How to pass your driving test by learning vital skills, managing nerves and taking mock tests.

Passing your driving test gives you independence and freedom.

But many learner drivers take their test before they’re ready. It leads to a failed test, disappointment, extra costs and delays them getting on the road.

Get ready to pass with our advice and tips.

Skills you need to pass your driving test

Find out about the 27 skills you need to learn to pass your driving test and be a safe driver.

Managing driving test nerves

Get advice about how to manage your driving test nerves so you can focus on passing your test.

Taking mock driving tests

Find out why people who take mock driving tests are more likely to pass the real thing.

Taking the driving test

Find out how the driving test works, what you need to take on the day, and how you can avoid common mistakes people make.

Helping a learner

Check the rules about supervising a learner driver, and get advice about how to make the most from practice sessions.

52 out of every 100 driving tests were failed in Great Britain during June 2024

Check you’re ready to pass

You’ll usually be ready to take your driving test when:

1You do not need prompts from your driving instructor.

2You do not make serious or dangerous mistakes when you’re driving.

3You can pass mock driving tests.

4You have practised ways of managing your nerves.

5Your driving instructor agrees you are ready.

Find out if you’re ready.

Move your driving test if you’re not feeling ready

You’re more likely to pass your driving test if you move it back so you have more time to:

  • brush up on your skills
  • take a few more mock tests
  • practise managing your nerves

It’s free to change your appointment time, as long as you do it at least 3 full working days (Mondays to Saturdays) before your test.

And by moving your test, you’ll free up an appointment for someone who is ready to pass.

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