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#1 chconline

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Posted 27 May 2008 - 09:28 PM

Every forum has it, so let me write one up too tongue.gif

Here's one for the province of Alberta. Feel free to write something specific to your province or area (BC and Toronto would be nice if you still have this memorable sheet). Some background stuff for basic passenger vehicle licensing:

Class 7: Minimum age 14, must have a Class 5 full license passenger beside you at all times. Must hold for 1 year.
Class 5 Probationary (Basic): Minimum age 16, 7 demerits, 0 alcohol level, cannot accompany class 7, must hold for 2 years
Class 5 (Advanced/Full/whatever): Minimum age 18.

Here's some tips and guide to the Alberta road test. Most tests should be similar, but below is an example of the Class 5 Probationary examiner's checklist. I'll go over what each means.

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1. Just your car equipment in general, like signals, wipers, whatever. Better know how to use those. I didn't use the steering wheel correctly with hand positions on left turns, so I got owned 15 points. The guy can put that in category 2 as well.
2. Just hand position in steering. Do two handed hand-over-hand steering at all times.
3. Generally the smoothness of straightening the wheels after a turn. Watch out for torque steer if you are flooring it on a FWD on a turn tongue.gif (Don't do that heh)
4, 5, 6. Do yourself a favor. Drive a dang automatic to your test. We are in Canada.
7. Most people should not have a problem in this area, but just don't pull your handbrake around a corner, etc.
8. Signal at the right time. Don't do it too far ahead, don't do it too late. Around 20-30m depending on speed is good. The class 5 basic is in city so that's a good reference. I failed my driving test twice before and one guy docked me marks there, so it really depends on who you get.
9. This one is self explanatory. Just signal whenever you are turning your wheel unless you are following the bend of the road.

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1. If you are driving an auto, just set your vehicle in Park and activate handbrakes. If standard use gear 1 or reverse and handbrake. I don't see why you are using a standard transmission for this test though lol.
2. Look left and look right when backing. Check mirrors. Not hard.
3. Just be confident in your parking and do it right the first time. For parking uphill or downhill make sure you're close enough to the curb (Look at right mirror) and make sure your wheels are right. Set your car in neutral and slowly let it hit the curb and stop.
4. Noob fail.
5. I don't know why you would have this problem, unless you are driving a standard. Or you just forgot your brakes, but if that's the case, then you deserve to be docked marks. tongue.gif
6. Just be confident, don't do it too quickly and not too slowly.

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1. Just check your mirrors. It's ok to exaggerate a bit.
2. Shoulder check. Do it even when you are exiting a parallel parking spot. Also when you are driving in a residential area and making a right turn and the right lane is a parking lane, you still need to shoulder check. Signal, shoulder check, as if there will be cars there.
3. Be confident. Be yourself tongue.gif
4. Noob driver alert.
5. Don't tailgate the guy?
6. Just check when it's safe to do so.
7. I don't know how you would get docked points here... read the dang book when you got your learner's. tongue.gif

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1. Just always stop before those lines. Bumper before it. At all times. Just do it. But when you do it wrong, it's ok, you won't fail. The moment you shift your car into reverse, it's an auto fail. It's only 10 points.
2. Yeah and don't stop too far back.
3. When in doubt, unless it's prohibited (See instant fail section) then stop, it's only 10 points. JUST DON'T OBSTRUCT TRAFFIC OR VIOLATE LIGHTS/SIGNS. That's an insta-fail (Again, see instant fail section). Sometimes if you don't make a full stop you fail.
4. Do it. Before the pedestrian route.
5. Keep your head up.
6. Get enough practice tongue.gif
7. Left lane to left lane.
8. Get enough practice.
9. Right lane to right lane. Even if it's a parking lane, go into it, and then signal left into the actual driving lane.
10. No idea.
11. Don't floor the gas pedal.
12. Don't drive too slow. Natural.

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1. Just expect it coming. Look at the pedestrian signs on the side to see if it's a stale green. Don't make sudden stops or whatever, just don't scare the guy next to you. And don't run red lights.
2. As before.
3. Watch for people and traffic and how the signs appear.

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1. Don't brake at every controlled intersection and driveway. It may make you look good but you can get screwed for as bad as traffic obstruction. Just cover your brakes.
2. You know what? When you have right of way (Like an uncontrolled intersection) it's ok to be a bit hesitant. The max you might get is just a few points off. However if you automatically assumed own right of way and you don't you fail.
3. Aggressive driving only gets you 10? Nice.

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1. That's assuming you aren't speeding. But let's say you are approaching a bend of the road and it tells you to slow down. Go around the suggested speed limit, also depending on traffic.
2. If it's raining, go slower. Just explain to your examiner. They'll love you for that.

