Basically you just drive around for 15 minutes. You'll need to do a 3 point turn, a U-turn, and a kerbside stop. They might try and throw a hillstart at you, a ploy against the manual folk. I think that's all, my memory is a little rusty.
I failed my first one - passing score was 90+, got 89, for debateable reasons. Don't be too upset or surprised if you 'fail' the first go. If anything, expect it - call it conspiracy but it's a cash grab and it helps young kids from getting over excited. 2nd one passed fine, was much less nerve racking having done it before. Didn't help when he gave directions at the last minute. "Turn right here" thanks dickhead, I'm in the left lane, and there's traffic there.
It will be a little hard, but that's only because L platers don't have, and fundamentally can't get, enough experience to be good at it. I strongly believe your learning happens on your P's. You learn more in the first month of driving on P's than you ever would on your L's. That I can practically guarantee.
You just have to watch for tricks and pitfalls.
- Ensure the testing officer puts his seatbelt on. Drive off = instant fail!
- RTA often puts Stop signs at their carpark exits, run it = instant fail!
- Hands on wheel at ALL times, unless necessary (gears, indicators etc). No control of car = instant fail (get the drift? )
- I find RTA Learner spots are often "Nose to Kerb" parking.
- Ensure your car is roadworthy and in good condition. Make sure it is registered. It's probably best to clean the inside out so you havn't got CDs and iPods and maccas chips everywhere. Ensure all your brake lights, indicators work. When I did mine I almost got told No becuase the towbar tongue was in front of the numberplate (mounted low in the bumper) thus obstructing it. I told him it had been there for the past 15 years and no-one else had ever said anything, so he let it slide, but food for thought. Sure, it's obvious, but people have and still fail for these reasons before even getting in the car.
- Always headcheck. Twice. Look, look back, indicate, head check again. Exhaggurate it so that s/he knows you did it, break your neck if you have to. Drive as though you don't have mirrors. Changing lanes, leaving kerb, everywhere everytime.
- Always look left/right at intersections.
- Scan. Constantly flick your head around to check mirrors and such.
- Slow down, or ready yourself to slow/stop, if approaching a hazard or somewhere with poor visibility.
- Watch your speedo like a hawk. Speeding = instant fail. Also, stay a little under - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parallax . Be careful though, too little speed can work against you as well. Know the signs.
- You'll probably never go in any 70+ zones nor need high gears (manual).
- Always leave proper gaps. 3 seconds moving. When stopped, basically make it so you can see the car in front's tyres just atop your bonnet.
- Watch for signs. Also, if they ask you to turn right, but there's a "No right turn" sign for example, I'd say refuse the request citing the sign.
- I'd say drive confidently, not grandma spec. I'd think, or atleast hope, that it looks good if they can see you thinking and making the right decisions.
- Indicate for atleast 30m. The distance between power or telegraph poles works as a good guide.
- Of course, know the area. Helps if your local, which I guess is usually likely. Helps a lot if you're familiar with tricky lanes, intersections etc.
That's all I can think of for now. A quick google turned this up, looks handy: http://driverighttraining.com.au/Driving-Test-Tips.pdf