1st Essential Driving School Portsmouth

1st Essential Driving School - Driving Test Info


The Theory Test

The test costs £23 and is bookable online.

You must pass the theory test before taking the practical test.

It's recommended to have started having driving lessons before taking the test.

We strongly advise that you do plenty of homework beforehand - books, DVDs and apps are available to become familiar with the test formats and the Highway Code.

Your instructor will be able to help to answer any questions you may have about the test but if you have prepared well, you should have no problem in passing the theory test.

The test is made up of two parts - you must achieve the pass rate in both

  • Clear instructions are given before each part begins
  • 50 multiple choice questions - touch screen format. Pass rate is 43/50.
  • 75 hazard perception questions - mouse click format. Pass rate is 44/75.

You will be given the result shortly after completing the test.

For some free hazard perception tests visit this website.

Practical Driving Test

The test costs £62 and is bookable online. Discuss possible dates with your instructor.

You must have passed the theory test before taking the practical test.

You’ll have to read a number plate from a distance of:

  • 20 metres for vehicles with a new-style number plate
  • 20.5 metres for vehicles with an old-style number plate

Show Me, Tell Me section. For this part of the test you will be required to carry out basic safety checks on your vehicle. In order to pass you will need to answer two questions correctly.

Throughout the practical test your examiner will be looking for evidence you've reached an overall safe standard of driving, as you carry out both general and specific manoeuvres.

Independent driving section. Your driving test will include around 10 minutes of independent driving. It’s designed to assess your ability to drive safely while making decisions on your own.

The Practical Driving Test takes about 40 minutes to complete, and is followed by a debrief which we suggest your instructor also attends.

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