About the Driving Test

Learner's rarely pass driving tests, Drivers pass driving tests!

Our aim is to make a good learner become a good driver. Take your instructors advice with regard to booking and practicing and we can significantly improve the chances of a first time pass.

However, don’t be disheartened if you don’t pass, it is a difficult process and nerves can play a part.

Rest assured that all our staff care and we all want you to pass and we’ll be there for you every step of the way along this road to freedom.

JDM Driving School have a simple philosophy. We aim to be the kind of company that good driving instructors would work for. We then believe we will attract and keep the kind of driving instructors that customers would want to learn with and to be happy to pay for.

On this page we will detail the steps required in order to get you onto the Road to Freedom. If you need any advice or would like more information please do not hesitate to contact us.

Call us on: 0114 258 9872

Passed Test First Time

Tom Birtles of Wadsworth Ave, Intake S12.

Tom passed his driving test at the first attempt with his JDM instructor, Alan Marsden

Apply for Your Provisional Driving Licence

Your First Step on the Road to Freedom

To become a qualified driver, British citizens have to firstly purchase a Provisional Driving Licence, application forms are available at Post Offices or visit the following link for more information:


To get your first provisional driving licence online for a car you must:

  • Meet the minimim age requiment of 17 years old
  • You must be able to read (with glasses or contact lenses, if necessary) a car number plate made after 1 September 2001 from 20 metres. For more information of meeting the minimum eyesight requiment visit the following link: https://www.gov.uk/driving-eyesight-rules
  • not be prevented from driving for any reason
  • pay £34 by MasterCard, Visa, Electron, Maestro or Delta debit or credit card
  • have a valid UK passport or other form of identity
  • have your National Insurance number if known
  • provide addresses where you’ve lived over the last 3 years

Your licence should arrive within one week if you apply online.

The following link provides further detail on applying for your Provisional Driving Licence:


Beware of scams

Its important that you apply for your driving licence and your Driving Tests through the DVLA directly.

There are companies out there offering a online application service who will charge you an additional fee for doing exactly the same thing that you would do on the .GOV websites.

Theory test

Got Your Provisional Licence - Ready for the Next Step?

The Theory test is a 2 part test comprising of 50 questions (MCQ) with multiple choice answers provided and a Hazard Perception Test (HPT) in which you will watch 14 clips of video on a computer screen and click whenever a hazardous situation apears to be about to develop.

You will take these tests in a local office and not at a practical test centre. For example, in Sheffield, the Theory test takes place in Orchard House. This building is entered from Leopold Street near to the entrance of the Orchard Square shopping centre. (The corner of Fargate is to the right of the entrance)
NEW! We have teamed up with E Driving Solutions to provide FREE access to a website which can help you with both the Hazard Perception Test (HPT) and the Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)
To access this website free of charge, please email us from the “Contact Us” page of the JDM website and request a password. Please tell us WHO your JDM instructor is:


For further study for your theory test, we can help you by lending you the JDM CD-ROM and giving you mock MCQ sheets for homework. We strongly recommend you begin with a highway code and then use either a book, DVD or CD-ROM to learn the answers and reasoning behind the questions.

Why not use the FREE ONLINE highway code at:


You can also learn for the theory test by using any of these weblinks and subscribing:



There are many other online Theory Test Websites and apart from just searching the web, you could try clicking the link below:


Booking Your Theory Test

Your 2 stage Theory Test will cost £31.00. Both parts must be passed at the same sitting or both will have to be retaken.

To book your driver theory test, go online to:


PLEASE CONFIRM INTERNET BOOKINGS BEFORE LOGGING OUT – IE: Press confirm and please print out the full details and take the print out to the test center.

Practical Test

The Big Day on The Road to Freedom

Proposed changes to the  Practical Driving Test

Before we describe the CURRENT driving test, please be aware that in 2015 trials began on a new version of the driving test. This test MAY replace the current test during 2017..

The NEW test will involve using the examiners Sat-Nav to follow a pre-programmed route for 20 minutes.
in addition you may be asked to park on the right hand side of a road and traditional maneouvres such as turn in the road (3 pt turn) and reversing around corners will be DROPPED from the test.

The practical driving test has been frequently modified and even before any changes are introduced, the test you take TODAY will be different in some way from the one a well meaning relative or friend took a few years or decades ago.

Rest assured that your JDM instructor will have been been briefed on any changes and we believe our clients will face the new test as well prepared as possible.

Currently The test consists of a single reverse manoeuvre, chosen randomly by the examiner from four possible types of reversing exercise.
The newest major element is independent driving in which the candidate will be given several route directions at a time rather than a prompt at each junction. This is not a memory test, but will require the driver to deal with ongoing traffic and obstacles whilst looking ahead for junctions.

