start of the Driving Test

If your taking a driving test in Liverpool and your not totally sure what will happen on the day of your test. Don’t worry ! Below is a detailed guide to help you feel totally prepared for the big day. 

Driving examiner

The examiner will introduce them self to you. He/She will check your driving licence, then they will check your eyesight and ask you a tell question. 

What am I tested on?

You’ll be tested on these 5 steps:

  1. Eyesight
  2. ‘Show me, tell me’ – vehicle safety questions
  3. Driving ability
  4. One reversing manoeuvre
  5. Independent driving

How long does the Driving Test last?

Normally around 40 minutes. If you’re taking an extended driving test, this will last 70 minutes.

How does the examiner mark the test

driving examiners marking i pad

During the practical test the examiner will note any driving faults on the driving test report form (DL25). The driving faults are categorised into minor, serious and dangerous in the appropriate box. An automatic fail, would be a rseult of one isolated serious or dangerous fault and also cumulative of minor faults. Anymore than 15, will be an automatic fail too.  

What causes people to fail their driving Test?

Below we have listed the top 10 faults recorded, of all driving tests taken in the UK in the last year. 

  1. Observations at junctions
  2. Mirrors when changing direction
  3. Steering control
  4. Junctions turning right
  5. Move off safely
  6. Response to traffic lights
  7. Move off control
  8. Position normal driving
  9. Response to road signs and road markings
  10. Parallel parking, control.


Automatic v manual driving lessons

Whats the difference between an automatic and a manual driving test

The testing criteria is exactly the same for both. The only difference is post test if you pass in an automatic, your licence will be restricted, so you’ll only be able to drive automatics. 

Is it easier to pass your driving test in an automatic


According to the stats, you’ll have a better chance of passing your driving test in a manual car. 

Driving Test Centres in Liverpool

We cover both Driving Test centres in Liverpool, which are both listed below.

Speke Driving Test Centre - Liverpool

  • Unit 3 Dakota Business Park Skyhawk Avenue Speke Liverpool Merseyside L19 2QR
  • 03002001122
  • Parking Available
  • Toilets available
  • Testing available: Cat B. ADI part 2. ADI part 3.
  • Cat B Pass rate 43%

Norris Green Driving Test Centrel

  • Search Results Falklands Approach, Liverpool L11 5BR
  • 0151 256 7130
  • Parking Available
  • Toilets available
  • Testing available: Cat B. ADI part 2. ADI part 3.
  • Cat B Pass rate 32.5%

Top tips to help you pass first time

Below we’ve listed what we would regard as our 4 key steps. By following the steps correctly should give you a realistic chance of passing your driving test on the first attempt.


is 'fail to prepare, prepare to fail.' Unfortunately a large % of test fails are simply because candidates have taken a test before they should have.


Test routes shouldn't be manipulated. However, we would recommend to get plenty of practice in the area you take your driving test, as there may be junctions that are bespoke to the area they're located.


What a driving test entails. A test can feel a little alien to a driving lesson. We recommend taking Mock tests to gain an understanding of how you will perform.


Your nerves and how you manage them can play a big part in the outcome of your Driving Test. Try to understand your own nerves and work on calming strategies to manage them effectively.