Test terms used by your examiner


The DT1 document contains internal operational guidance for driving examiners in the conduct of driving tests. There are 10 chapters in the guidance. An updated version will be published on DVSA's corporate website.

Good morning/afternoon Mr/Mrs/Miss/Ms ........May I see your driving licence please (and if required: also your TT pass certificate please).
Mr/........would you read and sign this insurance and residency declaration please? Is your name and address still the same as on your driving licence?

(As from 6 April 2010)
Would you like your instructor/accompanying driver to accompany you on test and be there for the result and end of test feedback. If, candidate says 'no'. Ask: Would you like your instructor/accompanying driver to be there at the end of test for the result and feedback

Thank you, will you lead the way to your car please.

In an effort to create a more relaxed and informal atmosphere during the test,examiners are encouraged to introduce themselves and use the candidate's firstname, provided there is no objection.As self-introduction works best when it is spontaneous the examiner should decide
whether to do it on the way to the car, or wait until seated inside it. Examiners are encouraged to use a form of words that suits their own style and personality. The following examples are for guidance only:

I'm........., I see your first name is.........May I call you...................?
My name is..........would you object to me calling you..............?
I'd like to introduce myself, my name is.......do you mind if I call you.........?
My name is.............what would you prefer me to call you?

Which car are you using? Will you read the number of ...........car.................

Before moving away candidates must be asked one ‘tell me’ vehicle safety check question. Whilst on the move candidates must be asked to demonstrate one ‘show me’ question.

If you would like to make yourself comfortable in your car now please, I will join you in a moment.

A pre-test brief should be offered. This can be given during the walk to the car, or, if the distance is short, in the car. This should outline what will happen during the drive, for example:The test will last about 38-40 minutes and it will take in various roads and traffic conditions and I will ask you to complete one manoeuvre and we may carry out anemergency stop. The sort of things you have been practising with your instructor / accompanying driver.

Independent driving briefing

It is important that the candidate is left in no doubt what is required in the independent driving section of the test. There are two methods of independent driving, following directions given by a sat nav or following traffic signs.


Throughout the drive continue ahead, unless traffic signs direct you otherwise, and when I want you to turn left or right I will tell you in plenty of time. Move off when you are ready, please.
Would you pull up on the left at a convenient place, please.
Pull up along here, just before...........please.
Drive on when you are ready, please.
Take the next road on the left/right, please.
Will you take the second road on the left/right, please. (If necessary add this is the first.)
At the end of the road turn left/right, please.
At the roundabout..
turn left please (it is the first exit)
follow the road ahead (it is the second exit)
turn right please (it is the third exit).

(Additional information should be given if necessary to assist the driver to plan their route through the hazard. Examples are in brackets above).

Pull up on the left at a convenient place, please.
Shortly I shall ask you to carry out an emergency stop. When I give this signal, (simultaneously demonstrate, and say) 'Stop', I'd like you to stop as quickly and as safely as possible. Before giving the signal I shall look round to make sure it is safe, but please wait for my signal before doing the exercise. Do you understand the instructions?

Thank you. I will not ask you to do that exercise again. Drive on when you are ready.


Pull up on the right

This manoeuvre should be carried out during routine driving, on a general main road which would normally carry light to medium traffic flow, therefore it is not necessary to deviate from the test route, into a side road or housing estate. It is not always necessary for the candidate to encounter traffic whilst completing this manoeuvre however carrying this out on busy roads or busy times of day, should be avoided due to the excessive length of time it would take to complete the exercise. The chosen road should allow the candidate plenty of opportunity to pull up on the right on a straight section of road with clear visibility well ahead and behind.

Whilst driving on a suitable road, and at a safe location, the candidate should be asked to pull up on the right when it is safe to do so. Once stationary, the candidate should then be asked to reverse for two car lengths before being asked to drive on again.

The candidate should show proper care for the safety of other road users while pulling across to the right, reversing and moving off.

Forward parking
The forward park exercise should be conducted into a parking bay in a car park along the test route, without the need to deviate too far from the route. The examiner will direct the candidate to a suitable area of the car park, which is not too busy and will not interfere with customers and car park owners / operators. There is no requirement to carry out this exercise between two cars. .

Reverse Parking - car park (This can be carried out at the beginning or the end of
the test).
Beginning of the test
Would you pull forward either to the left or the right so that your wheels are straight, then reverse into a convenient parking bay. Finish within one of the bays.
End of the test
I should like you to reverse park in the car park. Drive forward into the car park, then reverse into a convenient parking bay. Finish within one of the bays.

Parking on the road

The candidate should be asked to pull up well before a parked vehicle identified by the examiner. They should then be asked to drive alongside it and reverse into a parked position either:


Angle start
Pull up on the left just before you get to the next parked car, please. (If necessary add: leave enough room to move away.)

Hill start - (Use the 'normal stop' wording, or specify the place.)

Please switch off the engine and give me a moment to complete my paperwork.


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