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Course Assessments

When you’re a learner driver, it can sometimes be a bit difficult to figure out exactly how many hours you’ll need to reach test standard. If you’re paying for a course upfront, this is an especially crucial decision: choose a course with too many hours, and you could end up wasting money; if your course is too short, however, you won’t end up test-ready, and could have to shell out more in the long run.

Unfortunately, estimating your own level of driving proficiency can be tricky. Many factors come into play, from how many lessons you’ve previously taken through to how confident you feel behind the wheel. It’s no wonder, therefore, that some people are left confused over which course to take. If this sounds like you, then a PassMeFast course assessment could be an ideal solution.

What is a course assessment?

A course assessment is a one hour lesson taken with one of our DVSA-approved PassMeFast instructors. Over the course of this hour, the instructor will carefully and critically assess your level of driving ability. As each of our instructors has years of experience under their belt, they’ll be able to use their expert judgement to work out how many hours you’ll need to get up to test standard.

At the end of the course assessment, your instructor will let you know the number of hours of tuition you require in the form of a personalised course recommendation. You can then make an informed decision on which course you wish to book.

Do I need to take a course assessment?

It’s up to you to decide whether you want to take a course assessment first, or go ahead and book a course directly. If you decide not to opt for a course assessment, it’s important to note that the DVSA estimates that a new learner driver will typically take around 40-48 hours of professional tuition with a driving instructor to get up to test standard.

If you have limited experience, it’s important to be realistic about how much tuition you’ll need. This means that you should avoid simply booking the shortest course, and instead book a course that meets your needs. Booking the right course gives you the best possible chance of passing first time, and is typically the most cost-effective way to learn to drive.

What happens after my course assessment?

After you’ve completed your course assessment, you can then book onto any of PassMeFast’s courses. Unlike some companies, which offer only one type of course, PassMeFast offers courses of nine different lengths. This means that no matter how many hours your instructor recommends, you’ll find a PassMeFast course to suit you.

In most cases, you’ll be able to take your course with the same instructor who took you for your course assessment. We offer manual and automatic driving lessons in Manchester, so no matter which transmission you prefer, we’ll be able to meet your needs. We have instructors across the local area, and cover a range of practical test centres across the north of England.

What if my instructor recommends a longer course?

If your instructor recommends one of PassMeFast’s longer courses, it can initially sound daunting—but you shouldn’t be alarmed. With PassMeFast, you could get your driving licence within a month—even if you’re a complete beginner.

There are two reasons why. The first is that PassMeFast don’t offer traditional, weekly lessons, which can be incredibly slow and expensive. Instead, we offer intensive and semi-intensive driving courses, which help you gain the skills you need at a consistent, quick pace. Our fleet of friendly and patient instructors are experienced in teaching intensively, meaning you’ll be in safe hands during your course.

The second reason is that PassMeFast are able to beat standard DVSA waiting times for practical tests by weeks or even months. We’re able to do this via our fast-track practical test service, which locates tests at a time, date and test centre to suit your requirements. This means that you can get your licence just weeks after booking.

Getting on the road to driving is quick and easy with PassMeFast. To start your journey, call us on 0333 123 4949, or click on the button below. For useful articles covering all things related to driving, you can also check out the PassMeFast blog, or head to our resources page.