In order to drive unaccompanied on the road there are two tests that you will need to pass. The Theory test and The Practical test. You will need to pass your Theory before you can book your Practical.
The Theory test.
The Theory test is in two parts.
50 multiple choice questions. These questions are on all aspects of driving including vehicle documentation and motorways. You must score a minimum of 43 out of 50. You will have 57 minutes to complete the questions. Read the questions carefully an make sure you understand what is being asked ! Check the available answers, then read the question again. You have plenty of time so don't rush !
The Hazard Perception. Within a few minutes of completing the Theory questions you will move onto the Hazard Perception. You will be shown 14 video clips each about 1 minute long. 13 of the 14 videos have 1 scoring hazard (5 points max) and 1 of the 14 video clips will have 2 scoring hazards (10 points max). To pass you need to score 44 out of 75. On the video clips there will probably be more than 1 hazard, so you must click your mouse button for every developing hazard as you don't know which one will score the points !
You have to pass both parts at the same time so make sure you are prepared. Allow about 2 to 3 weeks waiting time when you book. The closest Theory test centre to Basingstoke is Reading.
The Practical Test.
The Practical test lasts approximately 40 minutes. You will have your eye site checked at the start and be asked 1 questions about basic car maintenance. During the test you will have to do 1 manoever which involves reversing and may also do an Emergency stop. For approximately 20 minutes of the test you will be required to navigate for yourself. This can be done in two ways, either following road signs and markings to a destination or follow a route using a Sat Nav. Don't worry about this part. It doesn't matter if you go the wrong way provided you did it safely following the MSM routine. Whilst driving you will be asked to operate one of the car controls.
In order to pass the practical you must score no more than 15 minor faults. Any serious or dangerous faults are a fail.
Allow 6 to 8 weeks waiting time when you book.