From the age of 17 it is possible to do the practical test (2toDrive). If you pass the test before the age of 18, you can drive under the guidance of a coach of your own choosing up until your 18th birthday. From the day you turn 18 you’re allowed to drive without a coach. Read more about this on www.2toDrive.nl.
If you want to get used to the practical test situation and/or receive tips from a CBR examiner, there is the option of taking an intermediate test. This test is very similar to the real pactical test. The examiner determines whether you are able to drive safely and independently, while taking other road users into sufficient account. At the end of the test you will receive the examiner's opinion, whereby you will know what you still need to work on in preparation for the real test. With the intermediate test you can earn exemptions on the special manoeuvres, and you won't have to perform these during your practical test. The exemption applies only for the practical test immediately following the intermediate one. If you don't pass the practical test, you will have to perform the special manoeuvres again on the next practical test. Personally, I think the price of the intermediate test is too big a disadvantage: the CBR charges as much for an intermediate test as for a real practical test. I therefore never work with the intermediate test, but if you think it's useful to you, of course you can take it.
In addition to the normal practical test, there is also the option of taking a "fear of failure" test. This is meant for people who suffer from a lot of stress because they are afraid of failing the test. You are assigned an examiner specially trained in guiding people with this kind of anxiety. Extra time is taken before the test to make you feel at ease. During the test-drive there is also the option of taking a time-out (short break) if you feel the need: you stop the car in a secure place, and when you feel at ease again, the test resumes. The total time of this test is 80 minutes, as opposed to the 55 minutes of a normal test. The actual driving time of the test, however, is identical to that of the normal practical test: 35 minutes.
If you fail to pass the practical test four times, you will have to take a special test, called a "further investigation of driving skills" (BNOR) test. For this test you are given more time, and you'll receive close personal guidance throughout.
Only the driving school can apply for the practical test for you, pending your authorization. You can give your authorization by visiting the CBR-site and filling in the CBR-driving school number. The number for this driving school is 1242A8.