Book your practical driving test in High Wycombe

As I am a High Wycombe driving school, most practical driving tests are carried out at the High Wycombe Driving Test Centre in Cressex. 

You can book your driving test online between 6am and midnight

To book your practical test online you need:

  • your valid Great Britain or Northern Ireland provisional driving license number
  • your credit or debit card details
  • a theory test pass date and certificate number (pass letter)
  • access to you instructors or other suitable vehicle 
  • The practical driving test cost is 56.50 or 67 at weekends.

TO BOOK YOUR TEST click the link

Note on upgrading license

To upgrade from an automatic transmission only uk driving license to a manual transmission car license click the link

DVSA can only accept the following cards:

  • Delta
  • MasterCard
  • Visa
  • Visa Electron

More about booking your practical driving test 


Before booking your practical driving test bear in mind I work limited hours. If you need or want to use my car I will only take you for a test if I think you are ready.

An example booking - Use this link  see the dates and times offerered. You would normally want ONE HOUR before the test time for practice. So if you are offered a test at 8.30 am and you want an hours practice before the test, and it takes me 45 minutes to get to you that means me starting at 6:45am and unfortunately I won't do that so please ask if your are not sure. Please liase with me to confirm my availability. 

You can take your driving test in your own car

Practical driving test bookings in High Wycombe consistently have a lead time of between 8 to 16 weeks so plan ahead bearing in mind your and my availability.

There are a number of online companies who will find a test cancellation date normally much quicker than the one offered by the DVSA website at the time you are checking.

For your convenience I have included a couple of links below. I have not personally tried these companies but some of my pupils have. Please do your own research but don't pay in advance unless you have to.


On the day of the practical driving test.

You must take confirmation of your test booking perhaps a print out of the confirmation email.

You need to take your photocard provisional driving licence 


If you have an old-style paper licence, you must take your signed driving licence and you must also take a valid passport.

No other form of photographic identification will be accepted.

You are generally asked to be at the test centre about five to ten minutes before the driving test. 

They will then ask you to sign the top left corner of a DL25 Practical Test report stating your car is insured for the test and you are a UK resident. 

The examiner will ask if you want your driving instructor to be with you in the car during the test, most students say no, they will then ask if you would like your instructor to be called over for the test summary at the end to which its best to say yes.  

You will then be asked to read a number plate approximately 20 meters away. You will then walk to the car where you will be asked one Show Me and one Tell Me question, examples of which are below. You must know the answers to all these questions.

All you are required to do is show the tester that you can drive confidently and safely demonstrating that you are in full control of the vehicle and that you are aware of what is going on around your car at all times. Your position on the road, lane choices, speed, general observations and being able to demonstrate you can keep your car safe are very important in convincing an examiner you will make a safe driver. The test should last about 40 minutes.

You are allowed 15 minor faults but no major or serious faults which would include pulling out in front of other road users forcing them to slow down or change direction, including roundabouts, junctions and passing stationary or moving vehicles.

In the practical test, you will be asked two 'show and tell' questions about safety and maintenance checks on your car. Getting one or both of them wrong will count as a driving fault in your test. 




On the day of the driving test

The DVSA examiner will introduce themselves and ask you for your driving license. They will ask if the address on your provisional license is the address you still live at, if it is not follow this link to change it online
  • If you are not using a driving instructors car you will need to arrange your own insurance and provide a cover note to the examiner. 
  • You also need to make sure sure your car complies with the DVSA rules. CLICK HERE
  • You need to buy and instal an interior mirror for the examiner from somewhere like Halfords or Amazon 
  • You will be asked if you want your instructor to be in the car during your test, most say no which is not a problem.

Show Me, Tell Me Questions - See bottom of page for images
Tell me questions

Show me tell me questions and answers

To help prepare study the typical questions and answers below.

Q1: Open the bonnet, explain how you would check the engine oil level and explain how you would check that the engine has sufficient oil.

A: Point to the dip stick. Tell the examiner that you would remove the dip stick wipe it dry, replace the dipstick. You then would remove the dipstick again and check the level of the oil against the minimum and maximum marks, replace the dipstick when finished.

Q2: Open the bonnet, identify where you would check the engine coolant level and explain how you would check that the engine has the correct level of coolant.

A: Point to the header tank for the engine cooling system. Tell the examiner that you would check the water level against the minimum and maximum marks or that you can see the contents.

