Practical Test - What happens on the day of the test?
The U.K. Driving test is all about making sure that people who pass are competent and safe in the basic skills of driving.
When you're in the test centre waiting room and your examiner greets you, they will need to see your Provisional Driving Licence (both parts) and a residence declaration to say you live at that address. Usually before you get to your car the examiner will ask you to read a number plate from a randomly chosen vehicle at a distance of 20.5 metres (if you're unable to read the plate correctly, your test will be terminated).
When you get to your car the examiner will ask you 2 of the ‘Show me, tell me’ questions. The 'show me tell me' questions require you to explain to the driving test examiner where and how to check the tyres, brakes, fluid levels, lights, direction indicators, power steering and horn. You will be asked two questions, one 'show me' and one 'tell me' question. If you incorrectly answer one or both of the questions you will get one minor fault (this will not result in failure).
Next your examiner will ask you to get in the car and make yourself comfortable, he will walk round the car and join you in the passenger seat. He will then tell you "Throughout the test I'd like you to follow the road ahead at all times, unless road markings or road signs tell you otherwise. If I do want you turn, I will tell you in good time". The examiner will use the same terminology as your instructor, giving you plenty of notice. If at anytime you forget or don't understand any of the directions given by the examiner ASK!!!!
During your test you will be expected to drive for about 35-40 minutes in various road situations, some of them will be at higher speeds possibly up to 70 Mph. You will also be asked to perform 2 of the reversing manoeuvres and you may also be asked to perform the Emergency Stop exercise. To pass the U.K. Driving Test you must drive without getting one serious or dangerous (major) fault, or getting no more than 15 driving faults (minor).
Further information and advice
You can get a lot more information on this test and indeed book it online by visiting the Direct Gov Practical Driving Test advice pages