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1. Well if you get over 75 points you fail. It's sorta hard though. I only got 15. (I got 25 on my first one, 40 on the second one because the guy was picky. I failed both though lol. tongue.gif The one I passed was exceptional... if only my steering was better. But I do one handed driving anyway, so what the heck tongue.gif )
2. Let's say you are making a turn and there's a pedestrian route. The moment the guy steps on the road and you have a stop sign and they are approaching from the other side, you FAIL. Make sure that when you go through a pedestrian crosswalk no one is on the road at all, regardless.
3. Don't run red lights. Also on right turns, make full stop at red lights. And if it's green, go. Don't freaking stop. That's how I failed my second test. It was otherwise perfect (Also for traffic obstruction)
4. Make a full stop before a stop sign. BEFORE it. Or the line. However some examiners would accept you going past the stop sign, then make a FULL stop, as long as it is 3m before the intersection. It's ok to make a stop before it though.
5. Don't speed, especially through school zones. If it says 50, drive 45. If it's 30, do 25. Don't go right at speed limit to allow some tolerance, and don't drive too slow or you MAY fail.
6. I was explained that it was doing something "otherwise illegal", I don't know.
7. Just don't do it lol. Watch out for that in parallel parking and hill parking when rolling.
8. Slow down to yield speed at an uncontrolled intersection. Usually what happens 80% of the time with uncontrolled are roads with no marked middle line. SLOW DOWN TO YIELD SPEED CAN'T STRESS THAT ENOUGH. Or you fail. If there's a car and you are going straight and it's on your right, STOP. They have the right of way. I know it feels weird but that's the truth. If you go you get an insta-fail for this and right of way violation. Just do it. Cars may honk at you at the back if you stop but for the sake of this test, do it. That's how I failed my first one because the guy yielded to me, but even if they stop and yield to you just dang it stop.
9. Yeah that. Don't stop when unnecessary if there's traffic behind you. Got to be confident. So if you are at a green light turning right and there's cars behind you, just slow down to yield and go. Don't freaking stop or you're screwed.
10. No idea what it means, but when you take the test you have to be pretty good at driving right?
11. Good luck tongue.gif
12. Just make sure you're good at driving lol. These are basics.
13. It's quite vague but don't run people off the road etc. and make sure no guy honks at you for cutting them off or something
14. Not really applicable I guess.


Generally speaking:
- Just be good at driving
- Be natural - don't suck up to the guy, although observe the laws. You'll forget it 3 days later but you know.
- Be alert at all times of everything around you.
- Study this guide.
- Make sure the guy's happy tongue.gif
- And when you have any doubts, ask him, they will explain to you BEFORE THE TEST BEGINS.
- Know your vehicle well.


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Posted 28 May 2008 - 07:41 AM

I failed my G2 once and passed on my second attempt.

The tester asked me to pull over and attempt a 3-point turn. So, I pulled over, signaled and did a 360 degree check. Just as I was about to pull away from the curb, a car turns onto the road. I was about to press my brakes, when suddenly, my car jerks to a halt. The stupid tester slammed the brakes before I could (I was using my driver instructor's car). Jack as-s. Retook the test using my mum's Mazda and passed with only one minor infraction.

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Posted 29 May 2008 - 12:39 AM

My driving teacher from AMA said that one of her students failed the class 5 because she forgot to go back to the right lane after turning left on a traffic light (she didn't have to make a left turn at all).

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Posted 29 May 2008 - 06:35 AM

I don't think they can fail you for being in the wrong lane unless you are obstructing traffic... they test you based on your skills, not ability to take instructions from the guy.

Plus if you make a left turn and you go into the wrong lane, that's like 10 points only. I didn't do that on my test (Right lane to right lane even if it means I need to immediately signal to the left) but we all do that in real life :thumbsup: Just shoulder check lol
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Posted 01 June 2008 - 07:46 AM

Got through driving tests okay. The tester said that I didn't look both ways when passing through a green light (which is a little extreme but I understand what he meant). Many fail due to the tester, but then again, there are many who shouldn't be driving at all :thumbsup:
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Posted 03 June 2008 - 02:42 PM

Well in some places of the world, people drives because they like to. Here in North America, people drive because public transport sucks :P
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Posted 03 June 2008 - 06:11 PM

Well in some places of the world, people drives because they like to. Here in North America, people drive because public transport sucks :P


lol. You're probably right on that!
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Posted 05 June 2008 - 08:50 PM

Sweet stuff I wish i had this guide guide when I took my test backi n the days :P
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Posted 07 June 2008 - 01:16 PM

Haha. I wish I did too. :P
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Posted 22 September 2008 - 11:20 AM

