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Knowledge Tests

When you are on the path to obtaining your driver’s licence, one of the crucial steps is passing your knowledge test. This test, also known as a written test, is designed to assess your understanding of the rules of the road and traffic signs. At Book Driving Test, we are here to guide you through scheduling the knowledge test process and help you get one step closer to achieving your driving goals.

What is a Knowledge Test?

A knowledge test is known as a written test. It is an essential component of booking your driving test. It evaluates your knowledge of traffic laws, road signs, and general driving rules and regulations. Successfully passing this test demonstrates your readiness to become a responsible and informed driver, ensuring the safety of yourself and others on the road.

Driver’s License Knowledge Tests for Applicants

New drivers and individuals renewing or replacing their licences may be required to take a written knowledge test. Here is what you need to know about knowledge tests for all licence classes:

About Written Knowledge Tests

  • Knowledge tests for all licence classes are developed by the Government Department Ministry of Transportation (MTO).
  • The written tests are available in both paper format and computerised format. The paper format is available at all driving test centres, and the computerised format is available at selected centres.
  • These written tests consist of multiple-choice questions (MCQs).
  • Sample questions for a Class G1 test can be found on the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) website to help you prepare for the test.
  • The knowledge tests do not depend on the selected time; you are allowed to take as much time as you need to complete the test up until the office’s closing time.
  • You can take the test in either English or French, at the very least.
  • Class G1 knowledge tests are offered in 28 different languages to help out a diverse range of applicants.
  • Knowledge tests are conducted at all drive test centres.
  • No appointment is necessary to take the test; however, it is advisable to arrive at least one hour before the office closes to ensure sufficient time.
  • Your test will be marked immediately, and you will receive your results on the spot.

Test Conduction and Results

Knowledge tests are invigilated at government-approved drive test centres to maintain a fair and secure testing environment. Suppose any applicants were held for cheating or disruptive behaviour during the test. In that case, there will result in ejection from the test room, an unsuccessful mark, denial of the test fee, and a required waiting period until the following day to retake the test.

Test Format and Passing Criteria

  • Each knowledge test typically takes 20 to 30 minutes and is divided into two or three sections. These sections cover various topics, such as road signs and rules of the road.
  • To pass the test, you must achieve a total score of at least 80%. If you do not succeed, you can pay the fee and attempt the test again.
  • Test results are valid for one year. If you choose to retake the test within this timeframe, you only need to rewrite the sections that did not meet MTO standards rather than the entire test. This ensures that you can focus on areas that require improvement.

Preparing for Your Knowledge Test

Before preparing for your knowledge test, be aware that the written knowledge test questions are typically based on Ontario’s official driver’s helping handbook for any class of licence you want to pass. Along with this, the Ministry of Transportation’s website does have a specific part of the official handbook. Still, we recommend you purchase or lend a copy of the official driver’s handbook to prepare for the test.
A new MTO-approved Beginner Driver Education (BDE) course can also assist you with the skills and attitudes required to be a safe and responsible driver. These courses are entirely optional. If you do decide to enrol, we recommend that you study the MTO-approved driving schools on the MTO website.

Verbal Administration and Translation Test

The following 28 languages are available for computerised class G1 knowledge assessments for cars, vans, and small trucks.
Arabic Farsi Oji-Cree Russian
Armenian Finnish Italian Somali
Badini Ojibway Korean Spanish
Chinese (Cantonese) French Kurmanji Tamil
Cree German Polish Turkish
Croatian Greek Portuguese Ukrainian
English Hindi Punjabi Urdu
Motorcycle class M1 knowledge examinations are available in the following 20 languages.
Arabic Finnish Italian Russian
Badini French Korean Somali
Chinese (Cantonese) German Kurmanji Spanish
Croatian Greek Polish Tamil
English Hindi Portuguese Punjabi
Commercial knowledge examinations are available in the following 20 languages.
Arabic Finnish Italian Russian
Badini French Korean Somali
Chinese (Cantonese) German Kurmanji Spanish
Croatian Greek Polish Tamil
English Hindi Portuguese Punjabi

Please Note

Commercial knowledge tests are offered in various languages, as mentioned earlier. If you opt for the computerised knowledge test, it comes equipped with audio capabilities, and no appointment is needed.Individuals facing challenges with reading or writing are encouraged to consider taking an audio/verbal knowledge test.
For those who require an interpreter to assist with the knowledge test, scheduling an appointment for a verbal knowledge test is necessary. Interpreters must meet specific criteria for this service. Please get in touch with your local drive test centre or contact us to make arrangements for an interpreter-assisted knowledge test.