preparing for your driving test

at Liverpool's test Centres

If your taking driving lessons in Liverpool and you’re preparing for a driving Test at either Speke/Norris Green driving test centre’s, it would be a good idea to familiarise yourself with some of the driving test centre’s routes. Understanding the structure of a a test route will give you a good idea of how a driving test will be conducted and hopefully it will also give you a great opportunity to pass your driving test first time !

The Driving test will begin by the examiner introducing themself to you.

He/She will check your driving licence, then they will check your eyesight and ask you a tell question. 

Driving examiner

Practical driving test

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

When I take a Driving test

how long will it last for?

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

When i take a driving test

how will the driving examiner mark the test?

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. 

on a driving test what are the

main reasons why people fail?

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
norris green driving test centre

How many driving test centres are in Liverpool?

There’re two driving test centres in Liverpool. Norris Green’s Test centre is located in north Liverpool. Speke driving test centre is located in south Liverpool. 

Speke driving Test Centre


Norris green Test centre


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.