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.

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

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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....

Which Test Centres Had the Best and Worst Pass Rates in 2017/18?

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Here at PassMeFast, we’re firm believers that your test results come down to you—not the stats. Nonetheless, road conditions—and, thus, test conditions—do vary across the country. It’s for this reason that many of us wonder where our local area stands in comparison to others. But where exactly are the best and worst test centre pass rates? The answer, in fact, changes all the time. Old test centres close down each year, making way for new ones. Meanwhile, existing test centres with a...

Our Top 5 Customer Reviews in July

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As a leading driving school, PassMeFast helps thousands of learners to pass their driving test each year. We take great pride in seeing the roster of PassMeFast alumni grow each month—and we’re pleased to report that July was no exception. To celebrate this, we wanted to highlight some of this month’s star performers and share what they had to say about their PassMeFast experiences. Their reviews stand as a testament to the hard work that learners and instructors put in. Without...

Do I Need to Take My Theory Test Certificate to My Practical Driving Test?

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It’s the morning of your driving test. The big day you’ve been preparing for since you first parked your bum in that driver’s seat. You’ve consumed a hearty breakfast, dressed in your finest comfy-yet-practical attire and your instructor has just arrived to take you to the test centre. You set off, armed with your provisional licence and a positive mindset. You’re good to go! …Right? Well, according to the DVSA’s test day checklist, not quite. The official guidelines state that,...