Practical Test

When you’re learning to drive, all of the skills that you gain help you to build up to one thing: the practical test. For most learner drivers, this is, understandably, a nervous experience—after all, it’s the last thing standing between you and the open road. But remember: although the test is nerve-wracking, it’s far from impossible. In this section, we’ve compiled some handy tips and useful advice to help you stay positive, keep your focus, and gain an extra edge ready for your test. We’ll also provide you with the latest updates you need to know about all things related to practical tests—helping you stay prepared.

Our Top 5 Pass Photos in August

Collage of August's top pass photos

Welcome back to another rundown of our top 5 pass photos of the month! August has been a bit of a funny one—started with sweltering heat and then descended into the unpredictable rain showers we’ve come to know and love. We don’t appreciate what we have until it’s gone, eh? Oh well, all of that sunshine was getting rather suspicious… Anyway! Through rain and shine, the PassMeFast students have been out on the road doing us proud. The back-to-school vibe...

Our Top 5 Customer Reviews in August

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Greetings learner drivers and driving enthusiasts! It’s the end of the month, so you know what that means—we’re back with a new edition of our favourite customer reviews. While you were busy trying to enjoy the last dregs of the hot weather, learner drivers across the UK were flexing their newfound driving skills and passing their practical test. To celebrate this month’s top performers, we’ve picked out our top 5 customer reviews in August. Take a look below to read...

A Look at Driving Tests in Europe

Here at the PassMeFast Blog, we’ve written enough on the UK driving test to fill a short novella. With the summer holidays here, though, we find our minds wandering away from our island’s shores and towards the continent. What are driving tests in Europe really like? In this article, we’ll compare what the process of learning to drive looks like across several European countries. You might find yourself wishing you could up sticks—or maybe thanking your lucky stars that you...

Liverpool Test Centre Closures

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If you keep up with PassMeFast news, you’ll be all too aware of how often the DVSA has to shut down test centres—or open new ones to keep up with long waiting times and examiner shortages. This month, the DVSA has closed two local test centres in the Liverpool area. Fortunately, as the saying goes: when one door closes, another one opens. A new test centre is due to open on Monday, so learners will be able to book their...

What to Do if You Fail the Practical Test

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You know what’s worse than those nerve-wracking minutes spent hovering in the practical test centre, waiting for an examiner to approach you and tell you ‘it’s time’? The moment you’re told you’ve failed the test. Followed closely by the (seemingly) long, sad drive back to your house. Yep, we’re not here to sugarcoat—it’s a pretty crappy feeling. The thing is, it’s also a feeling that just over half of the people who learn to drive will experience at least once....

Top 5 Driving Test Myths Debunked

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No matter whether your practical test is months away or right around the corner, we’re willing to bet that you’ve heard plenty about it. In fact, everyone seems to have an opinion, a “fact” or a horror story to share. Unfortunately, not everything they say is completely accurate. Driving test myths abound—and while you might think it’s easy to separate the fact from the fiction, some stories have become so prevalent that it’s not always as simple as you might hope....

Manual vs Automatic Pass Rates: 2017/18

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One of the key choices any driver must make is between manual or automatic transmission. There are varied arguments for both options: manual fans love the interactive nature of the driving experience, while auto drivers are thankful they don’t have to deal with constant gear changes. For a learner, however, one factor may come to the fore: which am I more likely to pass in? Are automatic pass rates best, or should you stick to manual? With most people perceiving...

Nottinghamshire Driving Test Centres: Your Essential Guide

Nottinghamshire county sign (Bassetlaw district)

As PassMeFast has grown, we’ve endeavoured to learn everything there is to know about the areas we cover across the UK. In pursuit of this, we’ve assembled Essential Guides on each county’s test centres. In this guide, we focus on the five Nottinghamshire driving test centres. This county boasts no fewer than five test centres, three of which lie in close proximity to the county’s major city of Nottingham. Each test centre, however, offers a unique set of challenges to the...

Why Does the DVSA Cancel Driving Tests? Top Reasons in 2017/18

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Anyone who’s ever received a cancellation email from the DVSA will know the sinking feeling it brings. You’ve put in so much hard work, prepared for your driving test and gone through some serious nerves—all for your driving dreams to be put on hold. Unfortunately, this isn’t a rare event. In fact, cancelled driving tests are an unfortunate reality for thousands of learners every year. In 2017/18, the DVSA cancelled more tests than in any year since 2010/11: almost 100,000. But...

Our Top 5 Pass Photos in July

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Greetings driving enthusiasts! Yep, it’s that time again—we’re back with another round-up of our favourite pass photos. In the month that saw British people collectively cave in and admit that, come on, we appreciate a bit of sun but it’s a bit TOO HOT now thank you very much, some people still managed to pass their driving test! We’re not sure how they did it, to be honest—we’ve barely been able to muster the strength to refill the ice trays....