your test. One or both questions answered incorrectly will result in one minor fault being recorded.

During your test you will be asked to carry out one of the following set exercises: Reverse round a corner, Turn in the road or a Reverse park (this could be a parallel park or a bay park). You may also be asked to carry out an emergency stop exercise.

Your practical driving test will include approximately 10 minutes of independent driving.

During your test you’ll have to drive independently by either following traffic signs,a series of directions or a combination of both. To help you understand where you are going when following verbal directions, the examiner will show you a diagram.

It doesn’t matter if you don`t remember every direction, or if you go the wrong way – that can happen to the most experienced drivers.

Independent driving is not a test of your orientation and navigation skills.

Driving independently means making your own decisions – this includes deciding when it’s safe and appropriate to ask for confirmation about where you’re going.

Your examiner will assess and record your driving faults. Committing one fault of a Serious or Dangerous nature will result in you failing your test. Committing driving faults of a less serious nature may not lead to failure, provided you do not commit more than 15 faults. However if a particular fault is habitual this would be considered to be a serious weakness in your driving and would be marked as a serious fault thus leading to failure.

At the end of your test your examiner will go through your driving test report with you and offer some guidance and explanation of your faults.

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