Module Two Test
This is a general guide to the Module Two Test, for more detailed explanations of general road craft and motorcycle control please look in the skills section.
To book a Module Two test you will need
A valid licence (Photo ID Licence) or an old style licence and a valid Passport
A valid CBT certificate
A Theory and Hazard Perception pass certificate
A Module One pass certificate
Most people book a test through their training school to fit in with their course or you can book online or call 0300 200 1122.
Taking Yourself to Test
You can of course just arrive at the Test Center on a moped or 125 under your own steam. You will need to have a road worthy bike that meets the test vehicle requirements for the type of test you want to take. If the bike is not roadworthy in anyway you will not be taking the test. If the bike doesn’t meet the test requirements for top speed and/or power you may well take the test but not end up with the type of licence you expected. If the bike breaks down in any way during the test the test will be cut short and you will need to pay again and book another test. So taking yourself to test is possible, but to be honest the training schools work hard for their money and they are often the best route to take.
If you are taking a Direct Access Test you cannot ride the bike to the test center by yourself, you are only able to ride like this when you have a qualified Instructor with you. You could of course have the bike delivered in a van or on a trailer. If you do this be very certain about insurance cover, and be prepared to collect the bike legally if you fail the test. The examiners will not let you ride away illegally.
Taking the Test with a Training School
This is much the best option and a good training school will work hard for their money.
A good training school will provide sound advice, train you to ride safely including a lot of stuff not needed to pass the bike test, have spare bikes to cover breakdowns, will arrange all the tests for you and provide kit and clothing while you decide what you want to buy. In addition they will normally take responsibility for any problems within their control and do everything they can to help you pass first time. Test fees are expensive, it can be cheaper to pay for the training.
If at all possible visit the test center before hand, it will make the whole experience less stressful, and therefore make it much more likely that you will pass first time. Find out where to park the bike, and check out the toilets for that nervous last visit.
Check out what to do if you are late, there is normally a bell for late arrivals ( you generally get 5 minutes but no more if you are late ).
I would check out the notice boards in the test center, you may pick up some useful information. Our local test center has a diagram of how they would prefer you to tackle a multi lane roundabout that is nearby.
Do not get hung up on test routes and where you might go. A test center normally has dozens of test routes and it is a complete waste of time trying to learn them. Examiners will also change routes to deal with traffic or if you make a wrong turn.
It can be helpful to know the area however, there are very few test centers that don’t have a funny junction or two some where on a test route. But the vast majority of test routes just run around normal roads and it really does not matter if you know the road or not, ride it as you see it, keep the speed sensible so you have time to deal with situations and you will be fine. There is never anything unreasonable about what you are expected to do on a test.
The test routes will normally be a nice mixture of road types, urban, rural and dual carriageways, large and small roundabouts, a stop line or two, traffic lights and quite often one way streets.
You need to demonstrate you can ride safely in a wide variety of traffic situations, so you need to be confident in controlling the bike, have a good knowledge of the Highway Code, and know how to sensible deal with any traffic situations.
Do the home work, put the miles in, get some good training ! You will be relaxed, ride safe and pass !
Arrive at the test center 10 minutes early, park the bike in the right place, facing the right way for an easy start to the test.
Find the waiting room, take a seat and relax, the examiner will come out of their office when they want to start the test and call out your name, they are almost always bang on time. Give them a few minutes if they are late, more than that and I would ring the late arrivals bell, they might be busy on the phone but some times there has been an error in the booking system which will need to be sorted out.
The examiner will introduce themselves at the start of the test and ask you how you would like to be addressed. The test itself takes about 40 minutes start to finish, most people these days are happy to use first names and the examiner will tell you their first name in case you have any questions.
Examiners will try to put you at ease, they may crack a joke ( some are even funny ), talk about the weather, what ever. Examiners work hard to be impartial, and to conduct fair tests, if they are a bit quiet or formal it does not mean they are in a bad mood, it just happens to be the way they are.
You must have both parts of your photo ID licence ( or an old licence and a valid passport ), a valid CBT certificate, your theory test certificate, and your Module One pass certificate. There are no exceptions here, no documents, no test. The examiner will check out your documents and ask you to sign the residency and insurance declaration on the driving test report form. They may put your photo ID licence under a UV light, they seem to do this at random, don’t make anything of it.
