There are a total of three tests you will be required to take when you are learning how to drive: the Basic Theory Test, Final Theory Test and the Traffic Police Practical Driving Test. After passing your Basic Theory Test, you will be able to apply for a provisional driving license (PDL) that will let you begin to learn how to drive with a qualified driving instructor. However, you will not be able to sit for the practical examination if you only have a pass in your BTT. You need to have a pass in your Final Theory Test as well before you are qualified to sit for the practical exam. The practical driving test is the final exam you need to conquer in order to attain the ultimate goal of every learner driver: a driving license.
Procedure for Final Theory Test.
1. Get your Final Theory of Driving booklet.
You can get your Final Theory of Driving booklet at a physical bookstore or an online bookstore. If you are enrolled as a student in your driving centre, you may have the booklet already provided for you so be sure to double check with your school before going out to buy it. If you need to buy the book yourself, make sure to check that it is the latest edition before buying. Some changes in the syllabus may be essential for you to to take note of, and having a previous edition might put you at more of a disadvantage compared to other students.
2. Attend your lessons.
If you’ve registered for lessons with the driving school, there will be classroom lessons you can attend where you will be taught everything you need to know in order to pass your Final Theory Test. Try to attend all the lessons as the instructors are trained to equip you well with the skills you need to pass, and you can question them personally about anything you need clarifications on. If you find that the driving centre is simply too far for you to have to travel there so often, some schools have the option of e-lessons, so you may wish to opt for that instead. Private candidates will have to study in their own time since they do not have access to the lessons conducted by the driving school. It is crucial that you manage your time wisely as a private candidate; otherwise you are at risk of putting off studying until the very last minute. The best way to remember something is to apply it to real-life context, so whenever you’re on the road, keep an eye out for road signs and ask yourself what they mean. You are only fully prepared to take the test when you can identify and understand each and every single sign you come across.
3. Try out test questions.
The driving school will have mock tests that you can pay and register for regardless of whether or not you are a driving school student. Mock tests at the school will mimic the actual exam conditions that you will eventually have to face, so it would be good for you to register for at least one test before going for the real thing. However, if you aren’t keen on paying for or attending a mock test, you can choose to seek out the unlimited resources available online. Due to the advancements in modern technology, you can find hundreds of free test questions available at your fingertips instantaneously within the comfort of your own home. Whether or not you take the time to actually try them out is another separate matter, though. The more questions you manage to expose yourself to, the easier the actual test will be for you. Make sure that you pace yourself and manage your time wisely; it’s impractical to leave everything to the last minute and still expect to pass.
4. Book your test slot.
Keep in mind that the earliest date you will be able to schedule your test will probably be about a month away from when you are booking it. Make sure to pace yourself according to when your test date will be. If you are finished with studying weeks before your actual test, you need to have the self discipline to constantly revise your knowledge so that you don’t end up sitting for the test with an empty head. If you don’t have the confidence that you will be able to revise consistently after covering the entire syllabus, book your test before you start preparing for it. The time constraint will force you to study regardless of whether or not you feel like it, and you will be in top form when the test date finally rolls around.
5. Go for the test.
The time limit for your Final Theory Test is 50 minutes, and you will be required to answer a total of 50 questions. In order to pass, you cannot make more than five errors throughout the entire test, meaning you will need to have a score of 45 and above. If you’ve paced yourself right and studied consistently for the test, you should have no problem achieving this mark. While it is not extremely difficult to pass your Final Theory Test, you need to approach it with the right attitude. Some people feel like it’s not a big deal to fail because it only costs $6.50. If they fail, they can just pay and retake the test again, right? Well, that’s not wrong, but if you can do it on your first try, why would you want to pay more money and drag out the process? If you plan on retaking the test with the same attitude, there’s no way that you will pass, no matter how many attempts you make. Just do it once and do it right so you can go on to take your practical test and earn your driver’s license. Also, it is important to note that your FTT pass is only valid for two years. This means that you will need to pass your practical driving test within two years of passing your FTT. Should you fail to do so, you will be required to retake and pass your Final Theory Test in order to be qualified to apply for the Traffic Police Practical Driving Test again.
How to perform your best during the FTT.
1. Be early.
It’s always best to arrive earlier than you are expected to for any kind of test. Being early gives you time to sit down and relax your nerves that are no doubt on edge in anticipation of your impending test. That extra time can also be used for doing a quick mental check of what you know, and you will have the time to flip through your FTT booklet if you find that you are unsure of anything. This way, you will be able to really be in top shape during the test.
