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.

Are You More Likely to Pass Your Driving Test on Your Second Attempt?

All learner drivers are different. Some pass their driving test the first time around and others need a few more attempts to get it right. While we’d love to see every learner pass straight away, this sadly isn’t possible. If you’re unfortunate enough to have failed on your first attempt, however, you’re not in the minority. The average pass rate for first timers was 46.7% for 2017/18, according to the DVSA. That’s less than half of all learners! So, if you...

Our Top 5 Pass Photos in October

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We know what you’re thinking: how is it the end of another month already?! Seems like only yesterday we were complaining about the heat and now there are Christmas decorations popping up left, right and centre! The nights may be drawing in and it’s a little frosty outside, but we’ve got something that’ll warm your heart and lift your spirits—our top 5 pass photos from October! Yes, our amazing learners have been impressing driving examiners all month and we’ve got...

Our Top 5 Customer Reviews in October

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Hello learner drivers and motoring enthusiasts! We’ve finally hit the end of October—we hope you had a spooky and enjoyable Halloween. With the clocks having turned back, the mornings might not be as dark—but they’re certainly colder. Whilst you might be reluctant to get out of your warm bed, the icy cold winds haven’t stopped learner drivers from passing their tests across the UK. To celebrate this month’s top newly qualified drivers, we’ve compiled our top 5 customer reviews in...

Our Top 5 Customer Reviews in September

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Greetings learner drivers and driving enthusiasts! It’s officially the end of September. You know what that means—we’re waving goodbye to summer and saying hello to autumn. Dreading the dark mornings? Hate the idea of taking driving lessons in the freezing cold? It’s not the end of the world—learners are still passing their test, despite the turn in the weather. In fact, autumn and winter can be the best time of year to learn to drive. Both seasons provide learners with...

Our Top 5 Pass Photos in September

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We’ve reached the end of another month and, with this one, another season. Yes, it’s time to wave goodbye to summer (sob) and say hello to autumn! Don’t fret, though—it’s not all dark mornings and plummeting temperatures. In fact, if you think about it, this time of year provides the exact conditions under which us Brits are designed to thrive. It’s not too hot, it’s not too cold and the sun still makes the odd appearance! Plus, who doesn’t love...

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....