Just got my license last week. It took me 2 times before I passed it. The first time I got a total of 55 points, but I automatically failed it for going through an uncontrolled intersection in a residential area so that's automatic failure. The second time I got 75 points and passed it.
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Posted 25 September 2008 - 09:54 PM

75 points is this why you have that P.O.S corolla? no offense rofl :S
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Posted 26 September 2008 - 04:24 PM

Well, I'm sorry my parents don't have 20k+ to spend on a new car like your parents do.
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Posted 26 September 2008 - 04:26 PM

AJ, hes a pilot, he makes big dough

i got my G a month ago, passed it with some minor errors , late lane change blah blah.

so im 100% . got my G1 first try, G2 first try and G first try in a manual car :S
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Posted 26 September 2008 - 05:16 PM

I think Big Bang meant that, (My interpretation of his words, not mine, so don't hold me for anything) -- because of the 75 points on his driving test (Implicitly indicating of poor driving skills or habitual errors causing instant fails multiple times) made his parents not trusting him with anything more than a 1993 Toyota Corolla.

That said, yes my car is more than $20k, and yes I'm paying for it myself while being a so-called 'poor student in university'.
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Posted 26 September 2008 - 08:07 PM

That said, yes my car is more than $20k, and yes I'm paying for it myself while being a so-called 'poor student in university'.


That's always a wonder: good grades + weekly reviews + money to finance car without parents


My brother passed class 5 on the first try, which he described as "really easy," but he occasionally makes habitual (potentially fatal) errors -- yikes. If other kids are like that, maybe the AB road test is too easy.

Btw, in your guide

D. Intersection No. 10 "incorrect position": this means leave the steering wheel straight when you're waiting to turn left (I think)

L. Disqualifications No.10 "unable to perform skill maneuver": if you can't parallel park or park good, you fail

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Posted 26 September 2008 - 09:18 PM

Oh sweet :S

I don't think I've made anything "fatal" in my driving so far. The good ol' shoulder check takes like >60% of that away ;) And don't weave in and out of traffic/move at traffic speed? That's like 85% of the chances of accidents caused by yourself away. But I failed the test twice and got it on my third try (With 15 points as shown above). All my tests has really low point count like 15, 25, etc. There's just those instant-fail errors, but not necessarily fatal. Things just happen, and it depends on the mood of the examiner.

That said, AJ, how did you get 75 points? That's really high.
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Posted 27 September 2008 - 12:38 PM

Not having hands on the steering wheel at 9:00 and 3:00, checking my blind spot late, and he said I made lane change in an intersection which I don't remember making one in an intersection so I dunno but that it.
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Posted 15 January 2009 - 02:29 PM

Hi there to all of you , just read all your tips and advice for advanced driving test class 5.
I am going to attempt this for the second time this Saturday, and found your tips useful. I have been driving fo 20 years but in another country where we drove on the left, so apparently I still straddle lanes and was heavily marked against for this, I also am not sure what an uncontrolled intersection is, is there any way of knowing this, what signs denotes an uncontrolled intersection? Would really be great to know, thanking you in advance.... PS I got 55 demerits on y last test, and was failed for rolling at a 4 way stop.

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Posted 15 January 2009 - 05:42 PM

First of all, welcome to APH :P Glad this helped you.

Don't ever do roll ins. In general, the unspecified rules of the road does not apply to driving tests. Everything written rule applies and every unwritten rule does not.

Uncontrolled intersection means that there's no signs :P Generally speaking, if you're going through a road that does not have divided lane markings usually it's uncontrolled. The person on the right always has right of way, and on a driving test usually you are approaching on a straight road with T-sections on the right, which means that every time you go through an intersection, brake to yield speed and if there's a car, stop and let them go first. In Calgary Ranchlands that's exactly how it is and there are seven consecutive uncontrolled intersections. Where are you taking your test?
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Posted 16 January 2009 - 08:43 AM

First of all, welcome to APH :P Glad this helped you.

Don't ever do roll ins. In general, the unspecified rules of the road does not apply to driving tests. Everything written rule applies and every unwritten rule does not.

Uncontrolled intersection means that there's no signs :P Generally speaking, if you're going through a road that does not have divided lane markings usually it's uncontrolled. The person on the right always has right of way, and on a driving test usually you are approaching on a straight road with T-sections on the right, which means that every time you go through an intersection, brake to yield speed and if there's a car, stop and let them go first. In Calgary Ranchlands that's exactly how it is and there are seven consecutive uncontrolled intersections. Where are you taking your test?


Many thanks again, I am pretty nervous. My test is booked at the Crowfoot Registry, so I have no idea where they would take me.
My last tester took me to Bowness Road.