What to expect on your Class 5 road test
You're a more experienced driver now, so you'll be tested in environments that are a bit more challenging than the Class 7 road test. The most important thing to show your examiner is that you're a safe driver with excellent skills and vehicle control.
The test and examiner feedback takes about 35 minutes.
At the start of your road test, your examiner will check out your car — just to make sure all the important parts are working and you know where they are (like the horn, parking brake, high beams, turn signals, etc.). You'll also need to demonstrate hand signals for turning.
This pre-trip check is important. If your
car isn't safe enough to drive, you won't be able to take your test.
After your car has been checked out and deemed safe, you'll start your road test. Your examiner will take you through a pre-set route to test your driving skills — like turning, changing lanes, and parking.
The route could include city streets, commercial areas, and highways. You'll also go through different kinds of intersections: ones without traffic signs, ones with stop signs, and large intersections with traffic lights. Any time you'll be making a turn or switching lanes, you'll get plenty of warning.
Your examiner may also ask you to spot and point out potential hazards.
After you've finished your route, you'll have a chance to go over the test with your examiner, to see what you did well and what areas might need improvement. You'll find out right away if you passed your test or if you weren't successful.
If you're uncomfortable speaking English, you can bring someone to translate for you during the feedback session. However, translators aren't allowed in the car during the road test.
Your examiner will also give you a paper copy of your test, including a Skills Explainer sheet and circle what skills you’ll need to improve. The sheet will be provided in English, but you can compare your copy to versions translated into the following languages:
Retest waiting period
first test attempt, you can take the test again after
If you take the test a
second time and you don't pass, you can try again after 30 days.
three or more tries you don't pass, you can take the test again after
Tips from driver examiners
Your examiner will never try to trick you or ask you to make illegal or unsafe actions. When you’re asked you to do something, you'll get plenty of warning.
Need to brush-up on your driving skills? Check out our
top 7 tips for passing your road test.