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Repeating your test

What to do if you're unsuccessful and how to book a repeat driving test.

If you're unsuccessful in your driving test, your tester will give you a statement of driving test outcome. They will also quickly go through the main points on which you were unsuccessful on your test. This will help you identify areas to practice and improve on before you re-sit the driving test. 

You will need to apply for a new test

You should keep your statement of driving test outcome safe. You may need it if you have to renew your learner permit


Useful information

If you feel you have been tested unfairly and want to challenge the decision, you can appeal to the district court under Article 33 of the Road Traffic Act, 1961. The court can examine whether or not the test was conducted properly. If it finds that the tester did not conduct the test in accordance with procedures the court can direct that a further test be offered to you free of charge. 
If you are unhappy with how your driving test was conducted or feel you were unfairly treated, please complete the online form . 

These are the most common reasons that people fail their driving test: 

  • Inadequate observation moving off, at junctions, at roundabouts and when changing lanes 
  • Failure to anticipate the actions of other drivers 
  • Incorrect road position on the straight, on bends, turning left, turning right, at roundabouts, and when overtaking 
  • Inadequate progress at junctions, roundabouts, on the straight, and when overtaking 
  • Incorrect or inadequate use of mirrors and signals 
  • Non-compliance with traffic controls, eg road signs and markings and traffic lights 
  • Incorrect, inadequate or inappropriate use of vehicle controls, including gears, clutch, accelerator, steering, handbrake, footbrake, and secondary controls 
  • Excessive speed for the road or traffic conditions 
  • Failure to yield the right of way to others 
  • Lack of competence in the reverse and U-turn manoeuvres 

The most common additional reasons that people fail their motorcycle test: 

  • Failure to perform a U-turn correctly 
  • Inadequate control at slow speed 
  • Inadequate observations to the rear 
  • Incorrect or inadequate hand signals. 
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