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Theory and Practical Driving Tests

Driving Theory and Practical driving lessons Thurrock


Theory test The Theory test:
Understanding the theory and applying hazard perception skills on the road will improve your chances of passing the Theory and Practical tests first time so It's a good idea to begin studying from your first few practical driving lessons. 

Studying with, Automatic Pass School of Motoring you'll get all the support you need from your driving instructor, who can show you how theory applies in reality during your driving lessons. 

The Driving Test - How will you know you're ready?

All of our driving instructors are suitably qualified to teach usually with a great deal of experience.  They all follow The Learning to Drive Guide structure and will recommend that you apply for the practical test, when you can drive consistently well, with confidence and without any help from the instructor.  If you follow this guidance, then you are more likely to be successful - first time. 

Everybody is likely to get driving test nerves or willing to offer advice about tests, examiners and pass rates but remember that this is usually based on hearsay or other people's experiences, not yours.  Listen to your driving instructor and you'll need to understand driving test requirements. 

The current pass rate is typically only 43% and for first time candidates, it's even lower although this varies regionally for each individual test centre

Mock Driving Test

Our driving instructors will invite you to take a mock driving test when they feel that you have reached the appropriate stage with one of our specially trained examiners, somebody that you don't know. 
By taking a mock, you'll be better prepared through having a better awareness of what to expect and realise how well you'll perform under test conditions. 

The Practical Driving Test

There are various test centre in Essex which your instructor will be familiar with, they'll let you know which one is most suitable for you.  Take your instructor's advice about booking to make sure they're available on the day. 

Documents to take on the day mean, your provisional driving licence (a photo-licence or If you have an old-style paper licence, you must take your signed driver licence and a valid passport - no other form of photographic identification will be accepted) and your Theory Test pass certificate.  If you fail to bring these documents your test will be cancelled. 

Booking the test

The cost of the Practical Test for car drivers is currently £62.00 during weekdays or £75.00 for Saturday and weekday evening tests.  If you need to cancel your test for any reason, you'll have to give three working days notice to keep your fee. 

You can book your driving test online with the DVSA.  When you book your test you'll need:

  • Your provisional driving licence
  • Your Theory Test certificate number
  • A debit or credit card for payment
  • Details of your preferred test dates and times
  • Details of any special requirements


To cancel or postpone a booking, notify the DVSA booking office at least three working days before the test, otherwise you will lose your fee. 

Post-test support:

Many people pass a driving test and then leave a large break between driving because of financial or emotional experiences.  We can then offer a Remedial course to suit perhaps to rebuild confidence or provide motorway lesson after you've passed your test. 

For a more complete course which can offer an insurance discount, try a Pass Plus course.  Automatic Pass School of Motoring offers post-test support to all its clients this includes Pass Plus or additional Motorway lessons.