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KEITH RAXTER    

DRIVING INSTRUCTOR


Theory Test

Booking a Theory Test - With test centres all over the country it couldn't be easier to book a test. Simply call 03002001122 or go online. (Go to 'how do I get started?' page for a link) Just remember to keep these handy when you book:

  • Your provisional driving licence
  • A debit or credit card for payment
  • Details of any special requirements

The standard cost of the Theory test is £31.

Go to the 'How do I get started' page for a link to the DSA website so Keith Raxter can start giving you driving lessons soon

Registering for your test – When you arrive at the test centre, you'll need to register so don't forget your provisional driving licence and proof of ID. Your booking letter will also tell you what to take. You'll then be shown to a booth with a computer that's ready for your test.

Official DSA car theory test - Are you ready? (part 1 of 5)

The official DSA step-by-step guide to make sure you're ready to pass the car theory test. Find out what to expect from the multiple choice questions and the hazard perception part of the test.

The Theory Test is straight forward enough if you put in plenty of revision. As soon as you start driving lessons with Keith Raxter why not book your Theory Test for three months time. You don't need to have taken your Theory Test to begin driving lessons.

Multiple choice questions – In the booth, you'll find instructions on how to use the computer. You can even do a 15-minute practice test to get used to it. For the actual test, you'll have a maximum of 57 minutes unless you have a special requirement.

To pass, you'll need to get 43 out of 50 answers correct. All the questions are multiple choice and you touch the screen to choose the answers you want.

Hazard perception test - The hazard perception section of the test will begin automatically after the multiple choice. A tutorial video will show what you need to do.

The test itself is made up of 14 minute-long video clips featuring various hazards. You respond by clicking the mouse to avoid the hazards – the faster you respond, the higher your score. You'll see 15 in total, each with a maximum of five marks. For car drivers you'll need to get 44 questions right out of a possible 75.

Use the following link to see Hazard Perception instruction....Then get your driving instructor to play the Hazard Perception game!

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Getting your results – After the test, you go back to the waiting room and they'll bring your results through. You'll need to pass both bits of the test in the same session to pass your Theory test. If you pass the Theory, you'll need to pass the Practical test within two years to get a driving licence. Oh, and don't forget to let your driving instructor know how you got on!

Practical Test

What Next ? - Once you've passed your theory test, your driving instructor will tell you how ready you are for your Driving Test. Naturally, we want you to pass first time. So here are a few tips to give you that extra edge.

Booking your driving test

When booking check with your driving instructor that they're available on the day and give yourself three hours for a warm-up lesson, the test itself and the journey home. Call 03002001122 or go on line to the DSA website

When you book your test you'll need:

  • Your provisional driving licence
  • Your Theory test certificate number
  • A debit or credit card for payment
  • Your preferred dates and times for the test
  • Details of any special requirements such as an interpreter

The Practical test for car drivers costs £62.00 during weekdays or £75.00 for Saturday and weekday evening tests. After about two weeks, you'll get your test appointment letter.

You can cancel your test for any reason, but you'll need to give ten working days' notice to keep your fee. The Practical test can be rearranged up to three times before it's automatically refunded.

Practice - I recommend plenty of practice between lessons if possible. Ask your driving instructor which manoeuvres you should run through; and remember, if you're practising with friends or family; make sure you're covered on their car insurance policy.

Take a mock Practical test during your driving lessons to get a feel for the pressure of driving test day!

You do need to have passed your Theory Test before you can book your Driving Test. Why not click on Keith Raxters' 'On Test Day' page for tips in dealing with Test Day nerves!

Top 10 things to look out for -

The DSA (Driving Standards Agency) regularly publish the top 10 reasons why learners fail their Practical Test. To maximise your chances of passing first time, here are some of the big things to look out for:

  • Look carefully to judge when best to come out of side roads
  • Use the controls correctly and demonstrate good observation when reverse parking
  • Use the mirrors effectively long before you change direction or slow down
  • Use the controls correctly and demonstrate good observation when reversing round a corner
  • Use signals correctly, including how to cancel them and not give misleading ones
  • Move away correctly from stationary positions, including good observation
  • Use the correct road position, particularly on bends, and show good lane discipline on roundabouts
  • Have good steering control, when making left or right turns for example
  • Get in the correct position when turning right
  • Don't hesitate or cause delay. Always pull out promptly at junctions.