Practical Test

Your Local Driving Test Centres

Bangor MPTC
Rear of Unit 1,
Llandygai Industrial Estate,
LL57 4HR
Rhyl Test Centre
Victoria Road
LL18 2EL

Practical Car Test

The driving test is straightforward and has been designed to see if you:

  • can drive safely in different road and traffic conditions
  • know The Highway Code and can demonstrate this through your driving

You need to arrive at least 10 minutes before your test is due to start, this will help calm your nerves.

Make sure you have both parts of your Provisional licence and your theory certificate with you – the examiner will ask to see them.

Firstly you will meet your examiner, he will then carry out an eyesight check – if you fail this, your test will not continue.

Your examiner will then ask you two questions about carrying out vehicle safety   checks.

You’ll be asked one ‘show me’ and one ‘tell me’ question. One or both questions answered incorrectly will result in one driving fault being recorded.


The driving part of your test will last about 40 minutes during which you will be examined on your general driving and ability to reverse your vehicle safely. One exercise will be chosen from:

  • reversing around a corner
  • turning in the road
  • reverse parking

You may also be asked to carry out an emergency stop exercise.

Throughout the test you should drive in the way your instructor has taught you. If you make a mistake, don’t worry about it as it might be a less serious driving fault and may not affect your result. However, if at any time your examiner considers your driving to be a danger to other road users your test will be stopped.

Your practical driving test will include approximately ten minutes of independent driving. This is designed to assess your ability to drive safely while making decisions independently.

Take someone with you:

The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) encourages you to take someone with you on your driving test. They:

  • will usually be the person who has taught you to drive
  • could be a relative or friend
  • must be over 16 years old
  • cannot take any part in the test
  • will be able to see how you perform during the test

To get the most benefit, ask your instructor to go with you. They can then give you advice on how to improve your driving, whether you pass or fail.

The examiner’s supervisor may come along as well. You shouldn’t be concerned about this as they will be watching the examiner’s performance, not yours. The supervisor will not have a say in how you are tested or in your result. If you don’t allow the examiner’s supervisor to go with you, you might lose your test fee and your test might not go ahead.

When the driving test has ended, you can call your instructor over if they didn’t go with you on your test. This is so they can listen to the result and feedback with you. The examiner will tell you whether you passed or failed and will explain how you did during the test.

You can take another practical test ten working days after a failed car test.