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DVSA Special Test
The DVSA Special Test is a 60 to 90 minute voluntary Driving test that only ADI (Approved Driving Instructors) can enter.

The normal driving test is 38 to 40 minutes long.

The test takes place at the DVSA headquarters in Cardington, Bedfordshire.

It was formally known as the Cardington Special Test.

It is a pity that only Driving Instructors can enter as if it was open to the public then maybe on passing they would want to be Driving Instructors.

There are 4 ratings: Gold, Silver, Bronze and Fail.

This is the toughest civilian driving test in the country.

You have to 2 to 4 manoeuvres:

1. Pull over on the right, reverse 2 car lengths and drive on again;
2. Parallel (Reverse) Park;
3. Forward Bay Park and
4. Reverse Bay Park.

On the normal driving test you have to do one manoeuvre.

You also have to do an Emergency Stop, I did this at a good 42 miles per hour on a country road, it was awesome.

On the normal driving test you have a 1 in 3 chance that they will ask you to do the Emergency Stop and they normally only do it at around 20 mph.

The reason why I did it was because I wanted to experience what learners go through when they do the driving test so that I can help them better.

I passed and was graded a Bronze.

Here is a clip of me explaining the DVSA Special Test from a driving instructors view.

Artwork © 2019 Kamile Ambrazunaite
Artwork © 2019 Kamile Ambrazunaite