How To Get An Early Driving Test

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There’s no doubt that learning to drive takes time. It ain’t easy mastering all of those new skills and there are a few official hoops you have to jump through before the DVSA will grant you a driving licence. On top of all that, many learners find that the only practical test appointments they have access to are months in the future. Queue even more waiting.

Does it really have to be this way? As far as PassMeFast is concerned, no! While we can’t guarantee that you’ll be a fast learner, we can let you in on a neat little trick that often bags you a test date weeks in advance of the ones you can find yourself.

In the spirit of speeding things up, let’s get straight into it!

What do we mean by an early test?

This should be fairly clear already, but just in case you’re confused, by early, we mean a test that occurs as soon as possible, not necessarily one that is just early in the morning. (Trust us, decent driving test appointments are few and far between, so if time is of the essence, you’ll be happy to take one at any time of the day!)

Before we get into the whys and hows, let’s briefly explore what you can expect when booking a practical test the old-fashioned way.

Wait times

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Learners often find that they only have access to test appointments that are months in the future. In fact, the average wait time for a practical test sits around the 2 month mark. What gives?! Well, learning to drive is a pretty popular pursuit. Think about how many people across the country are learning to drive at the same time as you. That’s a lot of competition for those precious time slots!

In addition to this, the DVSA run a fairly rigorous and by-the-book operation. They’re not like that trendy restaurant that doesn’t take reservations but might just be able to squeeze you in at the bar because the host appreciates that your outfit matches the vibe. Appointments are released months in advance, and if you can’t find one that suits your schedule, you’ll at least be offered their sincerest apologies. Oh wait, no, scratch that last part—they actually couldn’t give a hoot.

Why would you need an early driving test?

Good things come to those who wait (and all that), but if you’ve put a lot of time and energy into learning to drive, having to wait ages to sit the test is very frustrating. It also won’t be helpful if you’re feeling nervous about the test! However you look at it, earning a licence is a big deal. No one enjoys having to delay something so special!

You’ve recently failed a test

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A particular group of people who really appreciate an early driving test are those who have recently failed a test. Chances are, if you’re at this point, you’re basically test-ready and simply failed because of a silly mistake (remember—most people don’t pass on their first attempt!). You probably only need a quick refresher course before you’re ready to get back on that horse. Having to go back to the end of the line to wait for a test appointment is no good at all.

On a more serious note, some people who have a failed test under their belt find that during the wait for another slot to become available, they lose the motivation to try again. As a result, they give up on the whole driving thing and miss out on a really valuable life skill. We can’t stress enough how important it is to keep that momentum going! Securing an early driving test will be a great help here.

Be flexible

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If you really are desperate for an early driving test, you gotta be flexible. While learning to drive is something you can fit around your regular schedule, you still need to be realistic. It makes sense to prioritise it as much as possible, particularly if you’re hoping to get the whole process done and dusted in a short amount of time.

For starters, try to be flexible about where you want to take your practical. You may have your heart set on a specific test centre, but wait times vary from location to location, so it’s best to check out the availability at more than one. Maximise your options to maximise your chances of an earlier test!

It’s also important not to worry about factors like the time of day an appointment falls. This kind of thing has very little (read: pretty much zero) impact on whether you will pass or fail. Examiners aim to make all test conditions as fair and equal as possible. Any theories about easy or hard times of day to sit the practical test should not be given much weight.

Take the fast-track

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And now for the real life-saver when it comes to getting an early driving test: fast-tracking. Companies like PassMeFast offer learners the chance to book a fast-tracked practical test. These test appointments are usually weeks (or even months!) earlier than the range of options that appear when you first search the DVSA site for a test.

Where do these tests come from?

A small percentage of booked driving tests get cancelled for one reason or another. Perhaps someone needed more time to practice, changed their mind about the location, or managed to find a more convenient option. That part isn’t really important. The point is, every so often, previously booked tests reappear as an available slot.

Now, as these earlier tests are like gold dust, they don’t hang around for very long, which is why you rarely see them. We do not recommend taking a week off work to camp out in front of your computer, refreshing the same page over and over again. That won’t be good for your eyes, social life, or sanity. Instead, let someone else (like, ahem, PassMeFast) do it for you!

How does our fast-track system work?

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That’s a bit like asking Colonel Sanders what goes into his signature fried chicken, but we’ll let you off. In fact, we’re happy to lift the lid on our ingenious system!

We have a team of people dedicated to tracking every test cancellation that appears. And we mean dedicated. Day in, day out—they never drop the ball. As soon as an early driving test shows up, they reserve it for one of our learners. Spotted an ideal date online that disappeared before you could enter your details? It was probably swiped by us for a PassMeFast learner. Sorry!

No need to be upset, though, as we can do the same for you! Once you book in for your PassMeFast course (or even just a fast-tracked test on its own) we aim to get you a suitably early driving test within 10 working days.

Working towards a fast-tracked test

It’s all well and good securing an early test, as long as you’re ready to pass it! That’s why fast-tracked tests are best combined with intensive courses. If you’re going to speed up the journey to test day, you may as well speed up the learning process, too!