2. Bring your FTT booklet with you.
You will not be able to bring your trusty booklet into the exam venue, of course, but having it with you will give you a sense of security while you are sitting outside waiting for the test to begin. Sure, this sense of security may be a faux security blanket, but it helps you to be in the most stable frame of mind when you actually start the test. Your clearer thought process will in turn help you to answer the questions with greater accuracy.
3. Don’t panic.
The time limit for 50 multiple-choice questions is 50 minutes, which is more than enough time for you to complete the test and still have time to check through your answers. Just answer the questions naturally and don’t push yourself to finish faster. If you are unsure about something, don’t panic, calmly skip the question and come back to it after you’ve completed the rest of the test. Always remember: haste makes waste.
4. Go through your answers again.
Don’t feel like you have to leave immediately after you’ve answered all the questions. Whether you’re the first or last one to submit the test, it’s not going to make a difference to your final mark. Since you’re given 50 minutes to complete the test, it would be wise of you to make full use of it. If you have enough time, go back to the very first question and mentally redo the test to see if you get the same answers the second time round. In the event that you only have a few minutes left, briefly skim through the questions and answers and make sure you haven’t misread anything or left any questions blank. Only submit your test when you’re a hundred percent sure you can’t do anything to improve your mark any further.
Though learning to drive in Singapore is frankly a tedious and rather costly process, the benefits of being able to drive far outweigh the drawbacks. If you know of a good driving instructor and are disciplined enough to pace yourself to study, signing up as a private candidate will help to lower the costs incurred from learning to drive. What’s most important is knowing yourself, and knowing what method of learning works best for you.
Passing your Basic Theory Test is the first step towards attaining your driver’s licence. It is a fundamental and mandatory component of learning how to drive. You will only be able to apply for a Provisional Driving License (PDL) and start on your practical driving lessons with your driving school or private driving instructor after passing your Basic Theory Test. This article serves as a comprehensive guide to everything you need to know to register and pass your Basic Theory Test.
Procedure for Basic Theory Test.
1. Register at a driving school.
There are three driving schools in Singapore: the Singapore Safety Driving Centre (SSDC) at 2 Woodlands Industrial Park E4, ComfortDelGro Driving Centre (CDC) at Ubi Ave 4 and Bukit Batok Driving Centre (BBDC) at Bukit Batok West Avenue 5. Be sure to bring along your NRIC or passport and a debit or credit card to pay the registration fees. You will be required to pay a registration fee of $6.50 for the Basic Theory Test and $6.50 for the Final Theory Test. While you are not required to pay all your fees on the day you register, it will be more convenient for you to do so since most of the driving schools are located in somewhat remote locations. Paying your fees upfront will reduce the number of trips you will have to make to the school and help you to save time since the waiting line at driving centres can get very long during certain hours and days of the week. Should you decide that you want to enrol as a student in the school for your practical lessons, you may wish to pay the enrolment fees ($96.30) upfront while you are registering as well.
2. Get your Basic Theory of Driving booklet.
You can choose to get either a physical book that will be available at numerous bookstores nationwide or an Ebook from an online store. If you enrol as a student in the driving centre, the theory books may be provided for you by the school, so be sure to check with them before purchasing your book so that you don’t spend money unnecessarily. Always check that you’re buying the latest edition of the book since there might have been changes to the highway code not included in the previous version that may be important.
3. Go for your lessons.
If you’ve registered yourself as a driving school student, your designated driving school will conduct classroom lessons on the driving theory that you can attend. You will also have the option of learning through e-lessons uploaded by the school. Try your best not to miss any lessons as your instructors are trained to teach you the main points and may also give you tips on how to score better during the test. Private candidates will have to ensure that they take time out of their schedule to self-study the syllabus. You will be able to learn more effectively if you regularly refresh your memory by actively taking note of road signs whenever you’re out on the streets. Keep testing yourself if you really know what each and every sign is supposed to mean. Once you can safely say that you understand all the signs you come across, you are ready to take the test.
4. Look through test questions.
Both driving school test candidates, as well as private candidates, are able to register for mock tests prepared by the school in order to prepare for the exam. If you don’t feel like forking out the fees for a mock test, you can choose to seek out the tonnes of free resources available online for you to prepare yourself for the test. With just a few taps on your keyboard and clicks on your mouse, you will be able to find sites that provide hundreds of free test questions similar to real test questions. As long as you have the discipline to pace yourself properly, you should be able to pass with limited difficulty. You should try to look through as many test questions as possible to prepare yourself for any unexpected questions you might face during the test.
