About the BC Driver License Written Test

BC Driver License Written Test

You are required to pass a written driving test and be at least 16 years of age to get a driving license of any class in British Columbia. The written driving test has 50 multiple-choice questions. To legally drive in British Columbia, you need to get a class 7 learners permit, which requires a score of 40 out of 50. This article will discuss how to register for the British Columbia written driving test, different types of class licenses, and how to get them.

How to register for the British Columbia written driving test

Steps to register for the British Columbia written driving test

  1. Prove your Identity

Documents with your photo, date of birth and full legal names are required to prove your identity. Identification cards, valid passports or Canadian armed forces identification cards are examples. If your name has changed due to marriage, legal change of name, divorce, or other reasons, you must disclose, and provide proof of your new name.

  1. Prove you are a Canadian resident

A Canadian birth certificate, a secure certificate of Indian status or a valid Canadian passport are official proof of Canadian residence. Your passport must have 90 or more days left to qualify for licensing if you are a foreign passport holder on a work or study permit. You are required to provide a written translation if you hold residence documents in a language other than English.

  1. Provide BC residence documents

An original copy of electronic utility bills with your British Columbia address including, telephone bills, cable TV bills, or Internet bills, are accepted as proof of British Columbian residence. Other non-utility correspondence addressed to your BC address, including bank statements, Social Benefit Statement or income tax assessment documents. To ensure the information is current, make sure the documents are less than 90 days old.

What is on the BC Driver License Written Test

While driving affords you the freedom and mobility, it also involves significant risks to you and other drivers. You need to make sound and informed decisions while driving to ensure your won and others’ safety. The written driving test focuses on testing your ability to drive smart. This section covers some of the areas tested under the written driving test to assess your ability to drive safely.

Ability to make Good Decisions

As a driver, you will be required to make quick and accurate decisions. This part of the test will assess your awareness of cues in the driving environment, including

  • Signals
  • Road markings
  • Signs

Knowledge of these cues allows you to predict what could happen and prepare to respond accordingly. Understanding road signs, including children and animal crossing, is crucial as it may help you predict what others on the road, such as children, might do.

Knowledge of your Vehicle

Your knowledge of operating your vehicle is another critical area tested by the written driving test. A crucial factor to safe driving is mastering your vehicle’s controls. To ensure your safety and reduce chances of serious injury, you must adjust your seat, mirrors, and head restraints to their proper position. Since your responsibility as a driver is to ensure that all your passengers have their seatbelts on, the written test assesses your awareness of child-restraint systems. The test will also assess whether you understand the pre-trip check, which is essential in preventing breakdowns.

Knowledge of Signs, Signals, and Road Markings

Your understanding of standard signals, road markings, and signs that guide drivers and other road users is tested to ensure you adhere to rules that keep traffic flowing smoothly and organized. Read signs by their color, the message printed on them, and their shape.

Other signs on the test

  • Regulatory signs – Examples are stop signs or yield signs.   It is a crime to ignore regulatory signs.
  • Regulatory signs indicate or reinforce traffic laws, regulations or requirements.  These may apply all the time, or at specified times or places.
  • Warning Signs – Examples are Watch for Deer or Rock on Road.  Warning signs alert you to potential hazards as you drive, and prepare you to respond if necessary.

Rules of the Road

Rules of the road include how to change lanes correctly, drive safely at intersections, how to park legally and others. This section tests your knowledge in:

  • Understanding intersections: Since intersections involve a lot of activity, you must understand proper signaling, which communicates to other drivers and makes your actions predictable. You also need to understand the different types of intersections, such as controlled intersections with traffic lights and uncontrolled intersections with no signs, and the appropriate actions in each.
  • Using lanes correctly: As a driver, you need to understand the lanes, how to use them, as choosing the correct lane gives you the best vision possible. You will also be tested on your mastery of lane tracking, as you will need to position your vehicle on the correct lane before you make a turn or overtake another vehicle.
  • Parking tips and rules: The test will assess whether you understand where and when to park, as illegal parking may be hazardous to other drivers, for example, it is illegal to park at certain spots, including sidewalks, bicycle lanes, and highway tunnels.

Your Ability to See, Think, and Take Action

With the ability to think like a driver, maintain a safe vehicle, understand road markings, signals, and signs and understand traffic rules, the test assesses your ability to merge all these concepts in your thinking and acting.

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Date Published: Wednesday, December 22nd, 2021
Date Modified: Monday, May 2nd, 2022