Oh well, that doesn't sound so bad. I am not sure I could pass the theory! and at least you are not one of those people who have taken and failed your practical 30 times! You could well be first time lucky: female driver, how can I put this next point? Mature (well you are not 17 are you?) You should think positively.
when my friend failed his first test he didn't want to wait so long for his next one (massive waiting list in my area too for them) and he was told he could phone for cancellations. he got another test within about three weeks.
i'm not sure if this can be done for a first test too, but its worth looking into especially if your instructor thinks you will be ready.
of course it depends too if your lifestyle means you can just drop everything to do a test at short notice!!!!
My DH had his driving test cancelled (due to lack of test people) last week. He was told that it would be May before he could get another test, but he asked the woman on the phone to go through every test centre on her books and eventually it turned out that there was one available for two days time (the same day that the original test was cancelled).
He did say that he was prepared to do the test anywhere in London, which probably helped. But if you're desperate, it might be worth ringing the DSA back and making them go through all the test centres near you.
Totally outrageous part of the whole of DH's thing was that after cancelling his test, they charged him £3 extra to re-book as the price of the test had gone up in the meantime!
spoke to my old instructor last night. he says i can definatly pass my test by may if i'm determined enough. i have a lesson on thursday and will book a test after that lesson. better go cancel the other one now
misdee, do call regularly for a cancellation if your instructor thinks you are ready. It's pure luck if you phone just after someone has cancelled, but also they sometimes have lots of tests becoming available at short notice if another examiner decides to work on that day.