5. Register for your Basic Theory Test.
You will be required to register separately for your Basic Theory Test on the driving centre website if you did not do so when you first went down to the driving centre to register yourself. Don’t take your own sweet time; the closest date available for you to book a slot is usually at least a month away from the day that you register. Because of this long waiting time, you don’t have to wait until you are a hundred per cent prepared before registering. Chances are that if you do that, you’ll forget everything you’ve learnt by the time your test date arrives. Book a slot before you’re fully prepared so that your memory will be at its peak during the day of the test. If you work better under pressure, you may even want to consider booking a slot the very day you register in the driving school so that you will be forced to make time to study whether you want to or not.
6. Go for the test.
You will be given a total of 50 minutes to complete your Basic Theory Test. The passing mark is 90%, and you will need to answer a total of 50 questions, which means you will need to get at least 45 questions correct out of 50. This figure may seem daunting at first glance, but rest assured, you have nothing to worry about if you’ve done sufficient preparation. Some people do not spend enough time and effort preparing for their Basic Theory Test because they feel like it’s no big deal to retake it since it’s relatively cheap ($6.50). However, remember that if you fail, not only will you be wasting that $6.50, you will also be wasting another entire month because you will need to book your test and wait all over again. Do it once, do it right, and you won’t have to waste more of your precious time and money.
How to perform your best during the BTT.
1. Arrive early.
For any and all tests, it’s always a good idea to show up earlier than you have to. The extra time you spend outside the exam venue waiting for the test to begin will help you to calm your nerves and perform your best. You can also use that time to do some last minute revision as well as run through some pointers in your head so that you don’t have to spend as much time pondering over the questions during the test.
2. Bring along your BTT booklet.
While some people may have their reservations about the usefulness of this tip because they feel that last minute studying won’t do you any good, having your booklet with you will provide you with some peace of mind in case you have a momentary mental block. It’s true that if you choose not to study till an hour before the test, you’re unlikely to pass. But even the most prepared person can panic before a test, and it helps to have in your hands something to affirm you and calm you down.
3. Don’t rush.
You have 50 minutes to complete 50 questions, which means you can only afford to spend a maximum of one minute on one question. When you look at it that way, it creates the illusion of needing to rush through the questions so that you can finish them on time. However, trust me when I say that 50 minutes for 50 multiple-choice questions is more than enough. Chances are you’ll even have ample time to check your answers at the end of the test. Don’t rush, because that’s when you’ll end up making the most mistakes.
4. Check your answers.
After you finish the test, don’t be in a hurry to submit it and leave. Nobody is going to give you a prize for being the first one to leave the test venue. Always, always, always make sure that you double check your answers. Ensure that you haven’t misread any questions or left them blank. Even if you don’t know what the answer is, just pick the one that sounds like the safest option. You won’t be penalised for any wrong answers, so you might as well try your luck and see if you can manage to get it right. If you have enough time, go back to the start and mentally redo every question from scratch. Remember that once you hit ‘submit’, there’s no more turning back.
It is imperative that you prepare well for your test before attempting it so that you don’t waste time having to retake it when you could have passed the first-time round if you had put in enough effort to study. The Basic Theory Test ensures that all potential future drivers are aware of the road signs as well as necessary safety precautions that you need to take when you are on the road. It may be viewed as troublesome to us as students, but it is undoubtedly a crucial part of a driver’s education.
With effect on 1st June 2014, Work Permit and S-Pass permit holders who have foreign driving licenses and want to convert to a Singapore Class 3 license (including light goods vehicles and small buses) will have to clear and pass the Class 3 Practical Driving Test (PDT) and the Basic Theory Test. This is to ensure that all these drivers are familiar with driving on Singapore roads.
Singapore New Class 3C Licence
At the same time, Traffic Police Singapore has introduced a new Class 3C license as of 1st June 2014. this Class 3C license will aloow the holder to drive all Class 3 vehicles except for light goods vehicles, mini vans and small buses. For this Class 3C licence, drivers will only need to pass the Basic Theory Test to convert their foreign driving license to the Singapore Class 3C licence.
Singapore New Class 3CA Licence
The Class 3CA licence is also newly introduced to new drivers who only want to drive automated Class 3C vehicles.
So overall in summary:
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Practical Driving Test Singapore
Driving Centres / Driving Schools
You have 3 options in Singapore:
Bukit Batok Driving Centre (BBDC)
815 Bukit Batok West Ave 5
ComfortDelGro Driving Centre Pte Ltd
205 Ubi Ave 4
Singapore Safety Driving Centre (SSDC)
2 Woodlands Industrial Park E4
Private Driving Instructors
When it comes to your practical driving, you have the choices of opting for school driving instructors or private driving instructors.
