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The Driving Test Marking Sheet Explained


If you’re taking your driving test soon then you are bound to be a little worried, but don’t worry, as we are here to help calm your nerves!

In this blog we will discuss and explain the driving test marking sheet, how the driving test is marked and examples of faults that can occur during the test.

The driving test marking system

First of all, it’s important to know that you cannot accrue more than 15 driver faults during your test – which are otherwise known as minors. If you obtain a single serious or dangerous fault, otherwise known as a major, then you will fail the test.

During the test, you will be asked to complete two show me/tell me questions, one manoeuvre and possibly a controlled (emergency) stop.

What is included in the driving test?

Before the driving test can begin, an eyesight test will be required, which will involve reading a number plate at 20 metres in the test centre car park. Plus, two of the show me tell me questions.

The driving test will last around 40 minutes and where possible, includes various types of road and traffic conditions. It will also include one of the following four manoeuvres:

  • Forward bay park
  • Reverse bay park
  • Right reverse
  • Parallel park

One in four people will also get tested on an emergency stop. The driving test will also include 20 minutes of independent driving, normally using a SAT NAV, but one in five will be asked to use road signs instead.

How will the driving test be marked?

The driving test is marked on a form called the DL25, sometimes referred to as the driving test report.

This form is used for various DVSA driving tests, so some of the form won’t be relevant to your test. These days it is more common for the examiner to do the marking on a tablet rather than the paper form, but it is still the same thing.

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Looking at the form, you will see 27 competencies. Across from these you will see three columns. The 1st and slightly wider boxes are where they will record the driver faults, often referred to as minors. The column labelled ‘S’ stands for serious and the column labelled ‘D’ is for dangerous.

Every time you make a fault, the examiner will find the relevant competencies and tick the most appropriate column; Driver fault, Serious or Dangerous. You are allowed a total of no more than 15 driver faults and no serious or dangerous faults in order to pass the test.

Driver fault

Driver faults are considered low risk and are faults that do not compromise safety. For example, stalling the car when there is nobody around and no other road users are affected. This would be considered a driver fault.

Serious fault

A serious fault occurs when there is a danger to safety, control of the car or a legal requirement. For example, not taking effective observation at a junction when there was the possibility of a car to give way to, which could be considered to be a serious fault.

Dangerous fault

A dangerous fault occurs when there has been actual danger due to lack of safety, control or failure of a legal requirement. For example, no observations were taken at the junction and the examiner has had to intervene to avoid an accident.

Pass or fail?

The most obvious part of the driving test mark sheet (but the most consequential!) is that the examiner will mark off on the sheet whether you have passed or failed your test. If you pass, you will receive a pass certificate and will also need to sign a declaration to confirm that there has been no change in your health status since you last applied for a licence.

If you fail, take a look over the driving test mark sheet carefully to see where you went wrong. Study the sheet and make sure to brush up on the areas where you went wrong so that you can hopefully pass next time!

Get in touch with Nayland Driving School today

The best way to approach a driving test is to feel calm and prepared – so check out our tips on how to stay calm before your driving test. For more information on driving tests and what to expect, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the Nayland Driving School team today.

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