Regardless of where you live in Canada in order to begin your driving career through a graduated licensing program you will need to successfully complete a written driving test. For more information on your province or territory specific driving tests click on one of the links below.
Writing any test can be a scary experience but it doesn't have to be. With our 10 tips on how to ensure you successfully pass you will ready and confident to take the test.
Tip #1: Pick up a drivers handbook from your local driver licensing office
The handbooks have a lot of useful information in them and while the amount of information can seem overwhelming your job is to browse through the information to familiarize yourself with the type of material you will be tested on. Make some notes on note cards, highlight areas you think you may need to focus on more or make a study document to help you track progress. Once you start reading the handbook it’ll be much easier to go through the book if you've already familiarized yourself with it.
Tip #2: Complete one or more Practice Tests to gauge where you stand
The practice tests are an excellent indication of the types of questions you will have to answer on the real test so take a practice test to test your knowledge of road rules and road signs. You will probably be surprised to see what area’s your already well versed in and what areas need some serious studying.
Tip #3: Re-Read your drivers handbook
Now that you’ve attempted a practice test re-read the handbook. Re-reading at this point is easier since you've already previously browsed and practiced a test. Make notes and identify all/any area’s you know you will need more review of.
Tip #4: Study, Study, Study
This is like any other test. If you want to pass you have to put in the time and study. Being over-prepared for a test is never a bad thing so invest the time now and study hard. Focus on specific numbers such as maximum speed limits in different areas, distances from school buses etc.
Tip #5: Re-take the practice tests and the practice exams
Now that you’ve studied hard re-take the practice Tests
and practice exams. Not only will this help you identify any last minute items you need to memorize but it will also build up your confidence and help you sleep better before the test knowing you’re prepared.
Tip #6: Get plenty of sleep the night before the test and make sure you eat a proper breakfast
Tired eyes and an empty stomach is a recipe for disaster so make sure you get your sleep and breakfast before you head out for the test.
Tip #7: During the test make sure you read each question carefully
The last thing you want on the day of the test is to miss a question or answer incorrectly because you were going too fast. The working on these tests can be tricky so pay attention, read the complete question and then answer.
Tip #8: If you come across a question that you don’t know pick the best answer
We all get stumped sometimes so if you do come across something you don’t know use common sense, narrow it down to the two most likely answers and then pick the one that makes the most sense. Chances are with all the studying you probably have a pretty high chance of getting it right
Tip #9: Stay relaxed and try your best to complete the test
Stress is bad for a test so stay calm and whatever you do finish the test. Often times we get so stressed we decide to just stop what we’re doing when instead if we have just kept going things would have worked themselves out. So finish the test, you may surprise yourself with how fast you calm down once you start attempting those questions
Tip #10: Be positive
You studied hard, you followed the tips so just stay positive and you should get a positive result