Holding your practical test pass certificate can still seem far away if you feel unprepared, even if the tests are only days away, but there are a few things you can do before and during the test that could make the difference between entering the test unprepared and feeling confident.


Before the Test

The weeks and days running up to your tests are the best time to make yourself completely confident in your abilities. As you approach your Module 2 test, your trainer will take you along a number of prescribed roads. The examiners use these roads to test learners so you are likely to be riding on at least one of them on the day.

Make a habit of memorising the road signs, speed limits and potential hazard spots like crossings, side roads and bends so you are fully prepared and know exactly when to perform checks. Eventually you will commit these things to your subconscious memory and perform them automatically, allowing you to concentrate on more immediate things like traffic conditions.

Practice doesn’t have to be limited to the road! At home you can visualise riding on the road and practice head and hand movements to help you memorise the correct procedure, this may look silly but may make all the difference!

One of the most common reasons people fail their test when they get onto the road is by being overcome by nervousness. Passing the practical test is an important milestone, the culmination of all of your training and previous tests, but that doesn’t make it any more complicated than it actually is. The more you practice, the more confident you will become; you can bolster your nerves by visualising passing your test the night before. Repeat motivational phrases in your head and imagine receiving your certificate, you’d be surprised how effective a technique this is!

Always be on time. Aim to arrive about half an hour before your test. You may be waiting around but that gives you an opportunity to see the test centre layout for yourself before the test and will set a good impression on your examiner when he or she sees that you are punctual.


During the Test


Making sure you turn up in the right gear is essential. Turning up in unsafe clothes will at worst force the examiner to end the test before it has even started and at best will set a bad impression, making them less likely to be lenient with any mistakes you might make.

Ride carefully, but also remember to make proper progress. Riding too slowly can result in fault marks against you for “lack of progress” so you should check the speedometer periodically to make sure you are at the speed limit (but not over!) and make sure you always know the speed limit of the road you are on.

When pulling out of a junction, make sure there is plenty of room. Causing another road user to slow down could result in a fault, or even an automatic failure if the examiner deemed your manoeuvre dangerous. Don’t worry if you pull out of a junction and there isn’t enough room for your examiner to follow, he will simply tell you to pull over and wait for him. You will not receive a fault unless your pulling out manoeuvre was dangerous.

Try not to judge your own riding. If you aware that you made a major mistake, you may be tempted to think that you’ve failed even before the test is over, remember that examiners are often lenient if they can see that you know what you did wrong, so a fail may not be as certain as you think. The test is not over until it is over.

Exaggerate your head movements and checks. This may seem counter-intuitive on a motorcycle but you want to make sure your examiner doesn’t miss your checks and give you undue fault marks.

Relax! Nervousness is the greatest barrier to success, so as long as you keep calm and remember your routines, the test will go smoothly, and you may even find that the test goes by quite quickly!


If you pass, congratulations! You are now the proud owner of a full motorcycle licence, your examiner will take your provisional licence and you’ll receive you full licence within three weeks: Well done!

Congratulations! – After You Pass >

If you fail, don’t worry, you are not alone; click the link below for advice on what to do next.

If You Fail – Why and What Next >