I passed my test 4th time round...I don't like prime numbers!! (That's my excuse, and I'm sticking to it!!)
1st time: serious fault for "obstructing the flow of traffic". I turned a corner to find a car in the middle of the road with the boot lid open. The driver got in, so I figured he was moving into the space just ahead of him (no room to pass otherwise). He didn't. As the examiner said he didn't think we were going to get through any time soon, I'd best reverse back out - 2 cars came round the corner. My instructor (certified examiner too) had been sat in the back wasn't happy with his assessment as it wasn't my fault the git was in the road. 30 seconds earlier and I would have been oit of there. 30 seconds later, the other cars would have been there and the exminer would probably have told me to take next left instead.
2nd time: 1 dangerous, 1 serious, nerves got the better of me. Dangerous was on a roundabout, missed a car coming round - examiner sort of said oh bother and go quick. I then cocked up a bay park and nearly twatted another car. Seeing as I didn't hit it and I'd already failed - he marked it as a serious lol. He was actually a nice bloke
3rd time: 1 & a half serious. (Same examiner as 1st time). I was asked to continue straight on through a set of lights, which necessitated moving to the right hand lane. Traffic was incredibly heavy and I eventually got let in. He didn't mark anything on his sheet at this point. On the home stretch, he told me I did an un-authorised emergency stop (I slowed down to let a truck through a gap). Apparently he KNEW the truck was going to pull out on me and so should I. As such I should have slowed down earlier. He then wrote down the 1st incident as a serious...turns out for one serious, they have to write a report...
4th time: 1 minor. Same examiner as 1 and 3...plus an independent standards assessor. Turns out there was an examiner who was deemed to be overzealous in bis assessments...guess who that was?! This time, the miserable git was cheery amd chatty. When he told me I'd passed, I made a quip about failing 3 times - twice with him. I actually thought the minor was going to be clipping a kerb as I moved over to let an ambulance through. Turns out he was too focused on where the siren was to notice lol I got the minor for innapropriate speed and gearing going round a bend
Have a looksee on the cashback websites. I got 6% cashback on 4 ZZ3'S (As per Stoney's recommendation). I ended up going through Tyreshopper for the best price. Think it was around the 70 quid a corner mark. (Can't remember exactly - had 4 months at sea since then lol)