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Test Prep Practice


Need a little more practice before your big day? This is a great way to feel more confident for your road test. This is a two-hour session on the road incorporating all the elements needed to prepare you for your road test.

Where to Start When Booking Your Road Test

Things can often get a little confusing when booking your road training, in-class training and road test. Where and when should you book the road test? What does the road test cost? As of January 19, 2008 road tests can be booked through your choice of any Alberta Registry office. Drivers training (in-car and in-class) are done through the driving school. The testing is booked separately with the registry.

We can share helpful tips as you prepare for your road test. For example: we often suggest completing eight hours of driving lessons and saving the last two hours for the same day as the road test (or the same week). Please be advised that in most cases our students find the 10 hours of driving sufficient before taking the driving test.

If you have absolutely no driving experience besides Drivers Ed you may be advised to take more driving lessons before attempting the road test.You should arrive approximately 15 minutes before your scheduled road test appointment. You will not be able to take the test if you are late. Before your road test, the examiner will inspect your vehicle to ensure it is properly registered and insured, all equipment is in good working order, and that the vehicle has a safe, adequate, and clean seat for the examiner and easy access to the brake.

After the examiner inspects and approves the vehicle, the driving test will begin. Only you and the examiner are allowed in the vehicle during the exam. The examiner's goal is to observe your driving skills. During the road test, you should be prepared to demonstrate your ability to start and stop the vehicle, parallel park, make left and right turns, starts, stops and hill parking.

In addition, you will be watched for how you enter and leave intersections, recognize and obey traffic signals, traffic lights and use of signals, and other rules of the road.

Practicing all you have learned is critical.In addition to judging your overall driving skills, the examiner will note how well you follow general safe driving practices. This includes whether you use good driving posture with both hands always placed properly on the steering wheel. Drive in the proper lane and look carefully and signal properly before changing lanes. Maintain enough distance between your vehicle and the one ahead of you. Always drive at safe speeds to comply with speed limits and varying traffic conditions. Properly yield the right of way as well as that you are generally aware of your actions and particularly those of other drivers.

Common Reasons for Failing a Road Test

You were at fault in an accident with another motor vehicle, pedestrian, or object. You were driving in a way that may have caused an accident, or in a way the examiner considered dangerous. You violated a motor vehicle law, rule, or regulation. You demonstrated a lack of experience to safely operate a motor vehicle. You refused to follow, or drove contrary to the examiner’s instructions.