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Theory and Practical Test Update 2021 - Covid 19

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Keep Calm and Study On - Theory and Practical Test Update


In England:

  • Both Theory Tests and Practical Driving Tests are currently suspended in England because of the national lockdown.
  • The proposed date to restart driving lessons and Theory Tests is Monday 12 April 2021.
  • Practical Driving Tests are due to restart on the 22 April 2021.

In Scotland

  • Both Theory Tests and Practical Driving Tests are suspended in Scotland due to the temporary lockdown.
  • Theory tests will restart on 26 April 2021 at the earliest.

In Wales

  • Theory Tests and Practical Driving Tests are both suspended in Wales because of the alert level 4.
  • Theory tests will restart on 12 April 2021 at the earliest.

More information can be found on the driving lessons, theory tests and driving tests on the website. 

The cancellation of Theory Tests and Practical Driving Tests have been of a direct result of the unprecedented spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). Across the UK the DVSA has taken preventative action to combat this highly infectious virus by shutting the doors of their Theory Test centres, and putting a halt to Practical Driving Tests.

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Has your test been cancelled?

Amidst the unravelling of the COVID-19 developments, you might have received an email from the DVSA saying your test has been cancelled. Don’t panic, everybody would’ve also received this email. Rest assured, you will be receiving a refund within a few weeks from the DVSA - a confirmation email will be sent out in due course. You will then be able to go ahead and rebook your test

NOTE: For those of you that passed your Driving Theory Test two years ago, but haven’t taken your Practical Test, the DVSA have also provided an update. Legally, your test certificate cannot be extended under any circumstances, even in the current situation with COVID-19. So if you’re reaching the two-year mark since passing your Theory Test, you might be forced to resit your Theory Test again before you can take your Practical Driving Test. 

What you should do if your Theory Test is affected

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) will contact you if your test is affected by local restrictions and tell you what you need to do. If your test has been postponed, use the additional time to ensure that you're fully prepared for your Theory Test once the test centres reopen. The Pass Guarantee and Learner Plan within the Driving Test Success 4 in 1 app will help to guide you through your learning and get you test ready.   Find out more about the UK's No.1 Theory Test app which is available on Android, iOS and Amazon Appstore.

If you haven't already, be sure to join Learner Hub, our community of learner drivers where you can share tips, ideas and test advice. To help you get through this period of uncertainty and worry because of COVID-19, we will be posting revision refreshers and test preparation activities on a weekly basis, to help you keep on top of your studies. Check us out today - 

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