If you’re not familiar, intensive courses involve taking multiple driving lessons a week that last 2-5 hours. This is in contrast to the traditional approach to driving, which often sees learners spend as little as 1 hour a week learning to drive.

Many people find that intensive courses are a much more efficient way of working towards a licence. Add on a fast-tracked test and you’ll be hitting the road in no time at all!

Let PassMeFast take care of everything

The great news is that PassMeFast offers both fast-tracked tests and intensive courses. Yep, we can be a one-stop-shop for all your driving needs!

Searching for the perfect early driving test can be a long, boring waste of time if you’re doing it alone. Let someone else pick up the slack so you can work on honing your skills behind the wheel!

Get an early driving test: FAQs

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1.Will I need to cancel my existing test to get a fast-tracked one?

In short, yes. The DVSA’s system will not allow us to book you a test if you already have one. However, once you cancel a test you can rarely get the same one back. Don’t worry, though—our team aims to get everyone a suitable test date within 10 days. If, for any reason, you’re not sure what to do about your existing test, ask a member of our team (available on 0333 123 4949) before cancelling the one you have.

2. I don’t need any more lessons, can I simply book a fast-tracked test from PassMeFast on its own?

Yes! We offer the fast-tracked tests as a stand-alone purchase. If you need a car to use for the test, however, we will have to set you up with an instructor. It’s always worth taking an assessment lesson or short refresher course with them before taking the test. This will allow you to get used to the car and have a professional confirm that your driving is up to test standard.

3. If I change my mind about a fast-tracked test I have booked, will I have to pay for another one?

Each driving test comes with a cancellation deadline of 3 working days before the appointment. If you inform our booking agents in good time, they will be able to secure you a new test at no extra cost. You will receive an email alerting you when a cancellation deadline is coming up, to give you enough time to make a decision.

4. Can I just fast-track a test myself?

You can give it a go but, as we’ve mentioned, you’ll be lucky to find one on your own. Feel free to try and, if nothing comes up, you know who to turn to!

5. Why is it more expensive to book a practical test with PassMeFast than it is on the DVSA website?

Fast-tracked tests are slightly more expensive than regular tests, but for good reason! You’re paying for the speed and convenience of having someone devote their time to snapping up any suitable openings. (Don’t worry, there’s not one poor person forced to skip meals so that they don’t miss any newly-available appointments—we work with a full team of skilled fast-trackers who work on rotation!). 

Comments

  1. Sam@PassMeFast

    Hi Charlotte,

    At the moment, our course wait times are extended due to covid. We're currently looking at completing courses in around 5 months time, so I'm afraid January would be too soon for us to fit you in. This is an industry-wide issue, unfortunately, because test centres are struggling to keep up with demand.

    Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.

    Thanks,

    Sam

    5 days ago

  2. Charlotte

    I need a practical test before January 2022 to be able to travel to uni, do you cover Sunderland? And how much is the pricing and using your drivers/cars I do own a car as my instructor has just stopped taking any lessons.

    5 days ago

  3. Sam@PassMeFast

    Hi Ryan,

    Please give us a call on 0333 123 4949 and we'll see what we can do for you.

    Thanks!

    Sam

    1 week ago

  4. Ryan davies

    Can you please help me find a test as soon as possible?

    1 week ago

  5. Sam@PassMeFast

    Hi there,

    We can certainly help you get a driving test! If you give the team a call on 0333 123 4949, we'll get things sorted for you.

    Thanks,

    Sam

    2 months ago

  6. Ineed driving test as soon as possible can u plz help

    I need deiving test asap .I fail once .with 3 minor 1 major.since then I had some more lessons .can u help me with finding date asap iwill take some lessons from u
    Thx

    2 months ago

  7. Sam@PassMeFast

    Hi Lynn,

    Could you or your grandson please give us a call on 0333 123 4949 so we can see what we can do for him?

    Thanks!

    Sam

    2 months ago

  8. Lynn Powlesland

    My grandson needs a test ASAP he had a cancellation for Monday but unable to get an instructor
    Please can you let me have details

    2 months ago

  9. Sam@PassMeFast

    Hiya Liliana,

    We offer both fast-tracked driving tests and driving courses, but there is currently a bit of a wait on courses due to the covid backlog.

    It'd be best if you gave the team a call on 0333 123 4949 and they'll talk you through your options!

    Thanks,

    Sam

    4 months ago

  10. Liliana Tihon

    Hi I need to get my driving test as soon as possible. How can you help me?

    4 months ago

  11. Andy@PassMeFast

    Hi Kaleab,

    PassMeFast specialise in securing practical tests at a time, date and test centre to suit you. For more information, give us a call on 0333 123 4949. Please be aware that wait times may be longer as a consequence of the current restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Hope this helps

    Andy

    8 months ago

  12. Kaleab Ghirmay

    I need to get my driving test,in short period of time

    9 months ago

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