Practical Driving Test


Booking your Driving Test

The easiest way to book your test is to do it online.

  • Very Important! The link above is to the official DVSA Booking Service.  Please use this link as there are other websites that provide a booking service but if you use these you will be paying more for the test and they will not give you any earlier dates they may have advertised. 
  • Tests can also be booked by phone on 0300 200 1122 between 8.00am and 12.00 noon, Monday to Friday.

Your practical driving test consists of two parts the Show me/Tell me section and the Practical Driving aspect of the driving test.

Show me/Tell me:
You will be asked two questions on basic car maintenance in which you will have to either "show" the examiner while driving, what they ask of you and answer the "tell me" question the examiner gives to you at the begining of the test. 

For this aspect of the test a question and answer page is on this website to help you in understanding the basic necessities of car safety and what is required of you on the practical test.
We will cover them on lessons to help you understand everything.

Practical Driving:
Your driving test will be carried out at a local driving test centre, by a DVSA (Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency) examiner in the instructors car. 
Tests usually last around forty minutes, in which you will be asked to perform one maneuver out of a selection of four; parallel parking, reverse bay parking, forward bay parking and parking on the right. You may also be asked to perform an emergency stop, which will be at the examiners discretion.

You'll also be asked to drive independently following signs or a Sat Nav. This usually lasts for around 20 minutes.



This link takes you to the latest DVSA videos on theory and driving tests;

theory and practical tests for car drivers


DVSA Test Centeres used by 1st London Driving Academy are; Belvedere & Erith.

The examiners job? See this link for full info;

Taking someone with you on your driving test

As of April the 6th 2010, DVSA (Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency) examiner will ask all candidates if they would like their instructor or friend to join them on their driving test.  They must be over 16 years old and cannot take any part in the test.

The person who goes with you will be able to see how you perform during the test. To get the most benefit from this, it would be sensible to ask your instructor to go with you. I sit in on all of the tests my clients take and have done so since 2005.


Are you afraid, nervous or even petrified of your test? TFT or Though Field Therapy can help you with many phobias, fears and anxieties INSTANTLY.

All pupils of 1st London Driving Academy have an option to use TFT, free of charge to alleviate any anxiety or fear they may have relating to the driving test.



    Safe driving for life?
    I do not believe that learning to drive is done after passing your test.
    We train you to become SAFE drivers before you go for your test, and we hope that your driving and attitude towards driving will be maintained to the same high standards that you were taught.

    After all, when you were learning you saw what people do. So let us follow only the good examples of attitude, courtesy, consideration and above all anticipation of other road users. Lets gain experience in safe driving for life. If that was still not too convincing, the link to this site will show you people that learned by costly errors. I hope it will give everyone the perspective of not trying to become one of those statistics.