The Theory Test

On the day of the theory, make sure that before you leave home you have both parts of your driving license. You will not be allowed to take your test without both your photo card and your counterpart (paper section). Also make sure you know the location of the test centre.

When you arrive at the test centre, make the staff aware you have arrived and you will be taken to your computer. The test is taken in two parts: the first is the multiple choice question section and the second is the hazard perception video clips. You will probably find that you finish the test well within the time allowed – don’t be worried or surprised by this, just take the time to read through all your answers at least twice to ensure you haven’t made any mistakes.

Once you’ve finished both parts of the test and read through answers, leave the test room to get your results. In order to pass you must score at least 43 out of 50 on the multiple choice section and 44 out of possible 75 on the hazard awareness.

If you do pass you will be given certificate which will have a theory pass code on it. Keep this in a safe place as it will be needed when you want to book your practical test.

Leicester Theory Test Centre

Office suite 3A,
3rd floor,
Rutland Centre,
56 Halford Street,

The Practical Test

On the day of your practical you will again be required to take both parts of your license (photo card and counterpart), but you will also need your theory pass certificate. Most pupils book an hour lesson before their test in order to give them time to settle their nerves and go over any last minute worries.

Your instructor will ensure you arrive at your chosen test centre approximately 10 minutes before your test is due to start and take you to the waiting room. After meeting your examiner and having your paperwork checked you will be taken outside for your eyesight check and then be asked two of the pre-test questions (click here to download the Show Me/Tell Me questions).

After this your examiner will give you a brief description of the test. The test will take approximately 35-40 minutes and involve 10 minutes of independent driving. Don’t be surprised if your examiner doesn’t speak to you much during your test, this is to let you concentrate – try to just treat the test like another lesson with your instructor.

You will not find out if you have passed or failed until the end of the test so keep driving regardless of any mistakes you think you may have made. At the end of your test the examiner will tell you whether you have passed or failed and then ask if you want your instructor to listen to your debrief. If you haven’t passed, your Rapide Driving Instructor will talk through the debrief and explain why you have failed and what action you need to take in order to pass next time.

Leicestershire Test Centres

Leicester (Cannock Street):
40 Cannock Street,
Barkbythorpe Road,
Troon Industrial Estate,

Leicester (South Wigston):
Land At Tigers Close,
South Wigston,
LE18 4WS

Pinfold Gate Car Park,
Pinfold Gate Road,
LE11 1BG