After the Test.


After the Practical Driving Test.

After the test the examiner will give you your result.

If you are successful, the examiner will issue you with a pass certificate, which acts as a temporary full licence. He/she will take your provisional licence from you. This will be sent to the DVLA, who will issue you with your full licence, free of charge, which you should normally receive through the post within 14 days.

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At this point you may want to consider doing a Pass Plus course, which gives new drivers extra valuable driving experience on various types of roads (e.g. motorways), as well as helping to reduce insurance costs with select car insurance companies. The Pass Plus section has full details of the course content and the insurance benefits of the course.

Unsuccessful?

If you are unsuccessful, then after the test the examiner will issue you with a 'Statement of Failure' Form DL25C. This form details the minor, serious and/or dangerous faults that were committed on the test. The examiner will ask if you wish your instructor present for the debrief(recommended), and then proceed to discuss, and advise on, the areas of failure.


At this time, it is very important to continue to take your lessons. There is often a false perception that to be ready for test means that you don't need any more lessons - you can drive now. You just need to pass the test, but you can drive now. Can't you?

This is not so. You're not classed as able to drive until you've actually passed your test.


Driving is a skill that, without regular practice, becomes stilted, unfocussed and haphazard. It is regular and consistent practice that develops smooth, focussed, safe driving skills. If an exam were failed at school, college or university, most people wouldn't dream of re-sitting the exam without studying before the re-sit. After the test, taking regular and consistent lessons in preparation for your next test, is a learners way of studying in between driving tests.

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As a learner, there is very little opportunity to gain the practice necessary to develop your driving skills, but an hour a week under instruction to keep those skills focussed, smooth and real, is a vital hour and should not be missed. Your instructor can then focus, after the test, on correcting your weaker skills and fine-tuning other areas.


You're learning a skill for life and you're, hopefully, going to have your licence a long time. Those few extra lessons can mean the difference between passing the test when it comes up, and repeated fails because of erratic driving skills and a lack of consistency to your driving, due to lack of practice. Once you pass your test, then you're driving regularly, and it's this consistent, regular driving practice that improves your skills as a qualified driver. Until then, your lessons are important. In the long run, it's false economy if you miss them.


It would be an idea to have a read at our next page. It's a page that goes over the most commons reasons why learners fail the driving test, and can be a useful read before you sit your driving test. If you've been unfortunate enough to fail a driving test, have a read. It may be that you've failed on one of the areas that a lot of learners to fail on, and this page could be of help as a guide to enable you to identify, address and improve areas of your own driving with help from your instructor.

We hope this page has been of help to you. If you have any queries, please contact us . We'd be happy to help.




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