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Since the introduction of the theory test it has made it sometimes impractical to learn to drive in a week and as such, it can take longer if a course has being chosen that requires the theory test to be included. This can be overcome by passing the theory test in advance to taking most if your lessons in the week(s) leading to your test.

The Test. You may apply for a driving test when you have passed your theory (weekday cost 62.00) The L-Driving Test is used to test your driving ability in a range of different situations from basic pulling away to dealing with dual carriageways and manoeuvres. The test is criterion referenced and means that the examiner marks you on his preset criteria. If you meet the criteria you pass, if you fail to meet the criteria you may fail. When you arrive at the test centre with your instructor you should have with you your Provisional License, Suitable ID if you have not got a photo license. Your theory test pass certificate. When the examiner shouts your name he asks you for your documents and asks you to read and sign an insurance declaration. You then go out to your car where he will stop you and ask you to read a number plate at 20.5 metres. If you read this you get into your car while he checks the car for legal tyres and tax. You are requested to follow the road ahead at all times unless signs or markings tell you otherwise, then you will drive off. The test will last up to 42 minutes and will include two of the three manoeuvres. When you finish your test he/she will tell you how you have done and give some feedback on your drive. You are marked at three levels of fault. A basic driving fault which by itself does not because you to fail. However if you were to make more than 15 of these minor driving faults you would fail. You can fail on a serious fault which is marked on your sheet under the S box (One X and you fail). This is usually related to driving in a particularly serious way that is technically wrong or could be potentially dangerous. The final type of fault is a dangerous fault (D), this type of fault normally causes some type of danger to yourself or another road user. This type of fault may also cause the examiner to have to intervene to prevent an accident. All being well and you pass the examiner will again ask to see your documents and proceed to fill in your pass certificate. Remember when you get your pass certificate to send it off for your full driving license at the earliest convenience..