Before you attempt a practical test you will need to pass the theory test, which costs £25 and can be booked online, and have taken enough lessons to get you to test standard. The DVSA currently recommends 47 hours, this can be more or less depending on the individual and the programme on lessons.
Next, you need to think of where and when you want to book your test for. It is best to speak to your instructor regarding these details as they will be able to advise you on the test centre and time that best suits your needs. The test centre with the best record is Gairloch, a small village in the Scottish Highlands, with a 93.8% pass rate. On the other end of the scale, Belvedere test centre in London is the worst with a 30% pass rate. It is generally harder to pass in London than rural areas, however, the test centres used by our instructors generally have higher pass rates than the national average.
When it comes to actually booking your test, it is a common misconception that there is a ‘test cancellation list’. This is not the case and services claiming to find you a test cancellation are generally a scam and should be avoided. You can either book yourself either online or by calling the DVSA. Alternatively, you can use our fast track driving test service where our bookings team can find you an earlier test date.