Practical Test Tips

SuperDriver Learning Centre - Practical Test Tips

Practical Driving Test

The practical test is designed to see if you can drive safely in different road and traffic conditions, know the Highway Code and can show this through your driving ability.   Your Examiner will ask you:

  • to sign an occupancy and insurance declaration.
  • if you would like your instructor to join you.
  • to read a number plate 20 metres away.
  • 2 safety check questions.  (Click here for more information)
  • to follow the road ahead unless the road or the Examiner directs you otherwise.
  • to perform 1 manoeuvre (Parallel Park, Park Forwards or Backwards into a Parking Bay, Park on the Right Hand side of the Road, Reverse, then re-join traffic.
  • to drive independently for 20 minutes. (either following sat nav or road signs to a destination).  1 in 5 tests will follow road signs.  The rest will follow sat nav.
  • there is a 1 in 3 chance they could ask you to perform an Emergency Stop.

Driving test candidates are no longer able to use interpreters on their test.  Click here for more information from the DVSA.

For more details about the DVSA's new test introduced on 4th December 2017.  Click here to read about it


Practical Driving Tests Cost £62 (more for extended tests).  Our local test centres are:

Sheffield (Middlewood)  - 508 Middlewood Road, Sheffield, S6 1TQ

Sheffield (Handsworth) - Orgreave Way, Handsworth, Sheffield, S13 9LT

Chesterfield - Bus Garage Approach Road, Stonegravels, Chesterfield, S41 7LF

Rotherham - Mangham Way, Off Mangham Rd, Rotherham, S61 4RL

Barnsley - West Road, Barnsley, S75 2DH

Doncaster - Unit 10 & 11 Heather Court, Shaw Wood Business Park, Shaw Wood Way, Doncaster, DN2 5YL

Click here for the DVSA's directory of practical test centre addresses

Click here to book your practical driving test

To cancel or reschedule your test, you need to give 3 full clear working days notice.  You may reschedule your test up to 10 times (make sure your Driving Instructor is available).  From 1 April 2014, candidates are able to ask for a rebooking at short notice with no charge if they can’t take their test because of a medically certified illness, a bereavement or school exams.  DVSA will also continue to offer a refund or new test date to serving members of the armed forces who are called for duty.


  • Inform your instructor of any pre-test routines you have (smokers may need a cigarette, you may like chocolate, you like to arrive early to think over your test, you may like to arrive 1 minute before the start so you are not waiting around).
  • On your test, don't look at the examiner's assessment sheet.  It will put you off.  Don't worry if your examiner's pen is making marks, he has administration to do, it may not be a driving fault. 
  • Don't forget your documents - you cannot take a test if you cannot present your driving licence photocard.  You may also be asked for your Theory Test Pass Certificate and confirmation of appointment letter/e-mail.
  • Watch test videos, examples of independent driving, safety check questions that are available on DVSA's You Tube page.