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Driving Test Day Preparation

Driving test day can be a nerve-wracking experience, but don’t worry, we’re here to assist you! Let us help you prepare and overcome any anxieties you may have. With the right guidance and tips, you can approach the test with confidence and increase your chances of success. Together, we’ll make sure you’re ready to tackle the driving test and demonstrate your skills with ease.

Driving Test

All you need to know about driving test day.

Theory Test

Helpful official study materials, how to find a theory test centre and book a theory test.

Test Road Signs

Road signs and marking that you need to know on the day of your driving test.

Driving Test Q&A

Questions you may be asked on the day of your driving test.

Massbrook Driving School

Before applying for the driving test

Prior to applying for the test, follow these steps:

  1. Make sure that the motorcycle or car you intend to use for the test meets the specific requirements for its designated category, and ensure the vehicle is roadworthy.

  2. Check the issue and expiration dates on your Learner Permit. You must hold the Learner Permit for a minimum of six months before being eligible to take the driving test.

  3. Complete the Essential Driver Training (EDT) for cars or the Initial Basic Training (IBT) for motorcycles before taking the test.

RSA Driving Test Centre Location

Discover the locations of our driving test centres and locate one in proximity to you. Ireland boasts a multitude of driving test centres, with all but two accommodating car driving tests. Yet, a limited selection of centres facilitates motorcycle, truck, or bus driving tests. At the moment, the RSA Driving Test Centre situated in Ballina, Co. Mayo, offers examinations for both cars and motorcycles.

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Preparing for your driving test

Your vehicle

Make sure that the vehicle you bring for testing meets the specific requirements for its designated category. This information will be included in your appointment notification. Additionally, ensure that the vehicle is in a roadworthy condition before the test. 

Be sure the following are clearly displayed on your vehicle:

  • A valid, original insurance disc.
  • A valid original motor tax disc.
  • A valid NCT disc or valid CVRT disc, if applicable L-plates on the front and rear. Motorcyclists must wear a yellow tabard (vest) displaying an L-plate on the front and back.
  • You will be asked to read and sign a statement confirming that your vehicle is roadworthy.
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Motorcycle (AM, A1, A2, A)

Checklist

Before applying for the motorbike test

Before applying for the motorcycle test, it’s essential to complete the IBT (Initial Basic Training) course. Ensure that your IBT Certificate (Certificate of Satisfactory Completion) is in date, typically valid for two years. Additionally, be thoroughly prepared to excel in the test by accumulating between 50 and 100 hours of practical experience. Mastering the skills and knowledge gained through the IBT course, coupled with substantial hands-on practice, will significantly enhance your chances of passing the motorbike test successfully. Good luck on your biking journey!

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Car Driving Test day

Check List

  • Valid Learner permit for the correct category.
  • Car – Permit in date.
  • Are you using your own car.
  • Bring own car: Taxed and valid. (In date and for the right car)
  • Insurance. Valid and on display.
  • NCT if required (car or commercial).
  • Must display L plate front and back.
  • Be early, arrive 15 minutes before your test.

Before applying for your car test

Before applying for your driving test, it is crucial to have successfully completed the 12 Essential Driver Training (EDT) lessons. These lessons serve as the foundation for your driving skills and knowledge. To increase your chances of passing the test, it’s essential to be thoroughly prepared. This preparation goes beyond merely finishing the lessons; it involves gaining substantial practical experience. Aim for a minimum of 50 to 100 hours of practice behind the wheel. This extended practice not only sharpens your driving abilities but also builds your confidence on the road. Additionally, spacing out your practice sessions is beneficial. Ideally, allocate 5 to 10 hours between lessons. This interval allows you to reflect on what you’ve learned, address any challenges you might have encountered, and progressively enhance your driving skills.

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Under the bonnet / technical checks

On the day of your driving test, it’s natural to feel a bit nervous, especially if the tester starts asking you about technical aspects of the vehicle. To help you prepare, we’ve compiled a list of commonly asked motorcycle technical questions and car technical questions that testers might ask about during your examination. Being familiar with these queries can boost your confidence and ensure you’re well-prepared for any unexpected questions. For more detailed information and answers to these questions check out or motorcycle technical questions and or car technical questions. Remember, being knowledgeable about your vehicle not only impresses the tester but also contributes to safer driving practices.

Driver Tester

When you meet with the driver tester, they will check your learner permit to ensure that it belongs to you, is up-to-date, and valid on the day of the test. They will also verify that the permit is for the appropriate category of vehicle.

Additionally, you’ll be requested to read and sign a statement confirming that your insurance coverage is adequate and that your vehicle is in a roadworthy condition. It’s all just part of the necessary procedures to make sure everything is in order before your test.

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Questions & Answers

During the test, the driving tester will provide you with two printed sheets featuring various Road Signs And Markings. They’ll ask you to identify 10 of these signs. 

Additionally, the tester will ask you about several rules of the road. We have prepared some sample driving test Questions and Answers to help you prepare. Remember it’s all part of the assessment to ensure your familiarity with road signs and knowledge of road regulations. Just take your time, and remember, they are there to help you through the process!

Passing your driving test.

When it comes to passing your driving test, several aspects are crucial. One of the most important ones is safety. Examiners want to ensure that you can drive safely and responsibly. Here are some key points to consider:

1. Observation and Awareness: Demonstrating keen observation skills by checking mirrors, blind spots, and being aware of your surroundings is vital. Being aware of other vehicles, pedestrians, and potential hazards is crucial for safe driving.

2. Following Rules and Signs: Obeying traffic rules, understanding road signs, and following signals is fundamental. This includes knowing speed limits, when to yield, and when to stop.

3. Control and Handling: Being able to control the vehicle smoothly is essential. This involves steering, braking, accelerating, and parking with precision.

4. Confidence and Calmness: Staying calm and confident during the test is important. Nervousness can lead to mistakes. Practice beforehand to build confidence.

5. Communication: If there’s a need to communicate with other drivers, using indicators properly and making clear hand signals (if necessary) is vital.

6. Understanding the Vehicle: Familiarise yourself with the car you are using for the test. Know where all the controls are and how to use them.

7. Practice and Preparation: Regular practice with a skilled instructor or experienced driver is key. Practice various maneuvers, routes, and driving conditions to be well-prepared.

Remember, every driving test is an opportunity to demonstrate your ability to drive safely and responsibly. Stay focused, stay calm, and apply what you’ve learned. Good luck with your driving test! If you have any specific questions about driving or the test, feel free to ask.