Driving School Eastbourne

Ministry of Driving - Driving Test Information

Theory & Hazard Perception Test
The theory test is made up of 50 multiple choice questions followed by a test of your hazard perception skills. You will need to pass both parts of the theory test at the same sitting to obtain your theory test pass certificate.

This part consists of 50 multiple choice questions covering a wide range of driving topics. By touching the screen you will select an answer or answers from the selection shown. To pass you must answer 43 or more questions correctly in 57 minutes. You have the option of working through a practice session lasting up to 15 minutes to get used to the system before starting the actual test.

The questions include a case study on which five questions will be based. The case study will involve a real life situation that a driver could face whilst driving & aims to test your understanding of road safety issues and not simply your knowledge of it.

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After a break of up to 3 minutes the hazard perception part will start with a video tutorial telling you how the test is taken.

The test consists of 14 video clips each lasting about 1 minute. The clips feature various hazards such as vehicles, pedestrians, bikes and road conditions. You should respond by pressing a mouse button as soon as you see a hazard developing that may result in you the driver having to take some action such as changing speed or direction. The earlier the developing hazard is spotted and the response made on the mouse the higher the score.

You can score up to 5 marks on each hazard with one of the clips containing 2 hazards with a total possible score of 75. The pass mark for this part of the test is 44 out of 75 for car drivers and motorcycle riders.

The Practical Driving Test
The test will start with an eyesight check (if you fail this, your test will not continue). The eyesight test requires you to read an old style number plate from a distance 20.5 metres, a new style number plate from 20 metres.

Once completed you will be asked two questions from the Show Me, Tell me question bank. These are basic safety checks that a driver should carry out to ensure the vehicle is safe for use. Although some checks may involve the candidate in opening the bonnet to identify where fluid levels would be checked, pupils will not be asked to touch a hot engine or physically check fluid levels. You will be asked one 'Show Me' question and one 'Tell me' question.

The driving part of your test will last about 40 minutes. You will have to show you can drive safely and in accordance with the Highway Code. Throughout the test your examiner will be looking for an overall safe standard of driving, including when you are carrying out the set exercises. You can make up to 15 minor driving faults and still pass the test (16 or more results in failure). However, if you commit one serious or dangerous fault you will fail the test.

Since the driving test has changed in 2010 you will be required to drive 'independently for 8-10mins with no directions from the examiner. You will be following a series of short pre-given directions or following road signs to a destination i.e. 'follow road signs toward London'. You are now only required to carry out one reverse manoeuvre e.g. Turn in the road or reverse parking. You may also be asked to carry out an emergency stop exercise.