Driving Test Examiner Wordings

Driving Test Examiner Wordings

In order to help you learn, we have written out the wordings along with voice recordings for each section of the driving test, giving you examples of the language that will be used throughout the car driving test.

The usual wording commonly used by examiners is shown as standard text with instructions and further information provided between the squared brackets.

waiting in the test centre

In the waiting room

[Candidate’s name read out]

Hello [candidate’s first name], my name is [examiner’s first name].

Can I see your driving licence, please?

Can you read and sign this insurance and residency declaration, please?

Is your name and address still the same as on your driving licence?

And would you like your instructor to come with us today?

[If the candidate says no] Would you like them to be there at the end of your test for the result and feedback?

OK, thank you. I’ll follow you out to your car.

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entrance to test centre

Test briefing

Outside the car

The test will last about 40 minutes, and you’ll do about 20 minutes of independent driving. I’ll ask you to complete one manoeuvre, and we might also do an emergency stop.

Which car are you using?

Will you read the number plate of that car, please?

I’ll just ask you a few questions about your car and vehicle safety.

If you want to get into the car, I’ll join you in a moment.

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Inside the car

Throughout the drive, continue ahead unless traffic signs direct you otherwise. When I want you to turn left or right, I’ll tell you in plenty of time. Move off when you’re ready, please.

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test center

General driving directions

Pull up on the left at a safe place, please.

Pull up along here, just before [roadside feature], please.

Drive on when you’re ready, please.

Take the next road on the left/right, please.

Take the second road on the left/right, please.

At the end of the road, turn left/right, please.

At the roundabout, turn left please – it’s the first exit.

At the roundabout, follow the road ahead – it’s the second exit.

At the the roundabout, turn right please – it’s the third exit.

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Raod sign directing to Nottingham

Independent driving part

Following traffic signs

Pull up on the left please [either specify a location or use normal stop wordings].

OK, this is the independent driving part of the test. I’d like you to follow the traffic signs for [location], please. Continue to follow the signs until I tell you otherwise. Drive on when you’re ready.

Thank you, that’s the end of independent driving. Follow my directions as normal from now on.

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Using verbal directions

Pull up on the left please [either a location or the normal stop wordings].

OK, this is the independent driving part of the test. I’m going to ask you to follow a series of directions.

Would you like to see a diagram?

The directions are [directions provided].

[Example: The directions are at the end of the road turn right, at the roundabout follow the road ahead, and then take the next road on the left.]

Can you repeat those back to me, please? [so the examiner knows the candidate has understood]

Thank you. Drive on when you’re ready.

Thank you, that’s the end of independent driving. Follow my directions as normal from now on.

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Following a sat nav

We are going to start the independent driving section of the test.

I would like you to drive for some distance independently. I’d like you to follow various directions from the sat nav, please. Please continue to follow the sat nav until I tell you differently. Proceed to drive on when you are ready.

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Emergency stop

Pull up on the left please [The examiner will specify a location or use normal stop wordings].

I’m going to ask you to do an emergency stop. When I give this signal, [demonstrate the hand signal and say] ‘Stop’ – I’d like you to stop as quickly and as safely as possible. Before giving the signal I may look around to assess it’s safe, please until I give my signal.

Do you understand my instructions?

Stop [gives the hand signal].

Thank you for doing that. I won’t ask you to do that again. Please proceed to drive ahead when you’re ready, please.

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learner manoeuvre

Body of the test

Reverse Parking (Parallel)

Pull up on the left well before you get to the next parked car, please.

This is the reverse parking exercise. I’d like you to drive forward and stop alongside the car ahead. Then reverse in and park reasonably close to and parallel with the kerb (Parallel Park). Try to complete the exercise within about two car lengths.

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Reverse Parking (Car Park)

[This can be carried out at the beginning or the end of the test].

Beginning of the test

I’d like you to pull forward either to the left or the right so that your wheels are straight, then reverse into a convenient parking bay.

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End of the test

I’d like you to reverse bay park in the car park. Drive forward into the car park, then reverse into a convenient parking bay.

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Angled moving off

Pull up on the left just before you get to the next parked car, please. [If necessary] Leave enough room to move away.

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Hill start

[The normal stop wording, or a specified place]

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Pulling up on the right

I would like you to pull up on the right when it is safe to do so.

Thank you for doing that.

When it is safe, I would like you to reverse back two car lengths, staying reasonably close to the kerb.

Okay, when it is safe, I would like you to rejoin the road ahead.

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Driving forwards into a bay

I would like you to drive forwards into a car parking space finishing within the lines. Either on the left or the right, choose any bay you like.

Thank you very much. Now, if you could reverse back out to either the left or the right – when you are ready.

Thank you very much. We will drive on when you are ready.

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driving test vehicle

End of the test

Pass

OK, that’s the end of the test. Please switch off the engine while I finish my paperwork.

[If the instructor didn’t go out on the test and comes over to listen to the result and feedback, examiner confirms with that the candidate that they want their instructor there].

OK, [candidate’s first name]. I’m pleased to say you’ve passed. Now that you’ll be driving on your own, I’d like you to be aware of a few things. [Feedback on the drive].

May I see your driving licence again, please? Would you like your full licence sent to you automatically? I’ll need to keep your old licence.

Please read the health declaration and sign the bottom of the test report.

Here’s your pass certificate. You should get your new licence in about 20 working days. If you have any problems, there are contact details on the back.

Here’s a copy of your test report.

As a new driver, it’s really important that you read the ‘Safety code for new drivers’ in The Highway Code. You should also talk to your instructor about eco-safe driving – it’s a way of reducing how much fuel you use and saving money.

Thank you. Goodbye.

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driving test pass

Fail

OK, that’s the end of the test. Please switch off the engine while I finish my paperwork.

[If the instructor didn’t go out on the test and comes over to listen to the result and feedback, confirm with that the candidate that they want their instructor there].

OK [candidate’s name]. I’m sorry to tell you that you haven’t passed. To help you, I’ll explain why. [Gives feedback on the drive].

Here’s a copy of your test report.

[If the instructor is present] I’m pleased your instructor is here. And I’m sure they’ll be able to help you further.

You should also talk to them about eco-safe driving – it’s a way of reducing how much fuel you use and saving money.

Thank you. Goodbye.

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Top Driving Test Tip

I have been providing driving lessons in Milton Keynes for many years and one thing I always tell my pupils is to not be afraid to ask the examiner to repeat an instruction. I remember my driving test (many years ago) and the examiner must have thought I was deaf, the amount of times I asked him for the direction again. If you are unsure of where to go, just try and ask in plenty of time. If you’re late in asking for the instruction to be repeated, the examiner will struggle to help you in good time.

When it comes to the independent driving section of the test, the need to ask the examiner for directions should be low as the Sat Nav will provide the instructions verbally and visually. You can ask occasionally but try not to make a habit out of it, it is what it is – driving independently.

You might be driving independently and realise you are in the wrong lane very late, don’t be afraid to go in the wrong direction. The examiner won’t mark you down with a driving fault for going in wrong direction, as long as you do it safely.

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