Practical Test

Important Note

As a learner driver the driving test is one of the most important days of your life.  Before you book your driving test it is important to agree with whoever is teaching you that you have reached the required standard.  There is no point in taking the driving test before you are ready, this is one of the main reasons that learner drivers fail the practical test.  Paul Loader’s Automatic Driving School has an excellent pass rate and will make sure that you are prepared.

Please note that we do not accept new students for test only! Paul will be very happy to teach you to drive, but is unable to accpet people for a few hours and a short notice test.  It is also important to note that as a driving school it is not possible to hire out the car for a pupil for test only.

About the practical 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).

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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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

Automatic driving lessons can be taken Monday to Friday from 9am to 4pm in Basingstoke only.  Sorry we do not offer evening or weekend lessons.

Waiting List

Sign up or join the waiting list

To add yourself to the Automatic Driving School's waiting list please make sure of the following:

- You are have a valid provisional licence

- Lessons are weekdays 9am to 4pm

- Lessons can only be taken in Basingstoke

- Acknowledge lessons can not be taken evenings or weekends


You can choose to begin and end your automatic driving lessons from pre-arranged locations.  These can include home, work, town, railway station or even college.  Flexible collection and drop of points do need to be prearranged in advance within Basingstoke


When you take automatic driving lessons with Paul's Automatic Driving School you can download the free pupil app.  It is available on IOS & Android.  You can use this to track your booked and past lessons, payments and prepayment, lessons notes and your full progress history.


Paul's Automatic Driving School has high pass rates.  Paul is a very experienced driving instructor that has helped many people to pass the driving test.  Automatic driving lessons are also easier, this can mean that people find it much easier to learn to drive and pass the driving test. 


All automatic driving lessons are individually tailored to each learn and their style, pace and ability to learn.  All students are unique and so are the lessons.  You can learn to drive at your own pace.  The goal is always the same - that is to pass your driving test and Paul Loader will do everything he can to help you get there.


Automatic cars are easier to drive because they do not have a clutch or gears.  Learning to control the clutch and change gears are complicated to some learners.  As there is no clutch control to learn it also means you will not stall, automatic cars do not stall and tend not to roll backwards on hill starts.


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Introducing the Ford Fiesta Active

Paul's Automatic Driving School uses the Ford Fiesta Active (Eco Boost) for all lessons and classes.  Being an automatic the car is very easy to drive as there are no gear changes to do.  Also with no clutch control to master its easy!  This car will also never stall or roll backwards on those challenging hill starts.