Practical Test

About the pratical driving test

The driving test is conducted by a DSA Driving Examiner.  Your driving test will last for about 45 minutes, during the test you will need to demonstrate that you can drive safely, obey the rules of the road and can reverse and drive independently.  If you have already taken a driving test and failed or are suffering from last minute nerves make sure you follow everything your instructor has taught you and stay calm – never give up!

You will also need to answer a ‘tell me’ question at the start of the test and a ‘show me’ question that is asked at a safe point during your test – whilst you are moving.

Preparing for your test

To help you to prepare for your driving test Paul’s Automatic Driving School will teach you everything you need to know, but not only that – ‘how to be a safe driver for life’.  You will be taught the full DVSA syllabus.  That means all roads, junctions, manouvers and skills that a good driver needs to know.  

How your test is marked

Your examiner will assess your driving according to 3 types of faults:

  • A dangerous fault – this involves actual danger to you, the examiner, the public or property.
  • A serious fault – something potentially dangerous (this, and dangerous faults, are often referred to as majors).
  • A driving fault – this isn’t potentially dangerous, but if you keep making the same mistake, it could become a serious fault (these are often referred to as minors).

To pass your test, you will need to:

  •  Receive fewer than 16 driving faults (minors).
  • Avoid recording a single serious or dangerous driving fault (majors).

Book Your Practical Test

You can book your practical test online.

Do not use the unofficial booking sites that you will commonly find online, it is recommended that you use the offical DVSA Test Booking Site.

Your Local Test Centre

Your local Practical Driving Test Centre in Basingstoke is:

Brighton Hill Centre
Basingstoke
Hampshire
RG22 4LR

DVSA Driving Test

You can watch this official DVSA video explaining the driving test, you can also read the show me / tell me questions.

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