G - he was SO nervous that he kept making silly mistakes. For instance, at a roundabout which was stuffed full of traffic a women who was on the roundabout, and not going anywhere cos of the queue left a space and signalled he should drive through.
I understand it was safe, he assessed the situation AND FAILED for doing so.
So it was a mixture of taking the test too early and being unprepared, having some real old s@*t of an examiner, and being nervous to the point of being unable to function.
Each time he failed, the anticipation and worry became worse.
This time I got him some herbal pills to aid relaxation, and he'd been taking them for a week or so.
Did the trick! My mum gave me half a tab of valium when I took my test (20 yrs ago . . .) because I'd worked my self up into such a lather I coduld hardly function by the test date. That worked too!