Mock Tests

Mock test forms too are a very useful so you can give something to your pupil that shows their test readiness. Something similar to the DSA DL25 is a good idea and you can download these from the internet. They can give an appraisal to your pupil of test readiness. When doing mock tests, keep them as real as possible. Complete an eyesight test and appear official. Lead your pupil to the car just like the examiner and after the show me checks ask them to make themselves comfortable in the car while you carry out the usual examiner checks to your vehicle. Join then and read out the examiner script about this is their practical test etc. More information on this can be found at the DSA website under DT1[1]. It is often a good idea to let your pupil keep this report to show their parents of their readiness.

Booking driving tests

As previously mentioned I would always book the pupils test for them, only this morning I took a phone call from an instructor who was sat outside a very closed and locked up test centre with their pupil. Apparently the pupil had booked the test and the instructor has not seen sight of the confirmation. Now they do not know what to do and I suspect it is the pupil who has the wrong date. It could be another day soon when the instructor is unable to help and outside the cancellation period for the DSA. Now it could be argued that it is the pupil’s responsibility and fault but who is the professional, who will get any negative backlash?? This is so easily avoided and really should not happen.

Driving test fees

Current test fees are;

  • Theory test £23.00
  • Practical test £62.00 weekdays         £75.00 Saturdays and bank hoidays
  • Extended test £124.00 weekdays       £150.00 Saturdays
  • ADI part one – theory test £81.00
  • ADI part two – driving ability £111.00
  • ADI part three – instructional ability £111.00
  • Entry to the ADI register             £300.00
  • Licence to give instruction (trainee licence) £140.00
  • Extension of registration or re-registration £300.00

DSA contact numbers

Practical test enquiries

0300 200 1122 (English language)

Theory tests     Press 11 and listen to the options

Practical tests  Press 25

0300 200 1133 (Welsh language)

Textphone for the deaf and hard-of-hearing 0300 200 1144

Customer services enquiry unit

Phone 0300 200 1122 (practical)         0300 2001177 (theory)


Instructor services and registration team

Phone 0300 200 1122


Fraud and integrity operational intelligence unit

Phone 02920 581 155 (office hours)    02920 581 290 (out of hours)


Pass Plus unit

Phone 0115 936 6504

DVSA business id;

You should register your business details with the Driving Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA). With this you can use the fast track numbers above for booking driving tests for your pupils. To apply for your business I.D. fill in the form in appendix

You will also need to register with the DSA before you can apply to use the trainer booking facility (TBF).