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 pass your Canadian written driving test. For more information on your province or territory specific Canadian written driving tests click on one of the links below, where you'll also find information for motorcycle riders.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.