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Our Pretest lessons have proven to be the main reason our pupils pass their test first time at all driving test centres.

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Gain the confidence to pass your test with our Pretest Lessons.

Time to kick start your Pretest Driving Lessons with one of the highest rated driving schools around your town and Dublin City.

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Start Your Pretest Lessons

It’s pretty simple to get started just follow these steps.

Start with us Start with us
We will see and assess your starting point and then start with your required driving lessons.
Find your instructor Find your instructor
Once you have made contact we will pair you with a local National driving instructor.
Pass the test Pass the test
You will have the same driving instructor all the way from EDT to passing your full driving test.

Pretest Driving Lessons

Passing your driving test couldn’t be any easier with our pretest lessons.

Pretest Driving Lessons

Pretest Driving Lessons Dublin

Our Pretest lessons have proven to be the main reason our pupils pass their test first time at all Driving Test Centres. Why is that you think? Aren’t all instructors the same? Absolutely not.

We are one of the most respected schools in this country and even the Testers understand the level we operate at.

You see any school can talk about how magnificent they are but here at NDS we like to show these facts.

We like you to see for yourself why everyone is talking about us. We don’t do the talking our pupils do.

Pretest Preparation to Pass Your Driving Test

Preparation is Key to Passing Your Test

You wouldn’t attend a job interview without doing your groundwork on speech and presentation would you? then why appear for the driving test without the pretest preparation?

Pretest works the same for you as your final revision before the exam to memorise and practice the important aspects to give your best.

A Pretest is the most essential step before you appear for the final driving test to polish your skills and practice the techniques on road with one of our instructors.

Pretest Preparation to Pass Your Driving Test
What Happens on Your Pretest Driving Lessons

What Happens with your Instructor on the Pretest

You need to inform your instructor of your driving test date and/or to the sponsor who is going to train you on the pretest training also.

It is advisable to start your pretest after you complete the 12 EDT lessons with our driving instructor.

This gives more time to test yourself and an enhanced evaluation from our instructor which will solve your shortcomings in a limited time and to work on the areas which need more practice.

Tips to follow on your day of Driving Test

You must be looking for some short tricks to make it to the test in one go but you must know that practice is the only key to crack it in your first attempt. Still there are many things you can keep in mind to perform better.

  • You should be confident about your driving skills as you have passed all the 12 EDT lessons and if you have also attended the pretest session then you will be relaxed during the test.
  • Do not think of skipping the pretest session as it might cost you a lot later. Pretest is very essential to polish your skills and to improve the weak points if any.
  • Do not forget to revise the important road and traffic signs and to abide by them when you are driving during the test. Make sure to follow all the signs that will come in your way.
  • Study the rules provided by the RSA as you will be asked some theory questions also.
  • Get all your documents prepared a few days before the test.
  • Come to the centre early to avoid any kind of delay in the process.
  • Always remember the 2 second rule to maintain the distance between the two cars.
  • Be careful near the roundabouts.
  • Even if you think you have committed a mistake, do not dwell over it rather continue to drive with confidence as the mistake may not be too big as it may seem to you.
  • If you are joining our program of pretest then you don’t need to worry about all these points as you will be provided with all these details and more and we will prepare you to face all the difficulties during the test and also how to handle it.
You must practice well before the driving test with our pretest driving lessons to get the detailed information of what you will be facing on the day of the real driving test. We will prepare for you all the challenges so that nothing would seem difficult to you during that day of your full driving test.
With our pretest, you will become familiar with the driving test routes, the difficulties that you might face will be sorted in this sessions. With absolute practice, it will give you confidence to give your best and as you would have already gone through all those challenges, so it won’t seem difficult to you on the day of your driving test.
What Happens on Your Pretest Driving Lessons

What will you get in a Pretest?

  • Real time experience of the ground course.
  • Testing of your skills to find all the shortcomings and mistakes that you can make.
  • Practice lessons to revise the driving around the corners and traffic.
  • Practice through difficult routes and examining your speed and skills with it to improve.
  • Road and traffic signals to be followed and revised.
  • Giving you tips to perform better to guarantee a pass.
First Lesson

Before your first driving lessons you must have the following in order

So your all geared up for your fist driving lesson with your National driving instructor!

To help get you on the road to passing your test and becoming a safe driver for life, we need to make sure you have everything in order. Find out below!

