Test Info

As far as we are aware no other driving school uses the test marking sheet from the very beginning to help you understand how your lessons relate to the test.

From the very beginning we introduce you to the test marking sheet so you know what the examiner expects you to do.

If you already have experience of driving, print off the first sheet below and rate yourself with marks out of twenty for each skill (11/20 can be good enough to pass a test). This can give an idea of how close to being ready for a test you are.

Marking sheet for the Test
Driving Test Report Form DL25 .pdf

The marking sheet explanation
Driving Test Report Form Explained DL25D.pdf

Here at Road and Track have put these two together to make them easy to go through.
Understanding what the examiner wants to see , how that relates to safe driving and how that in turn relates to the test is the foundation of all our road driver training.

AREA EXAMINED Detail What the examiner is looking for.
1a Eyesight   The examiner will first ask you to read a vehicle registration number. If glasses or contact lenses are required, you must wear them whenever you drive. Should you fail this the test will not go ahead as your eyesight will be deemed to be of insufficient standard.
1b Highway Code,
  This section does not apply to the standard or extended car tests.
2 Controlled Stop Promptness,
This was formerly known as the emergency stop. You will need to bring the car to a halt briskly without skidding.
3 Reverse Left Control,
You will be asked to reverse into a road on the left, staying reasonably close to the kerb. You must make good effective all round observation throughout the manoeuvre and show consideration
to other road users.
4 Reverse Right Control,
This is for van drivers, who have to reverse into a road on the right rather than on the left as in number 3 above
5 Reverse Park Control,
The reverse park is either done into a parking bay at the test centre at the beginning or end of the test. Alternatively it is done at some point during the test next to the kerb having pulled up alongside a car, when directed by the examiner. You will need to show good car control and that you are aware of any other road users and take appropriate action.
6 Turn in Road Control,
You will need to be able to control the car accurately in forward and reverse gears, leaving the road free to traffic where possible and display the observation skills necessary to carry out this exercise safely with awareness of pedestrians and other road users.
7 Vehicle Checks   You will need a basic knowledge of the fundamental safety checks applicable to your vehicle. These are also known as the ‘Show me,tell me questions’
8 Taxi Manoeuvre
This is specific to taxi tests.
9 Taxi Wheelchair
  This is also specific to taxi tests.
10 Uncouple,
  This is specific to vehicles with trailers.
11 Precautions   Before you start the engine make sure that you are comfortably seated with your seat belt secured and that all controls can be safely operated.
12 Control Accelerator
Parking Brake
Throughout the test the examiner will be checking your use of the controls to ensure that it is not potentially damaging or dangerous. Use the vehicle controls smoothly.
Make correct use of the accelerator and clutch to enable a smooth take up of power. Always depress the clutch before you stop.
Select the correct gear to match the road and traffic conditions.
Change gear at the correct time so that the vehicle does not jolt.
Never allow the vehicle to coast by running on in neutral. Do not have the clutch depressed unless it is necessary for smooth control of the vehicle.         Keep your eyes on the road when changing gear.Use the footbrake smoothly and progressively. Brake gently in good time for any hazard. Use the parking brake to prevent the vehicle rolling backwards or forwards if necessary, and to secure it if you are parking.
Steer the vehicle smoothly. Time your steering correctly as otherwise you may  hit the kerb or swing towards another road user.
13 Move Off Safety
Make sure you always move away smoothly and safely. You will be expected to do this on a slope and from behind a parked car as well as on a clear flat road. You must only move once you have checked all round to see that your actions are not affecting others.
14 Use of Mirrors Signalling
Change direction
Change speed
Use the appropriate mirrors in good time  whenever you see a hazard. You must check carefully before signalling, changing direction or changing speed. Use the Mirrors Signal Manoeuvre (MSM) routine effectively.
15 Signals Necessary
You must signal clearly to make others aware of your intentions. Signal in good time and ensure that it is cancelled once the manoeuvre is completed.
You should only use the signals shown in the Highway Code if it would help other road users (including pedestrians).  Never beckon to pedestrians to cross the road.
