Tests

Driving tests bristol

Theory and Hazard Perception Test (HPT)

Candidates have to book their tests online. The following are the prices to book your test using the official service. Unofficial sites might charge more!

You will have to answer 50 multiple choice theory test questions. Your responses are made by touching the screen or using the mouse on the computer at the test centre. You must achieve 43 correct answers (85%) to pass this part of the test.

Having submitted the answers to the above questions. you will have 3 minutes before the HPT starts. You will be shown 14 video clips of 1 minute each, the videos show everyday driving. Candidates can score up to 5 marks for the 15 score-able hazards. (one clip has two hazards). The pass mark for this part of the test is 44 out of a possible score of 75.

The Theory test certificate is valid for 2 years in which time you must pass the practical test. Otherwise another Theory test must be taken.

DVSA fee £25.00

Practical Driving Test

At the beginning of the test you will be required to read a number plate at a distance of 20.5 – 21metres (depending on the plate type, since 2001). Before moving off on the test you will be asked two show me/tell me questions. The test will last approximately 40 minutes, consist of driving on a variety of roads including dual carriageways, over a course of about 6.5 miles.

From the 4th October 2010, candidates in all categories of practical driving tests will have to demonstrate they can manage without intervention by driving independently during the test. This involves driving for about 10 minutes, either following a series of directions, following traffic signs or a combination of both. The examiner may also help candidates to be clear about their routes by showing them a diagram.

The Driving Standards Agency is assuring potential candidates that newspaper claims; pass rates will fall when independent driving is introduced have been disproved by trials showing no significant fall in the pass rate. The cost and duration of tests will remain unchanged.

Car test candidates (category B) will only have to complete one of the three reversing manoeuvre options, instead of two, but an emergency stop exercise (controlled stop) will still be conducted in one of three tests. Manoeuvres in other test categories will be unchanged.

Driving test candidates should aim to make as few driving faults as possible. A high standard of driving is expected and is needed to pass the practical test.

Please note: driving test routes will no longer be published.

DVSA fee £62.00 weekdays; £75.00 weekends (candidates should seek advice from their instructor before booking a test).

Mock Tests

Apollo Driving school carry out periodic mock tests to ensure candidates are ready to take the practical test. Candidates must have a realistic chance of passing before booking a test.