1. Learner Permit 1. Learner Permit
A learner permit allows you to learn to drive on public roads with your driving instructor.
2. Tax & Insurance 2. Tax & Insurance
If you want to learn to drive within your own vehicle you will need to make sure your tax & insurance is valid.
3. Good Attitude 3. Good Attitude
We love our learners and strive to give them the best learning experience there is.
What people say

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Muhammed SaheemMuhammed Saheem
13:35 10 Dec 23
Thanks to National Driving School and Instructor Seweryn, I passed my driving test on the first attempt. Seweryn's expert guidance and personalized lessons made the process efficient and enjoyable. I highly recommend National Driving School for their professionalism and commitment to student success. Grateful for the positive experience!
19:30 08 Dec 23
Passed my test today in Tallaght! Thanks to Michael Slattery for all the help without him I would'nt have the road experience I would have today!
Albina MyrhorodskaAlbina Myrhorodska
11:04 08 Dec 23
Two days ago I passed a driving test in Tallaght at first attempt. I had 3 pre-tests and a mock test with Elaine who is a star. She spots your every move without making a big deal out of it so you won't be intimidated while having lessons. She isn't my original instructor, but I'm glad I had to have pre-tests with her. Elaine is highly professional and will make sure you get ready of almost all your bad habits after the first hour. She will both get along with you and keep it professional so you won't forget that you're in the process of learning without making you nervous. She'll make sure to correct as much bad behavior as possible so when you are doing your practical test, even if you're nervous, you'll get as few marks as you could.
Islam EmaraIslam Emara
22:41 07 Dec 23
Passed my test today in Navan.Special thanks to my instructor Paul Fleming.He is so calm,patient,informative,corrected my bad habits and helped me to gain confidence on the road.
Eoin FitzEoin Fitz
21:28 07 Dec 23
Had both Emmet and Ross as my instructors, both were very helpful and made sure I was well prepared to pass on my first attempt.
Bosola Ojewale (Fay'd)Bosola Ojewale (Fay'd)
15:12 07 Dec 23
Lukas: great ADI, very experienced and trustworthy. Really helped me relax before my test.
Karl SalingerKarl Salinger
14:25 07 Dec 23
I had Thiago for lessons and Chris for a pretest, best instructors around. Highly, highly recommend.
Maja KitaMaja Kita
14:07 07 Dec 23
Today I’ve passed my first ever driving exam in TALLAGHT with my amazing instructor Łukasz! He is the most knowledgeable person I’ve ever met. He showed me that even a person with driving anxiety can pass the exam and feel confident behind the wheel. He is very patient and very helpful, answering even the most basic questions I had. Couldn’t recommend him enough! Thank you Łukasz!
Leah CoxLeah Cox
18:09 06 Dec 23
I did a few lessons with Elaine and she was so helpful. I got my test date with short notice and Elaine made time for me to do a few lessons before it. If I hadn’t had her help I wouldn’t have passed first time. She was very patient and explained everything so I had no questions going into the test. She is a great instructor and I’m delighted to have passed my test. 10 stars 🤩
christy mensechristy mense
16:29 06 Dec 23
I Passed my driving test today on my first attempt, all credit goes to my instructor Seweryn From National Driving School. He helped throughout this process, he helped me with my theory test, how to apply my Reduced EDT (as i have my international license with me), My pretest lessons, Even Seweryn choses two routes today for my pre test session and told me one of this route will be selected as your final driving test and guess what? the first one was my driving test route. for all the Irish and non Irish residents(mainly) I would recommend him as we can clearly understand the basic rules and he will force you to repeatedly do the maneuver's to make you perfect for the final test.
Mechell FayMechell Fay
21:53 05 Dec 23
Fully recommed this company. Lessons 100% tailor made for students.
Manu manoosManu manoos
19:08 05 Dec 23
I would highly recommend Dave with whom I have done my EDTs. A couple of pre tests, and then absolutely nailed it my first time itself!!!
Deepthy MuraleedharanDeepthy Muraleedharan
16:24 05 Dec 23
I cleared Driving test today and all thanks to my instructor Chris for the pre test sessions. I recommend taking lessons from Chris , he gives clear instructions on what to follow and what not to do while driving/during the test. He has taken me through all the test routes and helped me understand the tricky points that go unnoticed generally while taking turns or round abouts. His constructive feedback helped to correct the mistake and pass the test.Thanks,Deepthy
Patrick LewisPatrick Lewis
09:58 01 Dec 23
Was really apprehensive about my upcoming test, so booked in for two pre-tests with Chris Kennedy! He was an unbelievable help with my driving and confidence also 👍💪 I thankfully managed to pass and couldn’t be happier with the service I got from National Driving School. Have already recommended it to one of my friends who has an upcoming test!!