16 Clearance   Allow sufficient of room to pass stationary vehicles, obstructions and be prepared to slow down or stop.
17 Response to signs Traffic signs
Road markings
Traffic Lights
Traffic Controllers
You need to see, understand and react as necessary to all traffic signs and road markings. At traffic lights,  you should check that the road is clear before proceeding when the green
light shows. Obey any signals given by police officers, school crossing patrols and traffic wardens. Act with caution to signals given by other road users and especially to those given by people in charge of animals.
18 Use of Speed   Always make sure that you can stop gently and safely, well within the distance you can see to be clear. Stay within the speed limits.
Remember, as a new driver, your licence will be revoked if you accrue six or more penalty points during the first two years, and you will have to retake and pass both theory and practical tests.
19 Following Distance   Always keep a safe distance behind other vehicles. Increase you distance in adverse conditions. In traffic queues leave enough space for others to cross the queue. When stopped leave room to pull out if the vehicle in front has problems.
20 Progress Appropriate speed
Undue Hesitation
You must show that you can drive at a realistic speed appropriate to the road and traffic conditions. If there is no traffic ahead you should aim to get toward the legal limit for the road if it is safe to do so. You should approach all hazards with the ability to stop in good time, without being too cautious. Always be ready to move away from junctions as soon as it is safe and correct to do so. Driving too slowly may create dangers for yourself due to other drivers wanting to make progress and perhaps overtaking or following too close.
21 Junctions
(including roundabouts)
Approach speed
Turning Right
Turning Left
Cutting Corners
You should be able to judge the correct speed of approach so that you can enter a junction safely and come to a complete stop if necessary.
Position your vehicle correctly. Use the correct lane. If you are turning right, only keep as near to the centre of the road as is necessary.
Make sure that when turning right you will allow the free passage of traffic from the right. If turning left do not swing out. Watch out for cyclists and motorcyclists coming up on your left and pedestrians who are crossing. You must make sure it is safe before moving into a junction and proceeding.
22 Judgment Overtaking
Only overtake when it is safe. Allow sufficient space when you are overtaking another vehicle. Cyclists and motorcyclists need as much space as other vehicles as they can wobble or swerve suddenly. Do not cut in quickly after overtaking. Take care when the width of the road is restricted or when the road narrows. If it is not safe for two vehicles to pass safely, be prepared to wait and let the approaching vehicles through. When you cross the path of an approaching vehicle, make sure you can do so safely. Other vehicles should not have to slow down or swerve to allow you to proceed.
23 Positioning Normal driving
Lane discipline
You should position the vehicle about half a car’s width from the left hand side of your lane. Leave the same amount of clearance to parked vehicles and position correctly for the direction that you intend to take. Where lanes are marked, keep to the middle of the lane and avoid straddling lane markings. Do not change lanes unnecessarily.
24 Pedestrian crossings   You should be able to recognise the different types of pedestrian crossing and show courtesy and consideration towards pedestrians.
At all crossings you should slow down and stop if there is anyone on the crossing. At zebra crossings you should slow down and be prepared to stop if there is anyone who may cross. Give way to any pedestrians on a traffic light controlled crossing.
25 Position,
normal stops
  Choose a safe, legal and convenient place to stop, close to the edge of the road, where you will not obstruct the road and create a hazard. You should know how and where to stop without causing danger to other road users.
26 Awareness/planning   You must be aware of other road users at all times. You should always think and plan ahead so you can judge what other road users are going to do, predict how their actions might affect you and react in good time. In short, always expect the unexpected and be able to stop easily. Take particular care to consider the actions of the more vulnerable groups of road users such as pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists and horse riders. Anticipate road and traffic conditions, and act in good time, rather than reacting to them at the last moment.
27 Ancillary controls   You should be able of all the controls and switches that have a bearing on road safety including lights, indicators, windscreen wipers and washers, heaters and demisters. You should be able to find these controls and operate them without looking.