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Brilliant all round help in maximising your chance of success ...
on 26 July 2010
The Complete Learner Revision Pack provided by DSA is not so different from other similar electronic revision aids for learner and post test drivers alike; it features three disks covering each hurdle you will have to overcome in order to secure that lifetime pass of pure freedom. These consist of: A hazard perception kit, theory test practice and advice and guidance for the practical test. I will cover each of these in turn and attempt to convince you that this all in one set is actually worth the slightly heftier price tag given, as for me having just passed both my tests I have found it an indispensible tool right the way through the suprisingly short process.
I - The Theory Test Disk
The theory test disk covers as you would expect; the complete question set specified by DSA, an invaluable tool combined with the use of the new case-style questions for convenience. This is relatively unique compared to other software available which too often just displays the preset questions, although useful doesn't in my view guarantee success in the theory. The ability to take the multiple choice test as many times as you like is another common feature, yet in this version your results are analysed in greater scrutiny providing a consistent and coherent methodological process to aid and secure your expanding knowledge. On the night before my test I did a solid run through of the mock's provided on the disk, after about ten repeats (with different questions) securing 45/50 as the worst I convinced myself I was set, it worked! On my actual theory test I scored 49/50 in the theory, purely from this disk.
II - The Hazard Perception Disk
The second part of this triple pack concerns the other half of the theory, and provides a step by step process to identifying, anticipating, recognising and responding to various hazards narrated by Suzi Perry. Apart from her nice physique, the videos are very satisfying to watch, and in a way help you to articulate your thoughts through the mouse clicks. There are over 15 video's to watch and you can opt to pause and look at information and advice provided by the creators of the test about when to click. In addition the software provides you with regular feedback, and importantly for me a guide to the day of your test. On the night before to ease your nerves it has a video guide to the theory test included as an extra to ensure there are no nasty surprises awaiting you. It runs smoothly and efficiently; although in my opinion they could have included more videos and allowed more interaction in the actual guide, it does get the job done; and definately helped me to secure my pass of 65/75 in the hazard. Oh, and it includes the most up to date highway code.
III - Preparation for Practical Test
In my view the most useful as it covers a range of areas relating to the practical test including; advice, how to practice, recommended skills and time needed, spot test questions that an examiner may ask and most importantly of all, a mock driving test in action. As usual the disks run smoothly and is easy to navigate, advice is displayed clearly and really helps bring to life whats expected and required on the big day. As it is produced by the actual guys who set the driving tests it gives it extra weight and re-affirms that you are not wasting your time.
Overall a great three disk set, covers EVERYTHING you need to know and goes above and beyond other software by giving you additional links, advice to stay calm and revise, detailed analysis of how you cope to the various tests thrown at you and further reinforced by the knowledge that it was produced officially by the people who wrote the tests. Alongside loads of extra's like constant updates, the highway code, FAQ's and case study questions and THE ONLY software to give you full official explanations and guidance its well worth the extra few bucks. Of course it has its down sides in that it is much longer then other disks and of course more expensive, ultimately you can always ebay or of course (amazon) it, to get some money back, but there is really no need as you can keep it for the near future when you first set out on your own giving you complete confidence, as it has done for me!
A solid 10/10