The practical test of driving ability lasts for about one hour and consists of:
You are allowed only 3 attempts to pass the part 2 test. If unsuccessful - candidates must wait until 2 years after the date that they passed the theory test before starting the whole process again.
When you arrive at the test centre you will be expected to show both parts of your photo-card licence. If you have an old-style driving licence you must bring the paper counterpart and your current passport (no other form of photographic identification will be accepted).
The Eyesight Test
You must be able to read in good daylight (with the aid of glasses or contact lenses if worn), a motor vehicle registration plate containing letters and figures:
If you don't pass the eyesight test, you will not be allowed to take the driving ability element. The test will be marked as a fail and will count towards your three attempts.
The examiner will ask you to describe how to perform a check on the condition and safety of three components of the vehicle. You will also be expected to demonstrate an actual check on the condition of a further two components.
The components will be chosen from the following list:
Test of Driving Ability
This is an advanced driving test and a very high standard of competence is required. You must demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the principles of good driving and road safety. You must satisfy the examiner on all or any of the following subjects:
The routes used for the test will include roads which may carry heavy and/or fast moving traffic; they will also cover a range of road and traffic conditions, including urban and rural conditions.
What do I need to do in order to pass?
You must show the ability to perform any or all of the following manoeuvres including all three of the reversing exercises:
The Test Vehicle
It is your responsibility to provide a legally roadworthy car:
If your vehicle does not meet the above requirements, it will not be possible to carry out the test.
Remember to ask your Training College whether they supply a car to use on this test and whether there is a charge for the hire of the vehicle.
This element of the qualification process is critical to the Part 3 Test. The standard of driving becomes a model from which you teach. You will need to be able to draw on the experience you gain here to teach others to drive to your level.