Writing the Ontario’s License Knowledge Tests
Every new driver in Ontario is required to take a knowledge test. Anyone reinstating their driver’s license or renewing their driver’s license may also have to take a written test. If this includes you, there are a few things you should know.
The following is information regarding the knowledge tests for all classes of license:
They have been created directly by the Ministry of Transportation (MTO).
Each test is available on paper at each location and on the computer supplied at DriveTest.
The tests are in a multiple-choice format with sample questions for a Class G1 test available on the Trubicars website.
There is no time limit to take the test, which means you can take as much time as you need to finish the test during office hours.
The tests are in English or French, at a minimum, but G1 written tests are available in 27 languages.
Each DriveTest location can offer each of these written tests.
There is no need to make an appointment to do the written test, but you should come at least one hour before the office closes as there may be a line-up, which could delay your attempt to do the test.
The written tests are marked after you hand them in, so you will get your results immediately.
If anyone is cheating or disturbing other test-takers, they will have to leave the testing room. Also, they will receive an unsuccessful test mark, and lose their test fee. They would have to wait until the next day to write the knowledge test again.
Each knowledge test will take approximately 20 to 30 minutes to complete. The test generally has two or three sections, such as one section on road signs and another section on the rules of the road. To receive a passing grade on the test, you must earn a total score of 80% minimum. If you are unsuccessful with this attempt at the written test, you can pay the current fee and attempt it again. You should know that the test results are valid for exactly one year. If you re-write the test within one year, you will only have to write the sections that did not reach the MTO standards.
Studying for the Test
Each question on the knowledge test is from the official driver’s handbook for the license class you are applying for. While there is a partial version of the driver handbook on the MTO website, it is in your best interest to purchase or borrow a printed copy of the handbook to study.
Trubicars also offer free exam-like G1 practice tests.
A registered driving school offers a Beginner Driver Education (BDE) course approved by the MTO and can teach you the skills you need to be a safe and responsible driver. These courses are optional yet can be a part of your success with obtaining a driver’s license. However, if you choose to enroll in a driver training program, let Trubicars help you make a wise decision.
Starting with the G1 license, the computerized version and paper version of G1 class knowledge tests for cars, vans, and small trucks are in the following 27 languages:
Moving on to motorcycles, the paper and the computerized versions of the M1 class knowledge test for motorcycles can be offered in the following 20 languages.
If you want a commercial license, the paper and computerized versions of the commercial knowledge tests are in the following 20 languages.
The computerized knowledge test system does have an audio (verbal) capability, which means an appointment is not required. Any individual who is reading or writing challenged is encouraged to take an audio knowledge test instead of a written test. If you cannot take an audio test, a verbal test can be an option with DriveTest staff. If this is the direction you decide to go in, you should make an appointment. You would visit the DriveTest Centre for more details.
Also, anyone who needs an interpreter to complete a knowledge test must book an appointment for a verbal knowledge test ahead of time. Keep in mind that interpreters must meet specific criteria. Please visit a local DriveTest Centre to make this appointment.
Our instructors at Trubicars know the rules of the road, plus the meaning and response to the road signs you will come across while driving. Contact Trubicars now to get set up with a professional instructor to help you grow your knowledge!
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