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Old 2nd April 2008, 08:02 PM
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Default Test Experience - 1st April (READ IF YOU'RE DOING THE TEST SOON!!!)

Alright lads! Passed the test yesterday morning!

So heres what it was like.
I showed up in full gear, and had my L Plate jocks on. My test was at 9.15am and I was there about 8:55am.

The guy called me in, I wasn't nervous or too casual about things. When he said hello and asked how I was doing, I just said Ah not too bad, thanks. I was sure to be respectful to the guy, and show him I was taking the test seriously. He explained he was going to give me some theory questions to get things started.
So he asked when should I dip my headlights when driving at night, who is authorized to give traffic instructions on the roads, and then how would I recognize a Zebra crossing. Another was which break do i use first? I elaborated on all of the answers, but didnt waffle at all, just answered them fully (In other words, dont give 1 & 2 word answers).

Next he showed me some road signs (Pedestrian street, no overtaking etc), and there was no problems there. I think because I answered everything so well and was dressed properly, it probably made a good impression on the guy, which got him on my side for the rest of the test.

So he gave me the radio and explained how that works, and then we went outside for some technical checks on the bike. He asked whats the minimum tread depth for the tires, how do i check the break fluid, and how do i check the oil level. Again, i answered everything fully and there was no problems.

For the driving part I just made sure to 1)Mirrors 2)Indicate 3)Lifesaver 4)Move for every turn and roundabout, when changing lanes or when pulling over to stop.
He got me to drive down some quiet enough roads, and whenever he asked me to pull in, I did the lifesaver even when pulling in at the side of some tiny empty street. Leave the left foot on the ground, and the right on the break at all times when stopped.
He got me to do 2 U-turns at different times in the test, so when he said to pull in to the side, it was mirrors, indicate, lifesaver before pulling in, and then pull over and stop. Then for the U-turn it was mirrors, indicate only when about to pull off, lifesaver before doing the turn, and that was that.

He got me to ride slowly in front of him, and that was fine too. Just make sure you practice your slow ride. Put the foot down at every stop sign, dont just slow down. And when pulling out of a junction, dont be too impatient, but dont be too hesitant either to pull out. Wait for a suitable gap in the traffic, and always remember to look over your shoulder before committing yourself to each turn. Make sure you pull well in close to the line if your doing a right turn so as not to block other traffic, and close into the kerb if turning left.

When confronted with an obstacle (eg parked car) on the road, indicate only if your going to have to cross the middle of the road or change lane. If theres plenty of space, then theres no need to go over the line or indicate, just use your judgment.

The test was fairly short in total, between 30-40 mins. As I said, making a good impression on the guy really stands to you, so that he can see you're not just some chancer.

And apart from that, email me at [email protected] if you've any more questions or want any more tips, and if anyone needs an L-Vest, I've got one going spare , and good luck to the lads doing their test soon!

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Old 2nd April 2008, 08:09 PM
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Cheers man
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Old 2nd April 2008, 08:21 PM
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Good call bourbon creams just about to get back on the road after 10 or so years & that brought it all floodin back! Well done on the test & safe ridin
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Old 2nd April 2008, 08:26 PM
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congratulations
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Old 2nd April 2008, 08:33 PM
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Congrats on passin ur test I'm still waitin to get my date. Only been waitin 4 months
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Old 2nd April 2008, 08:39 PM
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Originally Posted by bourbon creams
Alright lads! Passed the test yesterday morning!

So heres what it was like.
I showed up in full gear, and had my L Plate jocks on. My test was at 9.15am and I was there about 8:55am.

The guy called me in, I wasn't nervous or too casual about things. When he said hello and asked how I was doing, I just said Ah not too bad, thanks. I was sure to be respectful to the guy, and show him I was taking the test seriously. He explained he was going to give me some theory questions to get things started.
So he asked when should I dip my headlights when driving at night, who is authorized to give traffic instructions on the roads, and then how would I recognize a Zebra crossing. Another was which break do i use first? I elaborated on all of the answers, but didnt waffle at all, just answered them fully (In other words, dont give 1 & 2 word answers).

Next he showed me some road signs (Pedestrian street, no overtaking etc), and there was no problems there. I think because I answered everything so well and was dressed properly, it probably made a good impression on the guy, which got him on my side for the rest of the test.

