Simulated driving test

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Improve your chances of passing your practical driving test

Whether you're preparing for your restricted or full driving test, our instructor will take you through a simulated practical test and assess your skills.

PLEASE NOTE: If you have already booked your Restricted or Full licence test we cannot guarantee that our Driving Instructors will be able to fit you in to their schedule for a Simulated test beforehand. Our Driving Instructors are often very busy and their bookings can be full for 1-2 weeks.

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The simulated practical driving test

Our Simulated Driving Test has been designed to prepare you for the real thing. Your instructor will guide you through the practical test and give you a report card at the end pointing out the skills you need to improve, any critical errors and immediate fail errors you might have made.

To get your restricted licence

It costs $134.80 to book your restricted practical test and the average pass rate is about 60%. You will improve your chances of passing if you book a Simulated Driving Test.

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The restricted practical test is in 2 stages. Stage 1 is 10 minutes and has 7 assessable tasks. It determines whether you are a sufficiently skilled and safe driver to proceed to the more challenging driving tasks of Stage 2.

You are allowed 2 critical errors but only one may occur in Stage 1. One immediate fail error at any time also means you will fail the test.

Getting your restricted - how it works Restricted licence test guide

To get your full licence

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It costs $109.50 to book your full licence test and the average pass rate is about 70%. Even if you have been driving on your restricted licence regularly and consider yourself a good driver, booking a Simulated Driving Test will prepare you for the test and improve your chances of passing.

If you make 2 critical errors or 1 immediate fail error at any time you will fail the test.

Getting your full - how it works Full licence test guide

Driving test errors  

Critical errorsImmediate fail errors
Too slow Testing Officer intervention
Too fast Failing to carry out instruction
Failing to look Collision
Failing to signal Failing to give way
Blocking a pedestrian crossing Excessive speed
Mounting a kerb Stopping at dangerous position
Stalling a vehicle Failing to stop
Incomplete stop at stop sign Other dangerous action
Other illegal action  
Restricted test
2 x critical errors at Stage 1 = Fail 1 x immediate fail error at any time = Fail
3 x critical errors at Stage 2 = Fail  
Full test
2 x Critical errors at any time= Fail 1 x Immediate fail error at any time = Fail

Cost of simulated driving test

City / TownCost per classTransmission
  Single Manual Automatic
Kerikeri $70    
Whangarei $65    
Auckland, Manukau, North Shore, West Auckland, Whangaparaoa $70    
Hamilton, Te Aroha, Morrinsville, Cambridge, Te Awamutu $70    
Matamata $70    
Taupo $70    
Tokoroa - (Limited availability for manual transmission lessons) $70    
Tauranga $70    
Katikati, Waihi, Thames, Paeroa $70    
Rotorua $70    
Hastings, Havelock North $70    
Napier $70    
New Plymouth $70    
Hawera $60    
Whanganui $70    
Palmerston North $75    
Levin and Otaki $75    
Wellington $75    
Masterton - (Manual simulated tests only available in customers vehicle) $70    
Upper Hutt $75    
Lower Hutt $75    
Paraparaumu $75    
Porirua $75    
Nelson, Richmond - (Manual lessons only available in customers vehicle) $70 ($60 if in own vehicle)    
Blenheim $65    
Christchurch $75    
Timaru $70    
Dunedin $75    
Oamaru $65    
Invercargill, Gore, Winton $60