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Q. What is the National Average Pass Rate to pass a Learner Test?
A. The National Average Pass Rate to pass a Learner Test is approx 43%. The National Average Pass Rate for the Theory Test is only 51.6%

Q. On average, how many hours tuition do I need to pass my Driving Test?
A. This is very difficult to answer, but the average guideline is 47 hours of Professional Training combined with 20 hours of Private Practice.

Q. Do I need to pass an eyesight test on the day of my learner test?
A. Yes, you will have to read  a number plate from a distance of 20.5 metres (old style plates), or 20 metres (new style plates).

Q. How long does a learner test last?
A. Your test will last approx 40 – 45 minutes depending on road and traffic conditions.

Q. What are the pass marks for the Theory and Hazard Perception Tests for learner drivers?
A. You will be asked 50 questions in 57 minutes and you need to achieve 43 out of 50 for the Theory part. You will need to score 44 out of 75 for the Hazard Perception part.

Q. If I fail one part and pass the other, do I need to re-take both parts again?
A. Yes you do.

Q. Do I sit my theory test in the same building as my practical driving test?
A. NO, you must check the address on you appointment confirmation.

Q. What do I need to take on the day of my exams?
A. You need BOTH parts of your driving licence for every examination you take. You will also need your Theory Test Pass Certificate when you take your Practical Test.

Q. People have been known to say the examiners can only pass a certain number of pupils in a week, in a day etc, is this true?
A. Absolutely not. If you are good enough to pass and you perform well on the day, you will pass.

Q. With such a low average pass rate, surely I won’t pass first time?
A. The reason why many people fail is because they have gone against their Instructors advice and booked their test when they are not ready. Some people do not even bother to have Driving Lessons! At Drive and Pass, we will only book you in for your test when you are ready to take it, thus providing you with the best opportunity to pass first time.

Q. How much do your learner lessons cost?
A. For more information regarding lessons and prices, please ring Drive and Pass on 07817 778876, or via the contact form on the contact page.

Q. What qualifications do I need to become a Driving Instructor?
A. To become an Approved Driving Instructor you must be in possession of a full British or Northern Ireland unrestricted car driving licence. You will need to have held this licence for a total of four out of the past six years prior to entering the Register after qualifying. You must not have been disqualified from Driving at any time in the four years prior to being entered in the Register. You must ensure you are a fit and proper person to have your name entered in the Register. You must pass the Register Qualifying Examinations and apply for Registration within 12 months of passing your final exam. You will have to be CRB checked prior to submitting your application to the Driving Standards Agency. You will have read a number plate from a distance of 27.5 metres.

Q. How many examinations are there?
A. There are three in total:
Part 1: Theory and Hazard Perception Test 
Part 2: Eyesight and Driving Ability Test 
Part 3: Test of Ability to Instruct

Q. Is it easy to qualify as a Driving Instructor?
A. The short answer is no. There are 3 qualifying exams, and the official average pass rates are as follows (approx):
 Part 1 – 56% 
| Part 2 – 57%
 | Part 3 – 35.7% (based on July to August 2015) - 
Beware of any Company who claim to have an almost 100% pass rate. If this was true, the official statistics would be much higher. This is why we always assess anyone wishing to become a Driving Instructor and explain FULLY what the training involves. The training will not suit everyone.

Q. Companies advertise earnings in excess of £30,000 per year. Is this true?
A. Your total income received may indeed exceed £30,000 per year HOWEVER, this figure is BEFORE any of your expenses, for example, Franchise Fees, Car, Fuel, Maintenance, Insurance, Advertising, Tax, National Insurance, Spare car in the event of a breakdown etc.
Ensure you do your homework on this subject prior to signing any agreement. Could you afford not to have many pupils? (refer question below).

Q. Do Companies GUARANTEE how many hours work they will provide me?
A. Almost certainly no, and it is highly probable that if you join a high fee franchise organisation, you may not have earned enough to even cover your franchise fee. Read your contract very carefully otherwise you may find yourself heavily in debt.

Q. Do Companies provide training on a one-one basis as is normally the case with a learner driver?
A. Not necessarily. Most of the larger Companies will have two or maybe three to a car at any one time. Though this can sometimes be of benefit, the problems will start when everyone is learning at a different pace.

Q. Why do Companies insist on money upfront prior to the training?
A. Though Companies may claim it commits you to completing the Course, it does of course provide them with interest in their bank accounts, and they have your money should you wish to stop the training. The money is normally paid on a non-refundable basis.

Q. Some Companies GUARANTEE I will pass – Is this true?

A. Some claim they do, but in reality, there can never be a guarantee of anything. This is a good sales pitch, but when you fail, you will most likely be told you did not put enough effort in to your training, and therefore the Company will not be held responsible on this basis. Either that, or suddenly all their instructors diaries are full! You will most likely have failed because you were not offered enough hours training in the first place, and then you will find yourself paying more for remedial training. In our experience, the Driving Standards Agencies own guidelines as to the number of hours required to pass, falls short as to how many you will actually need, and this is rarely taken in to account when you have paid your money upfront.

Q. Will my tests be taken in the same area as where the training is conducted?
A. Not necessarily. Not all Test Centres can offer Driving Instructor Examinations. Find out before you commence training.

Q. Is it advisable to book an Intensive Course?
A. Whereas some may benefit from an Intensive Course, the likelihood of digesting all the information in a short period of time is virtually impossible. There is a great deal of coursework to be done in-between your lessons, and people struggle to try to fit this training in whilst holding down a full time job. Make sure you can commit to the additional work required to pass, prior to committing to the training.

Q. Do I have to complete the training within a set period of time?
A. Yes, you have two years from the date you pass your part one examination. You are only allowed three attempts at the part two and part three examinations. Should you fail, you will have to wait for your two years to elapse and then start all over again.

Q. How do I choose a trustworthy and reliable Company to deliver my training?
A. Many people are misled in to thinking only the large Companies who advertise widely on television offer good quality tuition. This is very often NOT the case. The reputation of the smaller independent driving schools is very important to them, and thus will want to deliver the best training money can buy. They will also happily arrange for you to speak to pupils who have previously trained with them. Recommendations are by far and away the best way of choosing a Driving School. Alarm bells should start ringing if you are asked to part with your money upfront. If you start and find you are not happy with the course, you should not have to pay for what you don’t have.

For more information on how Drive and Pass can help you become successful, please visit the Instructor Training page. I hope you will feel that we provide first class quality training to help you through the demanding examination process. If you are still unsure, you are welcome to speak to Instructors who have already trained with us. We do not sell the Course based on promises that cannot be kept. Instead, we tell you the facts about what the Course actually entails, and how the training is delivered, PRIOR to you parting with any of your money. If you are happy to proceed once spoken to us, you are welcome to then book an assessment lesson with us.

Q. Finally, I have a question you have not covered?
A. No problem, please feel free to contact us at any time. Our details can be found on the contact page.