So he gave me the radio and explained how that works, and then we went outside for some technical checks on the bike. He asked whats the minimum tread depth for the tires, how do i check the break fluid, and how do i check the oil level. Again, i answered everything fully and there was no problems.

For the driving part I just made sure to 1)Mirrors 2)Indicate 3)Lifesaver 4)Move for every turn and roundabout, when changing lanes or when pulling over to stop.
He got me to drive down some quiet enough roads, and whenever he asked me to pull in, I did the lifesaver even when pulling in at the side of some tiny empty street. Leave the left foot on the ground, and the right on the break at all times when stopped.
He got me to do 2 U-turns at different times in the test, so when he said to pull in to the side, it was mirrors, indicate, lifesaver before pulling in, and then pull over and stop. Then for the U-turn it was mirrors, indicate only when about to pull off, lifesaver before doing the turn, and that was that.

He got me to ride slowly in front of him, and that was fine too. Just make sure you practice your slow ride. Put the foot down at every stop sign, dont just slow down. And when pulling out of a junction, dont be too impatient, but dont be too hesitant either to pull out. Wait for a suitable gap in the traffic, and always remember to look over your shoulder before committing yourself to each turn. Make sure you pull well in close to the line if your doing a right turn so as not to block other traffic, and close into the kerb if turning left.

When confronted with an obstacle (eg parked car) on the road, indicate only if your going to have to cross the middle of the road or change lane. If theres plenty of space, then theres no need to go over the line or indicate, just use your judgment.

The test was fairly short in total, between 30-40 mins. As I said, making a good impression on the guy really stands to you, so that he can see you're not just some chancer.

And apart from that, email me at [email protected] if you've any more questions or want any more tips, and if anyone needs an L-Vest, I've got one going spare , and good luck to the lads doing their test soon!
congrats on passing the test
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Old 2nd April 2008, 08:41 PM
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Default Re: Test Experience - 1st April (READ IF YOUR DOIN YOUR TEST SOON!!!)

congrats and good write up for anyone doing a test soon
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Old 2nd April 2008, 08:45 PM
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Default Re: Test Experience - 1st April (READ IF YOUR DOIN YOUR TEST SOON!!!)

well done man.
good post.
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Old 2nd April 2008, 08:47 PM
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Well done, great post.
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Old 2nd April 2008, 08:51 PM
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Default Re: Test Experience - 1st April (READ IF YOUR DOIN YOUR TEST SOON!!!)

Congratulation mates and thanks for the great thread....i'll keep this one just as a reminder before i do my pre - test!!
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Old 2nd April 2008, 08:52 PM
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Default Re: Test Experience - 1st April (READ IF YOUR DOIN YOUR TEST SOON!!!)

very good post.

thank you.
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Old 2nd April 2008, 09:06 PM
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Default Re: Test Experience - 1st April (READ IF YOUR DOIN YOUR TEST SOON!!!)

I have applied for my test.

Some very good advice in your post.

Thanks.
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Old 2nd April 2008, 09:10 PM
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Default Re: Test Experience - 1st April (READ IF YOUR DOIN YOUR TEST SOON!!!)

Well done lad.

Big congrats on the pass and well done on the write up
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Old 2nd April 2008, 09:18 PM
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Nice one mate,well done and great post.
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Old 2nd April 2008, 09:22 PM
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Modifications: loadza security. tis a punisher vehicle
Default Re: Test Experience - 1st April (READ IF YOUR DOIN YOUR TEST SOON!!!)

congrats on the test, mate

some good advice there

where did you do th test?
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Old 2nd April 2008, 09:28 PM
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Default Re: Test Experience - 1st April (READ IF YOUR DOIN YOUR TEST SOON!!!)

very helpful there dude
Well done for passing your test
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Old 2nd April 2008, 09:49 PM
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Default Re: Test Experience - 1st April (READ IF YOUR DOIN YOUR TEST SOON!!!)

Congrats on passing the test bourbon creams and great post!
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Old 2nd April 2008, 09:58 PM
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Well done
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Old 2nd April 2008, 10:03 PM
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Congrats on passing
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Old 2nd April 2008, 10:09 PM
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Well Done man
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