Passing your Test.

The practical motorcycle test is split into two separate modules - the off-road module (MOD 1 ) and the on-road module (MOD 2).


Stuff you need to take with you…
You must bring the following documents with you. Read this information carefully. If you do not bring the right documents, the Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency (DvSA) may refuse to carry out the test and you may lose your fee.

For all types of tests…You must bring:
Your Theory Test Pass Certificate (or confirmation) if you are not exempt.

Your  Photo Card Driving Licence.

Specifically for motorcycle tests…
You must also bring your:

Compulsory Basic Training Certificate (CBT) to both modules of the Practical Riding Test.

Motorcycle Module One Test Pass Certificate (Mod 1) to your Module Two Test (Mod 2).

If you have an old-style paper licence…
You must take your signed Driving Licence and you must also bring a Valid Passport. No other form of photographic identification will be accepted!

What to do if you have lost your driving licence…
If you misplace your driving licence, you must apply for a replacement from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), which could take up to 15 days. If this happens, you may have to rearrange your test.

What to do if you have lost your theory test certificate…
If you have lost your certificate, you should contact DVSA. Although DVSA does not issue replacement certificates, they’ll be able to send you a brief letter containing your certificate number. When you contact DVSA about your lost certificate, you’ll need to give your name and driving licence number.

What you need to Wear…
“The DVSA is reminding learner motorcyclists to wear suitable clothing when they take their module one and two motorcycle tests. While most motorcycle trainers encourage their pupils to wear the best protective motorcycle gear that they can afford, some candidates aren’t following this advice. DVSA doesn’t want to restrict candidates to wearing the most expensive protective motorcycle clothing. However, DVSA’s examiners won’t ignore or condone riding a motorcycle or scooter while wearing unsuitable clothing!”

Tests won’t go ahead if you are inappropriately dressed…
Examiners might tell you that your test won’t go ahead if you arrive inappropriately dressed. However, where possible, examiners will give you the chance to find suitable clothing within the time available. DVSA won’t pay out-of-pocket expenses if your test is cancelled because of inappropriate clothing!

Guide to Suitable Clothing…
As a general guide the following is an indication of the minimum level of clothing acceptable: motorcycle boots sturdy footwear or boots that provide support and ankle protection textile or leather motorcycle trousers heavy denim trousers heavy denim jacket with several layers underneath textile or leather motorcycle jacket motorcycle gloves

The following are examples of clothing that are “not” acceptable:

→ Lightweight training shoes
→ Canvas basket ball trainers
→ Any form of clothing with areas of exposed skin
→ Shell suit or lightweight tracksuit
→ Distressed ripped jeans
→ Lightweight fleece or hoody
→ No gloves or skiing gloves

In all cases it’s a legal requirement that riders wear an approved and correctly fastened motorcycle safety helmet,* with suitable eye protection (*an exception is made for members of the Sikh religion wearing a turban).

Before you start your Test
Your examiner will check that your eyesight is up to scratch by asking you to read a number plate from a distance of 20.5 metres.

Next he will ask you two questions, one ‘show me’ and one ‘tell me’. One or both questions answered incorrectly will result in one driving fault being recorded…

Finally you will be asked a question about carrying a pillion passenger. If you answer this question incorrectly you will fail, but you won’t be told that until you have finished riding !!

Click here to view a copy of the questions you may be asked…

Now all the rules & regulations are out of the way ….. it’s time to get on your bike and actually ride…

Module One: Off-road Manoeuvres…
Module one is the off-road module. It generally takes around 20 minutes to complete.

What happens during Module One…
Module One includes the following manoeuvres:

→ Wheeling the moped or motorcycle and using the stand
→ Doing a slalom and figure of eight
→ A slow ride
→ U-turn
→ Cornering and controlled stop
→ Cornering and the emergency stop
→ Cornering and hazard avoidance

There is a minimum speed requirement of around 32 miles per hour (50 kilometres per hour) for the hazard avoidance and emergency stop exercises. There is no minimum speed requirement for the first cornering and controlled stop exercise.

Motorcycle Manoeuvring Area…
Module one takes place in a safe off-road area called a motorcycle manoeuvring area. The layout of the area will vary depending on where you take your test…


At the end of Module One…
At the end of module one, the examiner will give you the result and feedback. If you pass, you’ll get your “Module One Pass Certificate”. If you are unlucky and do not pass, there is a compulsary cooling off period of 3 days before you can do your Module One Test again!

