Right Turn School of Motoring - Test Day

Driving test Bideford and Barnstaple

Driving test Bideford and Driving test Barnstaple areas are currently taken in and around Barnstaple. The theory tests are taken at Riverside Court, Castle Street, Barnstaple, EX31 1DR. The new driving test centre has been open from the 25th of November 2010. The new address is Unit 1a, Benning Court, Off Riverside Road, Pottington Industrial Estate, Barnstaple EX31 1QN

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driving test bidefordWarning: Some sites charge for this booking service and can cost up to an extra £30 on top of the DVSA fee. To avoid this extra fee click the following link to go directly to the official Direct gov website.

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The theory test is made up of a multiple choice part and a hazard perception part. You need to pass both parts to pass it. Once you have passed the theory test you can then apply to take your practical driving test. For more information on the theory test for cars, motorcycles, lorry and bus follow this link to the DVSA official website

new driving test barnstapleChanges to test

From the 4th December 2017  The new driving test in Barnstaple will change from Monday 4 December 2017 to include following directions from a sat nav and testing different manoeuvres. You can see a video of the new driving test here.

The 4 driving test changes:

1.     Independent driving part of the test will increase to 20 minutes. The independent driving part of the test currently lasts around 10 minutes. During this part of the test, you have to drive without turn-by-turn directions from the driving examiner. This part of the test will be made longer, so it’ll last around 20 minutes - roughly half of the test.

2.     Following directions from a sat nav. During the independent driving part of the test, most candidates will be asked to follow directions from a sat nav. The examiner will provide the sat nav and set it up. You won’t need to set the route - the examiner will do this for you. So, it doesn’t matter what make or model of sat nav you practise with. You can’t follow directions from your own sat nav during the test - you have to use the one supplied by the examiner. You’ll be able to ask the examiner for confirmation of where you’re going if you’re not sure. It won’t matter if you go the wrong way unless you make a fault while doing it.

One in 5 driving tests won’t use a sat nav. You’ll need to follow traffic signs instead. 

3.     Reversing manoeuvres will be changed. The ‘reverse around a corner’ and ‘turn-in-the-road’ manoeuvres will no longer be tested, but you should still be taught them by your instructor. You’ll be asked to do one of 3 possible reversing manoeuvres:

parallel park at the side of the road. 

park in a bay - either driving in and reversing out, or reversing in and driving out (the examiner will tell you which you have to do). 

pull up on the right-hand side of the road, reverse for 2 car lengths and rejoin the traffic. 

4.     Answering a vehicle safety question while you’re driving. The examiner will ask you 2 vehicle safety questions during your driving test - these are known as the ‘show me / tell me’ questions. You’ll be asked the: 

‘tell me’ question (where you explain how you’d carry out a safety task) at the start of your test, before you start driving. 

‘show me’ question (where you show how you’d carry out a safety task) while you’re driving - for example, showing how to wash the windscreen using the car controls and wipers.

From the 8th June 2015 The paper counterpart of your licence will have no legal status and will therefore not be required to be produced for a driving test. Just the photocard of the licence will be required. If having passed your driving test, you wish to change your address, the examiner will hand you back the photocard and you will need to submit a form D91 (available online or at some post offices). The DVSA will eventually have a form available for you to automatically change your address after having past your test, however this will not be available until early 2016.

You may be asked for your driving record by your instructor to do this you will need to obtain an access code from the DVSA. The video below will explain the process on how to share your driving licence details. You can go directly to the GovUK page by clicking this link. View my licence.

You can book a theory test and practical driving test in barnstaple in many ways. Further information is available on the DVSA website or for current DVSA fees.You can also find out your local pass rates and appointment available here.

On your practical driving test day prior to 4th December 2017

On the day of your driving test  it’s only natural that as a learner driver you will feel nervous. remember that your right turn school of motoring instructor is there to support you and would not have advised you to take your driving test if they did not feel you were ready.

Some people prefer to have a driving lesson with their instructor an hour or so before the test, this not only helps to calm those nerves but gets you used to driving a car before the test commences.

Your driving instructor will make sure you get to the test centre at least 10 minutes earlier than your driving test begins.

Bring the following driving test documents with you.

  • Driving license (uk), which must be signed, make sure both parts are there, paper counterpart and photo card. your driving license serves as identification and photographic proof. please note that if you still have an old paper style driving license you will need to bring a valid uk passport with you to prove your identity.
  • Pass certificate for your theory test.

Apart from general driving, your test will include....

Eyesight test - before you get into your car the examiner will point out a vehicle at a suitable distance and ask you to read its number plate. if your answer is incorrect the examiner will measure the exact distance and repeat the test. if you fail the eyesight test your test will not go any further.

Safety checks - the examiner will ask you two questions about carrying out safety checks on your vehicle before the start of your test.

Special exercises - you will be asked to carry out one of the following exercises during your test.your examiner will ask you to pull up, explain the exercise and ask you to carry it out.

  1. Reverse around a corner

  2. Turning in the road

  3. Reverse parking (either in a bay at the test centre or on the side of the road)

Contolled stop - you may be asked to carry out an controlled stop.

Independant driving - Your practical driving test will include approximately 10 minutes of independent driving. during your test you’ll have to drive independently by either following:
  • traffic signs

  • a series of directions

  • a combination of both

to help you understand where you are going when following verbal directions, the examiner will show you a diagram. it doesn't matter if you don't remember every direction, or if you go the wrong way - that can happen to the most experienced drivers.

independent driving is not a test of your orientation and navigation skills. driving independently means making your own decisions - this includes deciding when it’s safe and appropriate to ask for confirmation about where you’re going.



If you drive the way your right turn school of motoring instructor has taught you during the driving test you can have every confidence of passing, remember try to stay calm and follow the driving examiners instructions carefully.

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