News Update October 11th 2012 -DSA online services update
BT has advised that the issues affecting DSA online services won't be fixed until
Saturday 13 October.
This means that the practical test booking service won't be available until then,
so DSA advises you or your customers to wait until Saturday before trying the online
booking service again.
This also applies to the online instructor services.
Urgent cancellations and changes
In the meantime, you or your customers can email urgent cancellations or test changes
Theory test bookings remain unaffected.
DSA apologises for any inconvenience this causes.
DSA practical test bookings affected by cable theft
Cable theft at BT is currently affecting DSA's online services.
This means neither you nor your customers will be able to book a practical test online
or by phone at the moment.
This also affects the online instructor services, so you won't be able to use those
BT expects the problem to be fixed tomorrow (Friday 12 October).
FIVESTAR Prices held (October 2012)
Lesson prices held even though petrol prices increase…
New Five Star Forum (5th February 2012)
On 5th February 2012 Five Star created a new learner driver Forum, please feel free
to click the link below to sign in.
Better testing for better drivers(Published by DSA 23rd January 2012)
From Monday 23 January, the driving theory test will no longer use pre-published
questions in a move to stop candidates from learning answers by rote.
Until now all the questions used in the driving theory test have been published.
These changes will mean that learner drivers and riders gain a better understanding
of driving theory, because they can no longer rely on simply learning which options
are correct for individual questions.
Road Safety Minister Mike Penning said:
“By bringing a stop to publication of theory test questions we aim to encourage candidates
to prepare by learning each topic area thoroughly rather than just memorising the
questions and answers.
“The intention is to improve candidates’ knowledge and understanding of driving theory,
so that they are more able to retain and apply it when they are on the road.”
The familiar theory test books and software still offer revision questions for candidates
to test themselves and assess their progress. They now also have exercises so learners
can practice applying their knowledge on each topic to case studies. There are also
new sections of revision support for motorcyclists and a free e-book for car drivers.
The agency has also launched its first iPhone apps for theory test revision, which
also help candidates to study and monitor their progress at their convenience as
they approach their test date. These are available from the iTunes Store.
DSA books, electronic books and software are available to order or download from
TSO at tsoshop.co.uk/dsa and all good bookshops
Shorter version of independent driving video published(Published by DSA 2nd November
DSA has published a shorter version of the video that explains what independent driving
is. It focuses on what candidates have to do during the independent driving section.
The original version explained what the test was like before October 2010. It also
included feedback from candidates that took part in the independent driving trials.
Watch the shorter version of ‘Independent driving in the driving test’