Module Two: On-road riding…
Module Two is the on-road module and typically takes around 40 minutes. You must bring your “Module One Pass Certificate” to the Module Two Test, along with all the documents you had to bring to the Module One Test.

What Happens during Module Two…
This module includes:

→ Eyesight test
→ Safety and Balance Questions
→ Road Riding Element
→ Independent Riding Section

The Eyesight Test…
The examiner will ask you to read the number plate on a parked vehicle (20.5 meters away) to test your eyesight. If you fail the test, your riding test won’t continue.

Vehicle Safety and Balance Questions…
Click here to download a list of all the safety and balance questions you could be asked by the examiner by clicking on the link. You will only be asked one combination of “Show Me, Tell Me” questions plus the Balance Questions.

Road Riding Element…
You’ll ride in a variety of road and traffic conditions.
You’ll be asked to carry out:

→ Normal Stops
→ An Angle Start (pulling out from behind a parked vehicle)
→ A Hill Start (where possible)

The examiner will give you directions using a radio. They will normally follow you on a motorcycle.

Independent Riding Section of the Riding Test…
Your riding test will include around ten minutes of independent riding. This is designed to assess your ability to ride safely while making decisions independently.

At the End of Module Two…
At the end of Module Two, the examiner will give you the result and feedback. If you pass, the examiner will explain to you how to change your provisional licence into a full licence. If you are unlucky and do not pass, there is a compulsory cooling off period of “10 days” before you can do your Module Two Test again.

Your Riding Test Results…
At the end of each module the examiner will tell you whether or not you have passed.

The Different Types of Faults that can be Marked…
There are three types of faults that can be marked:

→ A dangerous fault – involves actual danger to you, the examiner, the public or property
→ A serious fault – could potentially be dangerous
→ A rider fault – not potentially dangerous, but if you make the same fault throughout your test it could become a serious fault

The Pass Mark for Module One...
You can make up to five rider faults and still pass Module One. If you make six or more rider faults, you won’t pass the module. If you make one serious or dangerous fault, you won’t pass Module One.

The Pass Mark for Module Two…
You can make up to ten rider faults and still pass module two. If you make 11 or more rider faults, you won’t pass the module, if you repeatedly display the same rider fault your examiner may consider that it is a Serious fault in your riding. If you make one serious or dangerous fault, you won’t pass Module Two.

When Riding Tests are Cancelled or Stopped…
Sometimes DVSA has to cancel or stop riding tests because of things like bad weather or vehicle problems.

If DVSA cancels your Riding test…
If DVSA cancels your riding test at short notice you might be able to claim for any out-of-pocket expenses. However, DVSA does not pay expenses if your test is cancelled because of: bad weather vehicle problems or rider problems!

Bad weather and Riding tests…
Practical riding tests are not conducted in adverse weather conditions, for example when the roads are icy. This is for the safety of both the person taking the test and the examiner. If you are due to take your practical test, follow the advice given on your appointment email or letter. Only call your test centre if there is snow or ice in your local area on the day of your test.

When to phone your test centre…
If your test is early in the morning, call as soon as you can on the day. If you call the day before, the test centre won’t be able to tell you if your test will go ahead. If your test is in the afternoon, call the test centre later in the morning. The test centre is more likely to know if the roads will be suitable for your test. If nobody answers the phone, and the conditions in your area aren’t looking too bad, it’s likely that the examiners are:

→ checking the local roads to see if tests can go ahead
→ taking tests because the conditions are suitable

However, this isn’t a guarantee that your test will go ahead. Please call the test centre again or go there in time for your test.

If your test can’t go ahead…
If your practical riding test is cancelled because of bad weather, another appointment will be arranged automatically at no further cost. However, DVSA doesn’t pay any out-of-pocket expenses. A new appointment date is usually sent within three working days. This may take up to seven days when there’s a period of prolonged bad weather.

Waiting times for a Practical Test…
As well as causing cancellations, bad weather can lead to longer waiting times in some areas. DVSA tries to keep waiting times as short as possible.

Whichever Module you’re taking remember that the examiner only wants to see that you can ride to the required standard. Examiners are not looking for the next Rossi, nor are they looking for a totally faultless ride – although that would be great.


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