What is a mock driving test?

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Last updated: 12 Nov 2019

Taking a mock driving test is a great way to get yourself prepared for the real thing. Many driving instructors encourage their learners to take a mock driving test a couple of weeks or so before their real driving test, as it helps them to get a feel of what the driving test will be like.

Why should I take a mock driving test?

Once you’re at test standard and you’ve started thinking about taking your driving test, you’ll need to make sure you’re prepared. Whilst you will have learnt everything you need to know in your driving lessons, getting ready for what will happen on the day is also vital.

Knowing what to expect from your driving test can put your nerves at ease and help you to get in the right mindset on the day. The driving instructor you take the mock driving test with will know exactly what happens on the driving test and will, therefore, be able to make it as realistic as possible.

What will happen during my mock driving test?

You will meet the driving instructor and then you’ll go into test conditions. Your driving instructor will most likely have a DL25 driving test report to mark on throughout the mock test. This is the official driving test report which the driving examiner will use on your driving test, so you’ll be able to get a good idea of exactly how you’ll be marked on the day.

Your instructor may ask you to complete an eyesight test and some "show me, tell me" questions before you start the practical part of the driving test. They will then take you through the mock driving test, asking you to complete one or two manoeuvres, the independent driving assessment and possibly an emergency stop.

At the end of your mock driving test

When you’ve finished the mock test and have parked up and secured the vehicle, your driving instructor will tell you whether you’ve passed or failed the mock driving test. If you passed, well done! Your instructor will take you through any minor faults you received and how you can improve for your actual driving test.

If you failed, don’t worry, there’s still time to work on things before your driving test. Take all of the feedback the driving instructor gives you on board, and make sure you work on these things in your driving lessons leading up to your driving test.

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