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Day of the driving Test

You should receive a letter or email from the Department of the Environment notifying you of your test date. You will receive the appointment notice four or five weeks in advance of your test.

The letter/email will indicate the time, date and venue for the test together with conditions, which must be met. It will also set out the arrangements for cancelling your appointment should this prove necessary. On the day of the test, go to the allocated test centre 15 minutes before test appointment. The examiner will call out your name, once inside the office you will be asked to sign that you are insured in the vehicle been used on the test and they will check your learner permit to ensure that it relates to you and also;


The driving test is straight forward. For cars it will last about 25- 40 minutes.

The examiner will know that you may be nervous and will try to put you at ease. The examiner is there to test your driving ability and, unlike your instructor, the driver tester will not offer you encouragement or advice.

You should not be put off by this formal approach, which is designed to ensure fairness to all applicants. You will be given clear instructions throughout the test.

Should you not understand a particular instruction, tell the examiner. If you make a mistake, do not worry unduly. It may not be a serious as it appears and may not mean you have failed.

Sometimes a supervisory examiner may accompany the examiner - this is quite normal. Your driving test will be assessed on the following situations:

In the test candidates are allowed some minor mistakes. Mistakes are graded and there are three grades.

GREEN or grade one is very minor and does not affect the outcome of the test.

BLUE or grade two affects the test and if you get 4 marks in the same line or get 6 marks under the same heading or 9 or more over the complete test sheet then this is a fail.The best result is a clean sheet.

RED or grade three is very serious or dangerous and just one of these results in a fail.


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