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.

Driving Test Cancellations—Everything You Need To Know

So, you’re taking that final step towards getting on the road and getting that brand new licence. Congratulations! The only thing in your way now is finishing your driving course and nabbing that perfect practical test date. Unfortunately, most learner drivers are unaware of the long driving test waiting times they can be subjected to. If you’re looking to get your licence fast, these waiting times can be problematic. So, how exactly do you speed up the process? The answer, quite...

How To Appeal A Driving Test

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Taking your driving test—whether it’s your first or fifth attempt—can be a stressful and nerve-wracking experience. As you’d imagine, these feelings are intensified if you’re unfortunate enough to have failed. In most cases, learners know they’re at fault the moment they make a mistake in their practical. In other cases however, learners feel like the examiner is treating them unfairly or misjudging their ability in a discriminatory fashion. This kind of scenario often leads to questions as to whether it’s...

Should I Take My Driving Instructor On My Test?

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If you’re getting ready for your practical test, you’ve probably done a bit of research—looking at what happens on the day of your test and anything else you might need to know. If that’s the case, you might have found out that your driving instructor can accompany you on your driving test. This then begs the question as to whether it’s worth taking your instructor on your test or not. Ultimately, it’s all down to your own personal preferences. To help...

What If I Know I’ve Failed During My Test?

Taking your practical test is a nerve-wracking experience, even for the most confident of drivers. For some, those nerves can turn into negative thoughts that may convince you the test is over before you’ve even made it back to the centre. Never assume you have failed. This kind of thinking serves no purpose but to disrupt your concentration and add to the stress of the situation. Which reminds us, be sure to go through our tips on avoiding test day...

Driving Test Pass Rates by Area

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Everyone learns to drive differently, but we all have the same end goal: passing the practical test. In an ideal world, we’d all have the same chance of passing, regardless of any external factors. However, in reality, it’s not quite so simple. We’ve all seen plenty of articles online and in newspapers covering where it’s easiest (or hardest) to pass your test. But what’s the pass rate like in your local area? In this article we’ll provide a comprehensive rundown of...

December Driving Examiner Strike

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Driving examiners in the UK are planning a 48-hour strike on December 4th and 5th. This strike action could see up to 2,000 examiners walk out in protest. With a large 84% of examiners in the Public and Commercial Service (PCS) union voting in favour of the strike, there’s the possibility of thousands of practical tests being cancelled as a result. If you’ve been keeping track of our blog, you’ll notice that the strike coincides with the December test changes—something...

Weekend Driving Tests

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When booking your practical driving test there are a few factors to consider: location, day of the week and time. Now, when we say consider, you may not actually have much of a choice in these matters—test centres aren’t exactly known for their flexibility! Test location is usually determined by where you live or the area in which you had your lessons. This may seem like a no-brainer, but it’s always best to stick to roads that you are familiar...

Greater Manchester Driving Test Centres: Your Essential Guide

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From our office in MediaCityUK, Salford, we’ve been transforming driving since 2015. The result: hundreds of learners in Greater Manchester have already passed with us. Within that impressive statistic is a wealth of individual stories; we collated just a few in our top 10 favourite pass photos. But every story needs a setting, and in these cases, it was at one of Greater Manchester’s driving test centres. In this guide, we’ll run through each of those test centres, to give...

New Driving Test: Will the Pass Rate Go Up or Down?

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Major changes to the UK practical driving test have been in the works for a number of years. We first heard of the potential changes back in November 2014; now, they are finally are a reality for a new generation of candidates. It’s hard to argue with the DVSA’s rationale for the changes. The new test aims to reduce the number of deaths from road collisions, which is particularly high amongst young people. It also wants to ensure drivers are...

Our 10 Favourite Customer Reviews

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When our pupils have finished a course, they often leave a review on Google or social media, telling us how they felt about the process. This is not only helpful for potential pupils to get a feel for the company, but is also extremely useful for us here at PassMeFast. Positive or negative, we always look to the feedback to improve our service. It was tough narrowing down all of the reviews* we’ve ever received to our top 10. But...