Trainer’s Top Tips – The Part 2 Exam

In the fourth instalment of these Trainer’s Top Tips we are going to put a specific focus on the Part 2 Exam, highlighting the best tips to prepare for it.


1. Make sure you are aware that this is a serious test of your driving ability. Over the past 10 years the average pass rate is 51.3%, which is why you are receiving professional training! At the start of the test the Examiner will explain that “a high standard of competence is expected”.

2. This is not a Leaner Driver’s Test so do not drive like a learner. Drive in a confident, safe, and professional manner.

3. Good knowledge leads to confidence, so balance your driving with good theory practice.

4. Anticipate and plan well ahead and ensure you deal with everything in good time. Be selective with your gears rather than just going through the motions.

5. Be aware and assess every road sign you approach as part of solid forward planning.

6. When you are practicing in between lessons drive the same way as you would on test. It should become your normal way of driving.

7. After years of driving you will have developed your own style. Remember that it is harder to unlearn something than to learn something new. Old habits die hard so discipline yourself.

8. When practicing, become familiar with the roads of the local area surrounding the test centre. It is not necessary to know ‘test routes’ but is useful to plan and prepare difficult junctions and other areas where you are likely to pick up faults.

9. With your trainer, undertake mock tests running up to your Part 2 Exam, under stringent test conditions. Do not take your first and hopefully only Part 2 Exam attempt until you are confidently succeeding throughout your practise. If you do have to use the second attempt, then ensure that you take learnings from the first. Do not just automatically rebook the second test and expect a different result from the first one without active reflection!

10. Manoeuvres should be thought of as three elements – control, observation and accuracy. Having the correct car control (crawling pace) allows the other two elements to be done more easily. Use good effective all-round observation and don’t just rely on mirrors.

11. With a maximum of 6 driver faults available, be mindful that these can build up without good preparation. Make sure you know your vehicle safety questions perfectly and consider whether a signal is necessary as sometimes these can do more harm than good. Aim to show the examiner you are actively engaging by being conversational whilst concentrating on your surroundings.

12. Use limit points for assessing bends. This technique is also used by emergency services. If you are not sure what limit points are, then read up on them or ask your Trainer.

In the next of these “Trainer’s Top Tips” we will look at exam preparation for the day of your Part 2 and Part 3 Tests, letting you know what works and what does not work based on our extensive experience.

Best wishes to you all and keep safe,

Peter, Paul, Malcolm, Mark, Richard and David
Bill Plant Driving School Training Academy