How long is the extended driving test
A extended practical driving test is taken when a driver gets disqualified and the court orders that they must retake the driving test. The extended driving test lasts for around 70 minutes which is significantly longer than the usual learner driver test.
All of what is involved in the 40 minute learner test is required in the extended test, although more manoeuvres and a wider variety of roads, in particular dual carriageways will be required.
The introduction, the eye test and Show Me Tell Me questions will take around 10 minutes or so. A full description of this part of the driving test can be found in What to expect on the driving test.
The driving test, what's involved and long it takesMuch of the 40 or so minute driving test will be the examiner assessing your driving whilst giving you directions on where to go. The driving test routes are set by the examiners themselves and are designed to be spread out over as many diverse roads and traffic conditions as possible within a particular radius of the test centre.
You can expect the test to include all types of junctions and crossroads, from quiet residential types to large multi-lane junctions. Roundabouts, again large multi-lane and small mini roundabouts often feature heavily. The examiner will also be assessing your ability for controlling the car, speed and passing distances.
Take your time at the manoeuvres
During some point in the driving test, the examiner will request a manoeuvre. The turn in the road and reverse round a corner are the most common, although you will still need to be proficient at the reverse parallel parking as there is still a high chance of this manoeuvre being requested.
How long is the independent driving part of the test
How long this part of the driving test lasts depends on traffic conditions. Generally, the independent part of the test last for around 10 minutes and will often include roundabouts, junctions, and crossroads of all types. This isn't a test of your ability to navigate, so taking an incorrect turn is not going to affect the outcome of your test. Just remain calm, look at all road signs and road markings and ask the examiner to repeat if need be.