I took mine in Connecticut; just fyi!
I had driven with an instructor through the typical route beforehand so I could know where the tricky areas were.
It wasn't hard at all, I knew what to expect and it was pretty standard. They're *generally* not out to trick you though there might be some tricky areas you drive through. I got in the car, the tester was a nice older man who chatted and told me what to expect. I pulled out, went around the block, came back, and had to back into a space. That was all expected. I'm sure the requirements are different depending on where you life. In ohio, where my brother got his license, you need to do a cone-type-test.
My test-dude chatted a lot with me, he was very nice. I think he was making sure I could drive with distractions, but my teacher was the same way so it didn't bother me. I messed up backing in the first time, but he let me back up and try to correct it. That was the only thing I did wrong, but thankfully I fixed my mistake!
I would just say you should make sure you stick to the speed limit. Even if it's like, 25. ALWAYS err on the side of caution!! If you're pulling out of somewhere, don't worry about waiting too long for cars to pass. And make sure you don't roll through stop signs - simple stuff like that.
Wow that's a lot of writing... um to sum it up there was nothing unexpected, it was way less stressful than I imangined, and I just made sure to be careful.
My brother reports that his was "easy" just fyi
And if you do make a mistake, no big deal... I failed my PERMIT test the first time around. Hahaha, no one fails that.
Ooh, and to make you feel a little less nervous. I didn't know how to use an emergency brake and for some reason I had too... like I had left it on, or something. The tester actually taught me how to use it! he didn't deduct points or anything
he said the first time he learned was driving a schoolbus down a really steepy hill when the brakes went out.