Top 10 Tips To Pass Your Canadian Written Driving Test

Regardless of where you live in Canada, in order to begin your driving career through one of the provincial or territories graduated licensing programs, you will need to successfully complete a Canadian written driving test. For more information on your province or territory specific driving tests click on one of the links below, where you'll also find information for motorcycle riders.

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ICanDrive.ca's Top 10 Canadian Written Driving Test Preparation Tips:

In general, writing any test can be a scary experience, but it doesn't have to be. With our top 10 tips on how to ensure you successfully pass, you will ready and confident to take your written test. If you would like to know more about the other Canadian driving tests you will likely encounter, click here: Canadian driving tests.

Tip #1: Pick Up a Drivers Handbook from Your Local Driver Licensing Office.

The provincial and territorial driving 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 your progress. Once you start reading your particular handbook, it will be much easier to go through the various sections if you've already familiarized yourself with it. Note: You can find links to free online versions of the various driving handbooks through the links above.

Tip #2: Complete One or More Practice Tests to Gauge Where You Stand.

The ICandDrive.ca 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 or two to test your knowledge of road rules and road signs. You'll probably be surprised to see what area’s you're already well versed in and what areas need some serious studying.

Tip #3: 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 #4: 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 well prepared.

Tip #5: Get Plenty of Sleep The Night Before The Test and Make Sure You Eat a Proper Breakfast.

Tired eyes and an empty stomach are a recipe for disaster, so make sure you get at least 8 hours of sleep the night before and have a nutritious breakfast before you head out for the test.

Tip #6: Arrive Early for Your Test and Bring all the Required Documents.

You don't want to be rushing around on the morning of your written test, looking for documents and/or running late. Make sure you put together everything you need the night before and review a checklist of all the requirements to write your test. Aim to arrive at least 30 minutes early so you have time to settle in and be in the best possible mindset before starting your written 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 wording on these tests can be tricky, so pay attention, read the question carefully along with all the answers and then provide your answer.

Tip #8: If You Come Across a Question That You Don’t Know Pick the Best Answer.

We all get sometimes stumped, 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've done, you 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 try to stay calm and focused and finish the test. Often times we get so stressed we decide to just stop what we’re doing, when instead, if we would have just kept going, things would have worked themselves out. 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 and you followed the tips, so just stay positive and you should get a positive result. Often, believing in good outcomes gives us that extra boost of confidence we need.

Frequently Asked Questions About Preparing For Your Canadian Written Driving Test:

At icandrive.ca it's our mission to help remove any confusion when it comes to process of getting your Ontario car licence and/or moving through the different Ontario graduated driver licensing stages. No matter what your question is, we have the answers.

HOW CAN I CALM MY NERVES BEFORE A DRIVING TEST?

The best way to not be nervous during your Canadian written driving test is to make sure you spend a good amount of time studying the driver handbook well before the test, doing practice tests to build your confidence, and be well rested on the actual driving test day. Remember the calmer you are, the better you will attempt your written driving test.

HOW CAN I PASS MY G1?

In order to pass your G1 written test make sure you:

  • Review the G1 process
  • Study the Ontario Drivers Handbook
  • Review the ICanDrive.ca Ontario drivers license section to understand the GDL process
  • Practice as many G1 tests as possible
  • Get plenty of sleep the night before and have a good breakfast
  • Attempt the G1 written test with a calm, relaxed mindset
  • Don't skip any questions and stay positive

CAN YOU TAKE YOUR WRITTEN DRIVERS TEST ONLINE?

You must visit your local driver licensing office in order to take your written driving test in person. It is not possible to take your written test online in Canada.

HOW MANY QUESTIONS ARE ON THE ALBERTA LEARNERS TEST?

The Alberta Class 7 knowledge test is made up of 30 questions about Alberta road signs and road rules. You need to score correctly on at least 25 of the 30 Alberta Class 7 written test questions in order to pass and get your AB Class 7L licence.

HOW MANY MISTAKES CAN YOU MAKE ON THE G1 TEST?

In order to pass the G1 test you need to get at least 16/20 on Part A and 16/20 on Part B of the G1 written test. You cannot get more than 4 questions wrong on either of the test sections.

DO YOU HAVE TO BOOK A G1 WRITTEN TEST?

You do not need an appointment for the written G1 test (also known as the G1 knowledge test) however it is recommended that you arrive at least an hour before closing time so you are able to write the G1 test and get your vision tested.

HOW MANY QUESTIONS ARE ON THE ICBC KNOWLEDGE TEST?

In order to get your L (learner) licence in British Columbia, you need to get 40 out of the 50 questions right on a multiple choice ICBC knowledge test. Make sure you study the Learn to Drive Smart Manual and use the BC learners licence preparation section on our website to be completely familiar with everything needed for the BC written driving test.

IS THE G1 WRITTEN TEST MULTIPLE CHOICE?

The G1 written test is comprised of two individual multiple choice written exams each featuring 20 questions. Part A covers Ontario road sign questions, while Part B covers Ontario road rules.

IS THE G1 WRITTEN TEST HARD?

The G1 written test is not hard to attempt as long as you've dedicated enough time to reading the Ontario Handbook, checking out the detailed Ontario licence information and spent a good amoutn of time attempting G1 practice tests. Make sure you are well versed in Ontario road signs and road rules before attempting the G1 written test.