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Practical motorcycle test – booking and preparation

You’ll need to take a two part practical test in order to gain your full motorcycle licence.

The practical test is designed to show that your riding skills meet the DSA National Riding Standard and that you can ride safely without help or guidance.

You need to have passed your theory test before you can take the practical test modules, as the test draws upon the teachings of the theory test.

The motorcycle practical test is divided into two modules. Module 1 costs £15.50 and module 2 costs £75. Visit gov.uk for more details of practical test costs

Practical test modules

Unlike for cars, the motorcycle practical is a two-part test. You need to pass both modules of the test in order to gain your full motorcycle licence. The modules must be taken in order and you must pass the first one to move on to the second.

Module 1 - is conducted off road at a test centre. In this test you’ll have to demonstrate your control of the motorcycle through a series of manoeuvres which include a figure of eight, an emergency stop, and a U-turn.

Even though this test is conducted off road, you should ride as if you were out on the road.

Module 2 – is the road-based test. This is where you’ll need to put your knowledge of the Highway Code and theory into practice. You’ll be riding on a number of different types of roads to a route dictated to you by the examiner. In this test you’ll also asked a number of questions about safety checks on the motorcycle and about carrying a pillion passenger. It also includes the eyesight test.

Preparing for your practical test

There are a couple of different routes to taking your motorcycle practical test. You can take the compulsory basic training and then pay for lessons each week, similar to how people prepare for the car test. Alternatively you can book an intensive training course and take your test modules at the end.

There are advantages and disadvantages to both. Taking your CBT and riding a 125cc motorcycle allows you build up your riding skillset and road knowledge over a period of time, and should help you feel more at ease with riding a motorcycle. Whilst undertaking intensive training will mean that everything is fresh in your head for when you take your test modules.

Whichever route you decide to take, your training will be carried out by an approved training body (ATB). When talking to local motorcycle schools check that the full practical test syllabus is covered.

You’ll want to practice on as many different types of roads as possible, in all sorts of conditions, and should include dual carriageways where the national speed limit applies.

Local test routes are public knowledge so make sure that your ATB familiarises you with the routes.

Booking your practical motorcycle test

Both practical test modules can be booked together, however you might want to ensure that you leave enough time between the modules in case you need to retake module 1.  If you fail the first module to must wait a minimum of three working days before you can retake it. Likewise if you need to cancel or reschedule module 2 you need to give three working days notice.

Your ATB might offer to book the tests for you. They often buy slots in bulk in for their students. It’s best to talk to your trainer first before organising your test.

If you book the tests yourself then always book using the official government website.

Your test will take place at your nearest official test centre

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