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The Practical Driving Test

The driving test centre in Inverness is located at Craddlehall Business Park, off Cauldfield Road. We will drive to the test centre 10 minutes before test and reverse into one of the six arrived DSA bays.


The Test Examiners will come into the waiting room on time. If there are a few candidates waiting, each Examiner will call out the name of the person they will be testing.


The Examiner will then ask for your identification. You must provide BOTH PARTS of your provisional licence - without both of them, the driving test will be cancelled. You will also need to provide your Theory Test certificate or the pass number.


Once the Examiner has checked the paperwork, you will need to sign the legal declaration which proves the car is fully insured and road legal.



The driving test will include an eyesight check that requires you to read a number plate from 20 metres.


After the eyesight test you will be asked two vehicle safety check questions (known as Show Me, Tell Me). These are basic safety checks that you should carry out to ensure the your car is safe drive. Some checks may involve you opening the bonnet to identify where fluid levels would be checked. You will not be asked to touch a hot engine or physically check fluid levels.


You will then be examined on your general driving and reversing exercises and independant driving which can last approximately 10 minutes. You may also be asked to carry out an emergency stop exercise.


What happens during the driving test?


During the driving test the examiner will give you directions which you should follow. The test routes you follow will include a range of typical road and traffic conditions. During the test, you will be asked to carry out set exercises.


Throughout the test you should drive in the way your instructor has taught you. If you make a mistake, don't worry about it, it might be a less serious driving fault and may not affect your result. The examiner will be looking for an overall safe standard of driving.


The practical driving part should last about 40 minutes. During the test the examiner will be looking for an overall safe standard of driving. You can make up to 15 driving faults and still pass the test but just one serious or dangerous fault will mean a failure. If at any time your examiner considers you to be a danger to other road users your test will be stopped.


You are allowed to take someone with you on the test, this person must be over 16 years old and cannot take any part in the test.


After the practical test


When the driving test is over, the examiner will tell you whether you passed or failed. You can request feedback on your test from the examiner, who will then go through your performance during the test.


If you pass and have a photocard driving licence the examiner will take your old licence off you, scan the details and send them electronically to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA). You will then be given a pass certificate to prove you passed your test. DVLA will then send you your new full licence by post within four weeks of you passing your practical test.


If you fail the test you should ask the examiner for some feedback to help prepare yourself for your next test. Your driving report form will also show you where you made any mistakes. You must wait at least 10 working days before you take your next test.

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