Here are my top tips on keeping those nerves under control.

  • Don’t book your test at a time when you have other stressful things going on, such as school exams or moving house.
  • Make sure you get a few good nights’ sleep before the day of your test. Tiredness can make you feel stressed.
  • Get up in good time if you have an early morning test and have a light breakfast with just one cup of tea of coffee. Avoid too much caffeine before your test: it might make you feel a little bit jittery.
  • I will make sure that you have a relaxed “warm up” drive before taking the test.
  • Arrive at the test centre at least 10 minutes before your test is due to start so you can relax for a moment but you’re also not waiting too long.
  • Your examiner might not say much because they don’t want to distract you from your driving. Don’t worry about this, however if you feel the need to talk to them, please do but best make it brief.
  • Remember, your examiner is not trying to catch you out. They want to make sure you’re safe on the road. If there’s anything you’re not sure about, just ask.
  • Be positive and assertive by focusing on passing your test rather than worrying about failing it.