Q3: Identify where the windscreen washer reservoir is, and explain how you would check the windscreen washer water level.

A: Point to the windscreen washer bottle and explain that you check the water level when you can see a level indicator. But often their is a warning light on the dashboard to indicate a low level of water. You could check your car's manual to see how to do this.

Q4: Open the bonnet, identify where the brake fluid reservoir is, and explain how you would check that you have a safe level of hydraulic brake fluid.

A: Point to the brake master cylinder normally on the end of the brake pedal, check level against high/low markings, or remove the screw on top and look inside. Their is almost always a dashboard warning light to indicate a low level of fluid.

Q5: Explain how you would check that the brake lights are working on this car.

A: Switch on the ignition. Operate brake pedal, make use of reflections in windows, garage doors etc, or ask someone to help.

Q6: Explain how you would check that the brakes are working safely before starting a journey.

A: Brakes should not feel spongy or slack. Brakes should be tested as you set off. Vehicle should pull up square in a straight line and not pull to one side.

 Q7: Explain where you would find the information for the recommended tyre pressures for this car and how tyre pressures should be checked.

A: Recommend tyre pressures can be found in the manufacturer's handbook, or on a sticker on a front door pillar. Use a reliable pressure gauge, check and adjust pressures when tyres are cold, don't forget the spare tyre, remember to refit valve caps.

Q8: Tell me how you would check the tyres to ensure that they have sufficient tread depth and that their general condition is safe to use on the road.

A: Check the wall of the tyre for cuts and bulges which may be dangerous. Their should also be a minimum 1.6mm of tread depth across the central of the width of the tyre and around the entire outer circumference.

Q9:  Explain how you would know there is a problem with the ABS braking system 

A:  A warning light would appear on the dashboard abs

Q10: Explain what does the ABS braking system do?

A: It helps you to steer the car when braking very hard by preventing the wheels from skidding and losing contact with the road surface. 

Q11: Explain how you would know the head restraint is correctly adjusted.

A: The thick part of the head restraint with the most padding should be level with the top of your ear.

Q1: Show me how you would check that the power-assisted steering is working before starting a journey.

A: If the steering is unusually heavy and stiff to operate when the engine is running the system may not be working properly. 

Q2: Show me how you would check that the headlights and tail lights are working.

A: Turn the end of the indicator arm anti clockwise one click to turn on side lights it is not necessary to switch on the ignition. Tell the examiner that you can walk round vehicle to check the front and rear lights. Turn the end of the indicator arm one more click to turn on the headlights. Push the indicator arm toward and away from you to demonstrate main beam and dipped beam.

Q3: Show me how you would check that the direction indicators are working.

A: Switch on the ignition. Applying the indicators in both directions and walking around the vehicle to check functioning of all indicators, or asking someone to help.

Q4: Show me how you would check that the horn is working (off-road only).

A: Check is carried out by using the control often in the centre of the steering wheel (turn on ignition if necessary).

Q5: Show me how you would check the parking brake for excessive wear.

A: Put your right foot on the brake pedal to secure the car. Use your left hand to push the hand brake to the off / down position. Keeping the button pressed in while pulling the handbrake lever up, explain you want to feel tension on the lever and it will not pull up too far to the end of its travel without securing the car.

Q6: Show me how you would switch on the rear fog lights and tell me when you switch them on?

A: The fog light switch on my car is just inside the light switch on the indicator arm on a wheel that needs to be turned away from you. Turn the fog lights on when your headlights are on dipped beam. The fog lights should be turned on when visibility is below 100 meters.

Q7:   Show me how you work the windscreen washers and wipers to both front and rear windscreens.

A: The wiper switch is on the right hand stalk. The front wipers are operated by moving the stalk up or down. Pull the stalk toward you for wash and wipe. Turn the end of the wiper stalk away from you for the rear wiper and washer.

Q8: Show me how you would set the de-mister controls to clear the windscreen 

When the engine is cold use the Air Conditioning button to clear the windscreen and when the engine temperature reaches normal turn the temperature control to hot (red) and the direction switch to windscreen. Tip for your test move all the heater controls to the RED icon setting.

To clear the rear window turn on the heated rear window. 

Dashboard and controls of my Nissan Note 





Under the bonnet of my Nissan

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