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.
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).