Aifeila TuerdiAifeila Tuerdi
00:12 24 Nov 23
Recently passed my driving test with instructor Kevin. Extremely grateful for his guidance and expertise. Kevin's patient teaching style and thorough explanations made the learning experience enjoyable and effective. I highly recommend him as an instructor. Thank you, Kevin, for helping me become a confident and skilled driver!
Wojciech8 TWojciech8 T
09:48 12 Oct 23
Today I've had my driving test and passed first time. My instructor was Peter and I have to say, I am not sure if things would go my way without him. He always goes over everything very clearly and makes sure that you understand everything, it's never a boring lesson with him. Always on time, and never had cancelled a lesson last minute. I would definitely recommend and just wanted to say thank you one more time!
Shamsun Nahar KhanShamsun Nahar Khan
10:02 25 Sep 23
I did my EDT lessons with Chris Kennedy and passed the first time with very few marks. I was a very nervous driver at the beginning but Chris's positive approach really helped me stay calm, focused and boosted my confidence with every lesson. His instructions were simple and clear which made a very pleasant learning experience. Chris knows all the test routes and ensured I was familiar with the routes too. I did a pretest on the test routes and he highlighted everything I needed to work on before the test. He is the BEST instructor, and if not for him I wouldn't have had the confidence and courage to take the driving test. I highly recommend Chris.
Shane BrewsterShane Brewster
15:01 29 Aug 23
I just passed my test first time because of Chris. He's the best teacher I've ever had for anything.Very friendly, puts you at ease from the first moment. Incredibly knowledgeable about the routes, cars, the process and what the testers are looking for. He's very encouraging and clear in explaining where you could improve.I would 100% recommend Chris and already have plenty of times to family and friends.Thanks again for making the lessons a pleasure!
Sophie ByrneSophie Byrne
18:04 24 Nov 22
I passed my driving test this morning with the help of instructor Chris O’Dowd. I can’t recommend Chris enough! He was very patient and helpful with my driving since the very beginning even in times I didn’t feel confident enough. He encouraged me and constantly reassured me throughout my lessons and pretests. He walked me through the whole driving test process to calm my nerves, he really is the best instructor I could’ve asked for. His advice and unbelievable teaching will stick with me for life. Thank you Chris for everything, you are the best at what you do.
Liliana CarutoLiliana Caruto
15:48 11 Nov 22
After getting my test date confirmed and having completed EDT with a different instructor I was lucky to find NDS online, Jackie did a great job at booking me in their busy schedule and was booked a pre test with Chris Kennedy in Dun Laoghaire, what can I say!!! ….Whatever I write here will be short of praise to what this man deserves!!! In my very first few minutes of meeting him he made me feel at ease and in just one session I was clear on what I needed to work on while also being encouraged on what I was doing well. He built my confidence and after two more sessions I went on to pass my Test within my very first go at it, and with only two marks!!! ???????? I had only been driving for a year but he was exactly what I needed to polish my skills and give me the confidence necessary to pass my test, first time around!! I couldn’t recommend Chris anymore, if you want to pass your test he is your Man!! ???? thank you so much Chris, you are amazing at what you do!!
muhammad Shakeelmuhammad Shakeel
13:19 30 Sep 22
Can not recommend Mick from NDS enough!! Passed my test on 24/9/22, Mick gave the best advice and helped me improve my driving so much , Also the difference in my confidence to pass was all due to Mick’s help! Definitely would not have passed without his help, highly recommend! Thanks so much mick you are the best
jimmy turnerjimmy turner
09:53 19 Aug 22
After Being with 2 other instructors before chris Kennedy from dun laoghaire, I can't put into words how amazing he is as someone who gets anxious very easily he was amazing and made me so comfortable along with helping with my confidence. I will be getting my girlfriend to do them with him for sure as I wouldn't go back to anyone else, his knowledge and ability to teach is unbelievable. Thanks so much Chris you're amazing I couldn't have passed without you.
Carla WhelanCarla Whelan
20:38 15 Aug 22
Had a brilliant experience learning to drive with Mick. I had been learning with another instructor previously and gave up as I was getting nowhere. I restarted automatic lessons with Mick and flew through my test first time! He is a brilliant teacher, very calm and so friendly which is absolutely what you need from your instructor! Can't thank him enough for all his help, I couldn't have done it without him and would absolutely recommend him to anyone looking for lessons!
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Why Choose Us

