There are currently two parts to the UK driving test.
- Theory Test – multiple choice questions and hazard perception videos
- Practical Test – driving skills and safety test
To become a driver in the UK you have to pass both the theory and practical tests.
The theory test must be passed before taking the practical test. You can start learning to drive before you take the theory test.
You can take both tests as many times as you need to pass. It is important to note that there are no adjustments that can be made to the standard required to pass.
There are ways to support someone with special educational needs to achieve and show the skills and knowledge needed.
For the theory test some of the options are:
- Practicing online or with DVD, CDs and books such as the Highway Code, Know Your Traffic Signs and The Official DVSA Theory Test
- For reading difficulties consider audio books
- You can find out more by visiting the government website.
For the practical test, it is a good idea to:
- choose an instructor with specialist experience and who you feel comfortable with
- discuss with the instructor any techniques that have helped learning in the past
- consider asking the instructor if someone supportive can sit in on your first few lessons. This can be helpful if you have anxiety or communication needs.
- try an automatic car as well as a car with manual gears
- be prepared to take more and/or longer lessons if needed