A main reason why most people choose private driving instructors is the cost factor.
You can be paying as low as SGD$45 per 90 minutes session with a private driving instructor. And with the same driving instructor (private), you get better pointers in terms of correcting your bad driving habits, which in turn increases your chances of passing.
Final Theory Test (FTT) Singapore
The Final Theory Test is really a lot tricker than the Basic Theory Test in the sense that you will be expected to know how a manual car work (clutch, brakes and accelerator) together with the different gears.
Even if you are going for the auto car license (Class 3A), you have to clear the same Final Theory Test taken by Class 3 students (Manual and Auto).
Passing your Basic Theory Test is the first step in getting your driving license in Singapore.
Specifically we are referring to motor cars Class 3 / 3A licenses.
Whether you are going for Manual or Auto (Class 3 / 3A licenses), the Basic Theory Test (Exam) is held in various CDC driving schools.
Note: You can sign up as a school student for your basic theory test at CDC even if you intend to work with private driving instructors later. In fact we recommend you to sign up with the school when you are preparing for your Basic Theory Test.
As a student, you can take more mock (simulated) basic theory test tests 2-3 hours before the actual exam. This will greatly help you in clearing your Basic Theory Test.
Basic Theory Test (BTT) Singapore
Everyone hopes to pass their TP test at their first attempt so that they do not have to re-take the test and spend more money. There are some instances where people failed their Traffic Police Test for more than 10 times and this could vastly affect their morale and determination.
For every case where students passed their TP Practical Driving Test at their first attempt, there are common traits that they possessed.
1) They are better in muti-tasking such as controlling the vehicle and at the same time, monitoring the road traffic.
2) They are calm during panic situations.
3) They have better situation awareness.
Top 10 Common Mistakes Made
1) Strike/mount kerb during the circuit course
2) Fail to check blind spot
3) Steer the steering wheel when vehicle is stationery
4) Change lane abruptly
5) Making sharp and wide turn
6) Speed too slow
7) Veer off course
8) Fail to slow down when approaching road hazards
9) Not able to confirm safety
10) Passing the traffic lights during amber lights or blinking green arrow
The mistakes mentioned above are the most common mistakes that made by students during Traffic Police Test. Also, these are the mistakes that caused many students to fail during their first attempt.
The reason students are committing the top 10 common mistakes is because their instructors did not mention to their students. When students made these mistakes during these normal practical lessons and no one voiced out to them, it became a bad habit.
Tips for passing their TP Practical Driving Test
When students entered the stationary car for TP Practical driving test, the first few things they should take note are:
1) Adjust their seats to their own comfort level.
2) Fasten their seat belts.
3) Adjust the rear mirror so that they are able to monitor the traffic behind.
4) Adjust the side mirrors so that they are able to see both sides of the traffic when changing lanes.
5) Before moving off, check your surroundings to ensure you are safe to drive off.
6) Always remember to signal before changing to the lane you want so that it serves as a signal to other drivers about your intention.
7) Follow the tester’s instructions clearly and carefully. Do not try to do things according to your own will.
A lot of students fail their Traffic Police test in the circuit course itself due to anxiety and the tremendous pressure faced. Students are well prepared in driving the courses in the circuit before they booked their TP test. The reason they fail because they are nervous and always focusing on the outcome of the test. Students are adviced to calm down and take the test as if they are driving normally during their practical lessons.
Assigned Test Route
School/private driving instructors have brought their students to familarize all the test routes that will be tested during the Traffic Police Test. Students who fail because of the accumulated “small” mistakes they made which exceeds 20 points.
Students should spend a few revision practical driving lessons with their instructions few days before they take the practical test so that instructors could pinpoint all the bad habits they have and ensure that they do not commit the same mistake again during TP test. After the revision lessons with their instructors, it is best to record down into a notebook and remind yourself not to make the same mistakes again.
Details of the Traffic Police Test
1) On the test date itself, students will be gathered in a room for briefing.
2) Students will be allocated to their assigned test route (random).
3) Tester will bring them to their assigned car for students enrolled in driving schools, while private students will be using their private car for the test.
4) There are 2 sections tested in Traffic Police Test.
a) Circuit Course in driving schools (Misc, directional change, parallel parking, vertical parking, crank course and the S-course).
b) Test route assigned to students. Each student will be assigned different route.
5) After the Traffic Police test, students will be gathered in the same room, waiting for their results to be out.