After each lesson with your driver educator, practice what you learned before your next lesson. This means driving as much as possible with a qualified supervising driver.
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If English isn't your 1st language
All road tests are conducted in English. Only the examiner and the driver are allowed in the vehicle during the road test. Examiners use simple and clear language when giving directions. To prepare for the road test, you should be familiar with the following English terms:
- right turn
- left turn
- parallel park
If you are not fluent in English, we recommend you bring an English speaking person with you to the appointment so they can help translate basic instructions and expectations before the road test begins. They can also translate the results after your road test is completed.
Note: This person can't come with you on the road test.
Class 5 and motorcycle road tests
These tests can be booked through a motor licence issuer or can be booked online with MySGI:
- Schedule and pay for your exam at a motor licence issuer. You can also phone them directly.
- Bring your learner's licence and driver education certificate (only if a training record hasn’t been added to your SGI customer file by your driver educator) to the driver exam office on the date of your appointment.
- You can book your appointment for a Class 5 road test up to 60 days before you turn 16 but you must be 16 or older on the date of your exam and have your Class 7 licence for a minimum of 9 months. You must also have completed the high school driver education program or received a minimum of 6 hours in-car and 6 hours in-class instruction from a certified driver instructor.
Other class road tests
To make an appointment for all other classes of road tests:
- Pay for your exam at a motor licence issuer.
- Call 1-844-TLK-2SGI (1-844-855-2744) to schedule the appointment.
Other licence classifications have different prerequisites.
Road test costs are as follows:
|Air brake practical||$ 55|
|Class 5 road test
|Class 4 road test
Class 4 pre-trip
|Class 1, 2 or 3 road tests
Class 1, 2 or 3 pre-trip
|Driver ability assessment road test||$ 75|
|Heavy trailer road test
Heavy trailer pre-trip
|Motorcycle basic ability road test||$ 55|
|Motorcycle road test||$ 55|
|School bus road trip
School bus pre-trip
|Well service rig road test
Well service rig air brake test
Why you may be refused a road test
Class 5 - You will be refused if:
- You don't meet the vision or medical fitness standards.
- You don’t provide the correct class of vehicle for the licence class you’re testing for.
- Your vehicle is unsafe or not equipped in accordance with the law. The driver examiner will inspect the vehicle before the test begins.
Motorcycle - You will be refused if:
- The motorcycle/moped is unsafe or not equipped in accordance with the law.
- You don't meet the vision or medical fitness requirements.
- You’re not wearing the appropriate gear for Motorcycle Graduated Driver Licensing (MGDL) riders - your arms and legs are not covered, you aren't wearing hand-covering gloves, ankle-covering boots, eye protection or a 3/4, modular or full face helmet.
- You don't have a red 'L' motorcycle placard displayed on your licence plate (M Endorsement road test only.)
Tips for a smooth road test
- Be punctual.
- Bring your ID.
- Complete your driver education - make sure you have proof of completing a required driver education program.
- Be prepared - passing your road test comes down to demonstrating you can safely operate your vehicle in a variety of everyday driving scenarios. Ensure you are comfortable and competent in performing manoeuvres asked of you.
- Examiners will also be looking for your ability to anticipate potential hazards and an understanding of all traffic signs and signals.
- Bring a clean vehicle - ensure you remove any garbage, clutter or loose objects that could get in the way of you or the driver examiner. Please eliminate any heavy scents that could be a health hazard (strong air fresheners or rotting garbage).
- Ensure parts are working - the following parts of your vehicle should be working properly: horn, signal lights, brake lights, headlights, windshield wipers (as required), defrost (as required), seatbelts, speedometer, both front seat doors, etc.
- If the 'check engine' light is on, please have a technician check your vehicle to make sure it’s not safety-related.
- Do a personal check a week before your road test so you can repair or replace any required parts to avoid postponing your test.
- Bring a supervising driver - if you require a supervising driver, make sure you don't come to your road test without one.
What not to do
You will not pass the road test if you:
- exceed the speed limit
- are involved in a collision for which you are 50% or more responsible
- fail to stop where required
- fail to yield to vehicles and pedestrians
- fail to wear a seatbelt
- cannot parallel park
- disobey traffic lights
- require the assistance of the examiner
- make a combination of minor mistakes
Taking the road test
You must take the test in the appropriate class of vehicle and you must supply the vehicle.
During the road test, you'll be tested on:
- traffic signs and signals
- proper lane driving
- travelling through controlled and uncontrolled intersections
- parallel parking and backing up
- anticipation of potential hazards
- various safe driving practices like speed selection and steering techniques
All road tests are conducted fairly and the content of the test (the number of turns, stop signs, etc.) is consistent across the province. The duration of your test may vary depending on traffic, weather conditions and other factors, but actual driving time is usually about 20 minutes.
If you have 9 demerits or fewer at the end of the road test, you pass. Go to any motor licence issuer and have your driver's licence updated. Your new licence is not valid until you do so.
If you have 10 or more demerits, you don't pass. Your driver examiner will give you a report that outlines the areas where you need to improve.
If it was a Class 5 road test, you will be given a 2 week learning period before you can re-take the road test. Subsequent road tests can be booked immediately, however, the appointment date must be 2 weeks from your last road test.
To cancel an exam appointment or a Traffic Safety Education session, you can:
- visit MySGI anytime to cancel online
- visit your motor licence issuer
- call 1-844-TLK-2SGI (1-844-855-2744)
No-show policy: If you can't make your appointment, you must cancel before its scheduled time or you will not be refunded your payment. You will be required to pay for your next appointment.
To prepare for your written and road tests, you can review the related study guides and manuals for the licence classification you are completing.