We are not just your normal run of the mill driving school. We are a driving school of excellence. We ensure our pupils get the best value for money for the best driving instruction in the business. This is how:



Our level of experience in the driving school industry spans over 30 years. We have come to see it all.



You can be sure our fully qulaified driving instructors are some of the best trained driving instructors in Ireland.



Been approved training instructors with the RSA you can be sure your driving lessons are safe guarded.



We provide free WhatsApp, Text and Calls support during the entire process of learning how to drive.

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Frequently Asked Questions

You can find our most popular frequently asked questions around driving lessons below

Why choose National Driving School?
National Driving school has gained a reputation and excelled way beyond industry standards. From day one of attending your first lesson in our National driving school car to passing your driving test, we are more professional than most others in this industry. Pass your driving test after you learn to drive with us and you will find that we work constantly to offer higher passing rates at National Driving School. We work closely with you to match your pace at a budget that suits you.
How soon can I take my driving lessons?
At National Driving School, we aim to connect you with a qualified National Driving School instructor within an hour of your enquiry. Once we assign you a National Driving School instructor, he/she will coordinate with you to schedule a particular date and this way your lesson is booked with us. From then on all communication will be carried out between you and your driving instructor. If you are Looking at loads of bookings for our National driving instructors, we would recommend you to pre-book your lessons a couple of weeks beforehand.
Can I pick the car I want to learn in?
Our driving instructors are free to decide, but we maintain a stringent policy regarding their vehicles. Almost 99% percent of our driving instructor cars are Ford Fiestas from 171 to the latest year. We make this mandatory so that the instructors teach in updated and dual-controlled cars. The cars used by instructors are clean, maintained, and ready to go! We also help you avail car hire facility for your driving test with your preferred instructor.
Can I check the reviews for the driving instructors?
For sure! We have over 600 hundred 5 star reviews that we are proud of all over the internet. You can view a lot of reviews we have shown with our particular National driving instructors’ names to help you locate the individual ones closest to your location. You can also find our latest reviews on our Facebook and Google.
How many driving lessons do I need?
It is a common question raised by most learners. Well, it depends. Our students take 30 hours of driving lessons on average before passing their practical exam – 17 hours fewer than the national average! If you are a newbie, we would suggest you book our 30-hour package. If you pass the exam faster, we will refund the number of hours unused (provided you have used a minimum of 20 hours). On the other hand, if you need some extra hours of learning, you can top up on an hourly basis to train until you appear for your driving test. If you book a smaller learning package to begin with, no worries- you can top by on an hourly basis once you are done with your 1st package to be test-ready.
What are the prices for driving lessons?
To know about the driving lesson prices, simply click here and enter your details and raise an enquiry. We will send you an email with the price details. You can rest assured and leave everything else to our crew here at National Driving school. We will ensure that we connect you with the most suitable driving instructor. After connecting with an instructor, you can schedule and begin your journey towards being a fully licensed, safe driver.
How can I pay for my driving lessons?
You can pay your allocated National driving instructor directly. We do not manage any payments except gift vouchers for driving lessons through our website. You can discuss the payment structure with your driving instructor. Our driving instructors offer discounts, easy payment plans, and special offers for bulk bookings.
Where would be my pick-up & drop point?
We connect you with a National driving instructor from your nearby locations, so your pick up and drop off point will be at your house or agreed central location. If you want to change your pick up & drop off location, for example, work and school, our instructors will make the necessary arrangements provided these locations are within their driving lessons’ vicinity.
What documents do I need to bring along to the driving lessons?
You should bring your learner permit for every driving lesson you attend. When you get the EDT logbook after the very first EDT lesson, do not forget to carry it with you during every driving lesson.
Do you offer booking schedules that suit my schedule?
Do not worry as we offer flexible booking schedules at National Driving school. Our driving lessons are available during weekdays, weekends, and on days that are convenient for you.

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