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The DSA heavily relies upon the Data Protection Act in the way it informs you of your driving test performance

It (DSA) regards the information it gives you as private and confidential
This, in itself, correctly upholds the very essence of the Data Protection Act and its (DSA) sense of self importance in protecting information collated about you reinforces the DSA interpretation of the Data Protection Act
How it used to be (in the politically incorrect days)
  • Well, back in the "good old days" examiners would happily discuss (out of earshot) a clients performance with the instructor
  • This informal chat gave an instructor a valuable insight into the test drive
  • This informal instructor / examiner chat was highly constructive and never undermined your confidentially
  • In fact, this informal chat often improved the performance at the next attempt (if that was the case)
  • And...constructive appraisal passed from examiner to instructor to pupil

Nowadays we're all politically correct
At the end of your Test the examiner will say either
  • "I am sorry but you have not reached the standard"
  • "I am pleased to say that you have passed your Driving test"

At this point the examiner will ask you if you would like an explanation of your driving faults

If you say "Yes" a debriefing follows

  • If you've failed...
  • ...You're probably feeling so fed up you'll probably not take in what the examiner is saying

  • If you've passed....
  • ...well you really don't care what the examiner is saying
  • Though everyone will tell you to listen carefully

The examiner should ask you if you want your Instructor to hear the debriefing, regardless of whether you have passed or failed
  • If you've failed I strongly recommend you ask your instructor to hear the debrief
  • From experience, the fault analysis of the examiner may not always clearly explain the fault that occurred
  • And remember, if you have just failed your driving test you may not be in a coherent state to hear a logical, or otherwise, explanation of why you failed

Your Instructor could be your best friend
I am led to believe that, examiners in the main, are fair and accurate in their assessment of a drivers ability
But now and again some odd debriefings are issued
Follow this link From the mouths of and see if you can understand them. It's taken me, as a Grade 6 Driving Instructor, some rational thought to unravel them

This page is dedicated to all of us who don't pass the Driving Test first time...and that's quite a few of us...including me
Examiner briefings can be vague to the point of being patently useless
Always have your instructor at your driving test debrief
Your Instructor could be your best friend