Theory & Practical Test Information

Below you will find information about your theory test, your practical driving test and the Pass Plus driving course that we offer.  Simply click on the tabs below.  If you have any questions at all please call or text us on 07883 029 181or you can email us at hello@altrinchamdrivingschool.co.uk.

theorytestAs a learner driver you must take and pass your theory test before you book your practical test. The theory is made up of two parts; the multiple choice part and the hazard perception part. Both parts must be passed in order to pass the test.

Part 1 – Theory Test (multiple choice)

This part of the test is delivered using a touch screen computer. Before the test begins you will be given instructions on how the test works. For cars and motorcycles you’ll be asked 50 questions in 57 minutes and the minimum pass mark is 43 OUT OF 50.

Part 2 – Hazard Perception

You will be shown a short tutorial video clip about how the hazard perception parts work. This part of the test is also delivered on a computer screen but you respond by clicking a button on the mouse. There are 14 CLIPS in total where there’ll be at least one developing hazard, although be aware that one clip will feature two developing hazards. Clicking early when a hazard first develops will score highest. The pass mark for the hazard perception is 44 OUT OF 75. It is important you prepare properly for your test. At Altrincham Driving School you can enjoy free, exclusive access to Theory Test Pro, a comprehensive online assessment centre. Learners who use Theory Test Pro are twice as likely to pass than the national average.  Click here for Terms & Conditions.

For further information or to book your theory test just visit https://www.gov.uk/book-a-driving-theory-test.   The current theory test cost is £31.

practicaltestBooking The Test

You can book your test online at https://www.gov.uk/book-practical-driving-test

When booking online you will need:

* a valid uk driving licence
* a theory test certificate number
* a valid debit or credit card for payment

Alternatively you can book your test by phone on 0300 200 1122.

The test currently costs £62.00 (weekday) or £75.00 (weekend). You need to give 3 clear working days notice in order to change or cancel the test online or by phone.

Taking The Driving Test

The driving exam will last approximately 40 minutes. At the start of the test you will have an eyesight check. Your examiner will ask you to read the number plate on a stationary vehicle approximately 20 metres away (failure to do this will result in the test being cancelled). You will then be asked some vehicle safety questions. .

These questions are designed to get you thinking about the very basic safety checks that you should be carrying out in order to ensure your vehicle is safe. Some of the questions involve you having to lift the bonnet to identify where various fluid levels are located.

Pupils are usually asked 2 questions. An incorrect answer will result in one driving fault being recorded. Your instrctor will go through all the questions prior to the test.

Click here for the full list of vehicle safety questions (show me/tell me).

During the exam you will be expected to demonstrate a safe standard of driving, including when you are carrying out the manoeuvres.

For further information please consult your instructor or go to https://www.gov.uk/browse/driving/learning-to-drive

passpluscharacterCongratulations! You’ve passed your test, you are now safe to drive on the roads unaccompanied. But you must remember that you are an inexperienced driver.

This is where Pass Plus comes in.

WHAT IS PASS PLUS?

Pass Plus is an additional training course specifically aimed at new drivers, designed by the DSA with the help of insurers and the driving instruction industry. Statistics show that new drivers are more likely to have an accident in the first 2 years of passing their test due to a lack of driving experience.

What Pass Plus aims to do is to build upon the driving skills and knowledge already gained by students during their lessons to make them safer and more responsible drivers.

WHAT DOES PASS PLUS COVER?

Pass Plus is made up of 6 modules:-

Module 1 – Town driving

Driving in a city centre can be daunting; Whether it be rush hour traffic, complicated junctions or traffic systems you will learn the skills to handle these competently.

Module 2 – All-weather driving

Rain, bright sunshine, fog, snow and ice – learn how to drive safely when faced with a variety of different weather conditions.

Module 3 – On rural roads

Learn how to deal with the various hazards found on country roads. These can vary from sharp bends and potholes to coping with large farm vehicles or even animals in the road!

Module 4 – Driving at night

During this module you will learn how to deal with all the essential aspects of driving in the dark. Topics covered include judging speed and distance, the correct use of headlights and dealing with dazzle.

Module 5 – Driving on dual carriageways

We will teach you how to use all your skills of observation, concentration, anticipation and lane discipline to drive safely on fast, multi lane roads.

Module 6 – Driving on motorways

A motorway can be a hostile and frightening environment if you have just passed your test. This module will teach you all the necessary skills you require to drive safely on motorways.

IS THERE A TEST?

There is no test at the end of your Pass Plus course. Your driving will be continually assessed and you must successfully complete all the modules on the course to an achieved or exceeded standard.

*Achieved – successfully reaches the standard required for each of the competencies
*Exceeded – exceeds the required standard for each of the competencies..

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS TO PASS PLUS?

As we explained earlier, the emphasis is on safety. Pass Plus will give you extra valuable driving experience under expert tuition. The course will help boost your awareness of all kinds of hazards and help you learn how to anticipate, plan for and deal with them safely, thus reducing the chances of you being involved in an accident.

Pass Plus is an official government scheme, introduced to cut the number of fatal and serious accidents on british roads. To encourage more new drivers to participate in the Pass Plus scheme, the government has negotiated generous discounts for motor insurance.

Reductions as great as 30% can be obtained off the 1st years insurance policy, so not only will the course make you a safer driver but it will also save you money too!
(On completion of the course your instructor will advise you as to which insurance companies support the scheme.)

HOW MUCH DOES PASS PLUS COST?

The course is a minimum of 6 hours and costs £168.  Click here to buy your Pass Plus Course online with Altrincham Driving School.