What Happens on a Course Assessment?

If you're looking to pass your driving test with PassMeFast, you might have already taken the time to look at our wide range of tailored intensive driving course packages—ranging from as little as 5 hours to the full beginner 48 hour course. To help learners out, we've put together a rundown of our driving courses, detailing the courses on offer and their ideal candidates.

Too much choice, however, can make decisions that much harder to make. So, what happens when you're not sure which driving course is best for you? PassMeFast has the perfect solution: a course assessment.

We'll take you through exactly what happens on a course assessment and how you can go about booking a course once you've been given a professional recommendation.

Choosing the right course

PassMeFast knows just how challenging it can be for learner drivers to choose the most suitable driving course. If you're a complete beginner, the obvious choice is our 48 hour beginner course. Meanwhile, drivers who have recently failed mostly opt for refresher courses like our 5 hour course—ideal for getting test-ready in no time. For learners who have varying levels of experience—and varying levels of confidence—the decision can be much more difficult.

Some learners often get stuck trying to figure out whether they should opt for a longer course or whether they can get away with a shorter one instead. While this might seem more cost-effective, you should bear in mind that picking the wrong course can waste time and more money in purchasing additional hours—whilst if you choose a course that's too short to get you prepared, you might need to add on extra in the end anyway.

So, what can you do? You could ask your mum or dad to give you their opinion, but (unless they're driving instructors!) they haven't been trained to assess someone's driving experience. What you really need is a professional opinion—and that's where PassMeFast comes in. Our course assessment is the ideal option for learners who need to figure out which course package will cater to their needs and get them up to speed for their test. By completing one, you can get the right professional recommendation and get on your way to passing.

Not fully convinced? Check out 5 reasons to take a PassMeFast course assessment.

What happens on a course assessment?

The entire course assessment process will take approximately one hour to complete. An advantage to this is that you can fit it in whenever you're free—it doesn't require you to take a day off work or rejig your schedule. The assessment will be with one of PassMeFast's DVSA-approved instructors. We'll make sure to pick one local to your area who will meet you at a date and time suited to you. You don't even have to worry about meeting them—they'll come straight to your doorstep. As per your preferences, you'll do the assessment in either manual or automatic transmission.

Once your PassMeFast instructor has picked you up from your house and spoken to you about your previous driving experience, they'll let you take the reins for the hour and drive around your local area. The purpose of this assessment is to figure out which areas you're competent in and which ones might need more work—allowing the instructor to make a definitive recommendation in regards to course hours.

The instructor will take you around a variety of urban and residential areas in order to fully test your skills against different traffic and speed systems. You'll also find yourself facing different road types, e.g.:

  • Mini- and multi-lane roundabouts
  • High-speed A routes
  • One-way systems
  • Cross roads

Before you start panicking about being test on areas you haven't tried yet, you should know that the instructor will take your past experience into consideration. For example, if you've never been on a high-speed A road before, they probably won't ask you to do so in an assessment. Depending on how much experience you've had, you might also be asked to demonstrate the advanced manoeuvres, one of which will crop up on your test:

  • Parallel parking
  • Bay parking
  • Pulling up on the right

Of course, that's just the tip of the iceberg! The instructor will also be closely monitoring your general driving skills, including:

  • Use of mirrors
  • Speed awareness
  • Positioning
  • Steering

By the end of the hour, the instructor will give you their professional recommendation based off your driving performance. It's important to bear in mind that, while you might not fully agree with their recommendation, PassMeFast instructors have years of experience in teaching people to drive. As such, they know exactly what they're looking for. Of course, if you disagree with their opinion, you can still book onto your preferred course package.

What happens after a course assessment?

Once you've got your recommendation, you can review the course packages we have on offer at our course prices page, and book onto your chosen course as soon as you'd like. If you instantly clicked with the instructor who you took your course assessment with, you can (in most cases) take your PassMeFast course hours with them!

No matter how busy you are, or how quickly you'd like to get on the road, you can fit in all of your course hours in an intensive or semi-intensive manner. With our coverage of practical test centres across the UK, you don't have to worry about not being able to find a local instructor. And with a fast-track practical test available with all of our nine course packages, long driving test-waiting times are a thing of the past.

Getting everything sorted is as simple as booking in via our website or giving us a ring on 0333 123 4949. Got questions? Check out our FAQs or visit the PassMeFast blog for the latest driving test tips and guides.

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