Essential information on intensive driving courses

There is a lot of misleading and false information surrounding intensive driving courses being sold on the web today. We thought you would benefit from knowing the facts and a few of the options available to you.

What you MUST KNOW is:

1) You [or a third party] cannot book a practical driving test before you first pass your theory test

2) There is ONLY ONE WAY a practical driving test can be booked. This is here. And, access to this booking system is the same for you, us and every other driving school or instructors. There are NO exceptions or special arrangements to jump the queue or block buy driving test appointments by any company. 

3) We do not book or pay for tests as this is something you can do exactly the same way as us. Therefore, you will save yourself the cost of a third party booking it for you and charging you well for the privilege. 

4) There are significant waiting times for practical tests throughout the country. Ranging from 6 to 10 weeks.

5) Cancellation tests are test dates that somebody else has decided not to attend. It has therefore been made available publicly for anybody else to select. To do this you MUST first have passed your theory AND have booked a practical driving test, so that you can then access the DVSA booking system for cancellations. 

If you have any questions - just ask us here, we will be happy to help. 

Q. Can I pass both my theory and practical driving test in 1 week?

A. Yes, technically. No, to very unlikely, realistically.

To achieve this, you would need to have your theory test already booked for the Monday and pass it. Then and only then can a practical driving test be booked. The reality is that nearly all driving test centres have between a 6 to 8 week waiting time for a test date leaves you relying on picking up a cancellation test date, conveniently for Friday afternoon of the same week. And, if you did manage to find one, to then pass it! 

Q. So, why do a few schools claim to be able to do this?

A. Because it is technically or legally possible and looks great for marketing! Furthermore, making this sound easy and possible drives plenty of bookings for these companies. However, in reality the vast majority of customers will end up with packing their theory study and driving into 1 week and then having a test booked several weeks further on. Either because the theory was failed, which then delays the booking of the practical test or that a very short notice cancellation date wasn't possible. The downside is you are likely to have a long gap of no driving before your practical test or need to pay for top up training each week. 

Q. What type of intensive course should I take if I have no driving experience or limited experience?

A. We would recommend the following 30 to 40 hour courses based upon years of experience in successfully delivery.

- 1 Week Course. Normally run from Monday to Friday inclusive. We would ONLY recommend this level of intensity IF you had no other options. So, for example you had to find the time by taking a week off work or you had holiday to allow for the course.

2 to 4 Week Course. You can choose when booking whether you want to learn over 2, 3 or 4 weeks. These courses have the highest success rate. Allowing for quick learning.  

If you have any questions - just ask us here, we will be happy to help. 

Solutions 

We would recommend you get your theory passed ASAP - this will then give you more options for your practical driving course. Waiting time is normally about 2 weeks. An excellent free website can be found here to help you study.

The simple answer is book or reserve your training time early with us or any company. 

Leave plenty of time to book, pass or even re-take your theory. 

Actions you could consider taking if you haven't passed your theory yet.

Today: Book your theory test for 2 weeks time. 

Use the study link here 

Today: Reserve your practical driving course now - ideally to spread over 2 - 4 weeks. 

On passing your theory you will be able to search for a cancellation test to coincide with the end of your 2, 3 or 4 week course. To find a cancellation date within this time-frame is now a very strong possibility