Your driving instructor has the expertise to prepare you and advise you for your practical test. After passing your theory tests and reaching the required standard, you will book a practical test. You will have a choice of test centers, so follow your instructors advice. For example, in Sheffield we have two DTC (Driving Test Centres) Handsworth* (Orgreave Way) and Middlewood (Winn Gardens). One is obviously handier for people in the East and the other ideal for those in the North West of the city. Candidates living in between will be advised based on factors as simple as the instructors personal preference and the test center with routes most suitable for YOUR ability as well as comparative lengths of waiting list etc

Your test is taken in the instructors car unless you choose to take your own car. On the day, you will need to pay your instructor for his time and use of car. Usually this is two hours, to include pick up one hour before the test, practice and final prep and then arrival at the DTC. You then use the car for your test and then the instructor takes you home afterwards.

The original *Handsworth test centre on Richmond Park Road closed in March, 2009 and was relocated to Acres Hill Lane in the Parkway Markets area from 6th April, 2009. The New Handsworth Test Center was opened in 2013 at an existing government truck testing facility on Orgeave Way

Test routes at the new Handsworth DTC are similar to those used at both the closed Parkway and the long demolished old Handsworth centre,

Reversing in to a parking bay IS a feature of the new test centre and takes place on the site. New routes that have been added include passing through areas like Aston, Swallownest and Treeton.

Your JDM Instructor will be familiar with areas that a candidate may find difficult and will ensure YOU are prepared for anything that the examiner might test you with!

Booking Your Practical Test

The cost of the Practical Driving Test starts at  £62.00 and increases to £74.00 if taken after 4pm or on weekend days. YOU CANNOT BOOK a practical test until you have passed the Theory.

To book your driver theory test, go online to:


PLEASE CONFIRM INTERNET BOOKINGS BEFORE LOGGING OUT – IE: Press confirm and please print out the full details and take the print out to the test center.

What the Test Involves

The Day of the Driving Test

It is typical to book an hour driving lesson to start ONE HOUR before the test. This gives you the opportunity to practice and arrive at the test centre IN THE SAME CAR that you will take your test having already practised all of the manoeuvres and exercises that you might be required to perform in the test. Therefore, you will arrive at the DTC (Driving Test Centre) with your JDM instructor.

You will be in the waiting room by the appointment time.

The only item you are required to produce is your PHOTOCARD Provisional Driving Licence. IF you have an older style (Pre 1996) licence, you will need other proof of identity.

At the appointment time, the examiners will appear and call your name. They will security scan your photocard licence and ask you to sign a declaration that your car is insured for this test. The examiner will compare the signature on your licence with the signature YOU have provided at this time. As a JDM customer, please sign with confidence because you ARE fully insured!

The examiner now leads you outside and will ask you to read a car number plate from the required distance (New style plates from 20.5m). He or She will then ask you to lead them to your car and at this stage will ask you 2 questions on car maintenance. (We will have prepared you for this during a previous lesson or by giving you a JDM leaflet) Once this is concluded, you will be asked to set off following the road ahead unless instructed otherwise by the examiner or by signs or road markings.

Tests are spaced 57 minutes apart. In this time YOU must be out for a minimum of 30 minutes. You will perform 1 of the reverse manoeuvres that you have learned, you will perform a contolled stop behind a vehicle and then set off at an angle, you will drive on a variety of roads and junctions and you may (1 in 3 chance) be asked to do an emergency stop.

From 4th October, 2010, you will perform 10 minutes of independent driving. This may be replaced in 2015 with driving using a Sat-Nav.

The examiner will ask you to pull up and then provide 3 or 4 directions for upcoming roads and junctions. These may include which signs to follow, a diagram or just simple verbal instruction. After completing the first set of directions, you will be given some more directions. You can ask for confirmation before going wrong and you will not be penalised for wrong turns. This is not a memory or geography test.

It is better to correctly go the wrong way than to incorrectly go the right way.

However, in trials, we have found candidates who are memorising a route are more likely to make mistakes with mirrors, signals, distances from parked cars, dealing with oncoming cars and mistimed gear changes etc.

After completing the Independent driving, the examiner will resume directing junction by junction.

You will return to the test centre and your result will be given to you. You will be asked if you would like your instructor to listen to the debrief so he/she can help you rectify problems etc. For those who pass: Your two part licence can now be given to the examiner and you will receive the pass cerificate until your full licence arrives in the post from the DVLA.

Your instructor will drive you home as you will either be too excited or sadly too upset. The national average pass rate is in the region of 44% with only a quarter of candidates passing first time. However, we will do everything WE CAN to help you pass and we expect YOU to do the same. Trust our help and advice. Drivers pass driving tests, not learners, so make sure you are driving as often as possible before your test.

Booking Driving Lessons in Sheffield

Are you planning to learn to drive in Sheffield? JDM Driving School have been the road to freedom for hundreds of new drivers in the Sheffield area.

Through our website you can book anything from a single lesson to a block of up to 30 driving lessons.

If you would like more information please don’t hesitate to contact us via our email form or call us on 0114 258 9872.

Show Me – Tell Me

Before your practical test, you will be asked TWO questions from a list of 19 possible questions in which the examiner will ask you to show or tell him how you would check if parts of the car were working.. for example, to test the horn, you simply make it BEEP! to test the brake lights, you press the brake pedal while someone checks the lights come on. Easy enough. We will give you a leaflet and coach you with the answers before you take the test. You can also visit “you tube” for a visual tutorial.