Okay. So you’ve got your CBT and you’re ready to progress on your journey. You want to be rid of those bright learner plates and get your leg over a bigger machine. Well, here’s how to do it!
Firstly, no matter how old you are and what license you want to progress to- You need to pass a Motorcycle Theory Test. You can book your test online with GOV.UK. All you’ll need to book your test is £24 in your bank, an email address [you can book by phone if you don’t have one] and your driving license number that you can find on your provisional license. Book your test on a day that is free and that you are available for at your local test centre.
The test it’s self is taken in two parts; the questions section that will test your knowledge of the highway code, different signs, lights and what you would do in certain situations.
And the second part; the hazard perception test. For this test you will watch a video on a computer, separated into a number of clips. While watching these clips you will have to watch closely and click the mouse when you see a hazard in the video. The faster you react to a hazard, the more points you score. An important thing to remember for this test is that clicking the mouse when there isn’t a hazard won’t cause you to lose points or give you a penalty. But if you click excessively often in an attempt to trick the system- the test will know. So even if you’re unsure of something in the video being a hazard or not- give it a click anyway, better safe than sorry.
There are also lots of resources available online for revising such as free practice tests. There are also resources that you can pay a small price for such as mobile phone apps. They cost no more than a couple of pounds and then you’ve got revision material on-hand at all times. I decided to buy an app on my phone myself and whenever I had a few free minutes, during breaks, before bed, I would revise with the app and test myself. I ended up passing my theory test on the first attempt. If you don’t pass on your first try- don’t worry about it, many people don’t, it’s a lot of learning. At least you know what to expect at your test centre for the next time and you can try again after a bit more revising.
Once you have your theory test all passed and behind you, congrats! From this point on your age makes all the difference. The older you are, the more options you have and I’ll cover those in the next blog installment.
See you there!
– MattW at Ghostbikes.com