They will then fit you with their radio equipment, it is expensive so expect them to be careful with it, remember you CAN adjust the volume if you need to, it is very unusual but if you have radio problems during the test have the confidence to stop some where safe and explain the situation. They want you to have a fair test.
They will brief you about how they will conduct the test, if you have ever done any training with a bike school using radios then it will all be very familiar.
I will follow you, I will give you directions over the radio, if I do not give you directions at junctions then follow the road straight ahead
Please ride for yourself during the test if you have a safe opportunity please take it, do not wait until there is a gap large enough for both of us
If you leave me behind I will ask you pull up and stop and wait for me, otherwise continue
They will also explain how they will conduct the Independent Driving part of the test, more of which later.
The examiner is not there to influence how you ride in anyway, they tend to sit behind you and to your left, they are staying out of your way, it does not mean you are riding to wide ! They will normally ride a motorcycle, but pretty often they will use a car, it is all down to practicalities and resources, and not because the weather is bad or that the examiner doesn’t have a bike licence, he does.
OK, they will now take you outside of the test center building and carry out an eye sight ( read a standard number plate 20.5m away ). They will check over your bike very briefly and write down the registration number. The bike must be road worthy and meet the requirements for the test you are taking.
Before you head out on the road you will be asked some questions, usually two about safety and maintenance and a third about pillion passengers. The questions are basic and not difficult.
The examiner will carry out a radio check and then say â please lead off when you are ready and away you go.
There are detailed explanations of road riding in the skills section on this site, so what follows is just a brief guide to what you can expect.
You will not need to carry out any of the manoeuvres you did on the Module One Test.
You will usually stop four times
One stop will be a hill start, the examiner will normally tell you where to stop, it is not usually very steep
One stop will be an angled start, you will stop behind a parked vehicle and the move off around it, again the examiner will normally tell you where to stop
Two stops will be normal you must decide on a safe, convenient and legal place to pull up.
There will be part of the test lasting 10 minutes or so which is called Independent Riding.
This is carried out in two ways, you might be shown a diagram of part of the test route, asked to ride along that route and then stop, don’t worry they only ask you to ride through three junctions and then stop. For example at the T junction turn left, at the first roundabout take the third exit, it is a right hand turn, at the second roundabout take the second exit to follow the road straight ahead and then please stop.
The other way they might ask you to follow a route is ‘please follow the signs to …..’
Everybody I have talked to so far has found this the easiest part of the test, because they knew where they were going next.
During the test just ride round sensibly, at normal speeds, obey the Highway Code, make progress but don’t rush, show awareness of hazards real or possible by changing speed and/or position and don’t get in the way of other road users. It’s not difficult !
The test is not a navigational exercise, you will not fail for going the wrong way safely, you will only fail for riding badly. If you are in the wrong lane, go with the lane, the examiner will change the route, ( I think they enjoy going off route some times, it must be boring trundling round the same old roads day after day ).
Pass or Fail
Once back at the Test Center park up where you started, follow the examiners directions about the radios, they will normally take you into a debriefing room you may or may not want your instructor to be with you.
You will normally be told quite promptly if you have passed or failed. Occasionally you might be quizzed as to why you made a particular decision out on the road, this does not happen often but sometimes things can be ambiguous out on the road and you will be given a chance to put your point of view. Show a logical reason for doing what you did and you may well still pass.
Good examiners will give a useful debrief at the end of the test, you may be aware of what went wrong already, if not you will gain an insight into what they are looking for if you need to retake the test.
If you have passed the examiner will offer to process your driving licence for you, ( photo ID licence only ), unless you need your licence in the near future take up their offer, every spring we run a couple of courses for people retaking their test because they never sent away their licence to be updated. If you have an old licence you will need to apply for a new photo ID licence with your new categories on it.
If you have failed listen thoughtfully to what the examiner says, very very occasionally as an Instructor I might feel that an examiner has made a poor decision, I am talking three times in 30 years. Do not go off on one ! You will stop listening and fail to understand the issues. The latest example I can give you was a candidate failed for turning right from a straight on lane, the examiner stayed cool and rational whilst the candidate got quite nasty for having been failed, refusing to understand the problem.
The examiners decision is final, you can only appeal against the manner in which a test was conducted, I would discuss this with your training school first, at most you will be given a free retest.