The South African learner’s licence test is not something you can pass without preparing well for it.
This series of Web pages will aim you in the right direction to get a good start so that you can be one of those who pass easily and first time.
The step after that will be for you to take some driving lessons and pass the daunting K53 driving test. This site will help you in that regard too.
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What the South African Learner’s Licence test covers
Minimum age requirements for a learner’s licence
Disqualifications – what can prevent you from obtaining the licence
What your must have when you apply
What the learner’s licence authorizes
How long a learner’s licence is valid for
How the learner’s licence test is conducted
Pass marks for the test
How to prepare for the test
Know and understand:
You may not obtain a learner’s licence…
Once you’ve passed your learner’s licence test and have been issued with your licence, you will be allowed to:
Note: A learner motorcycle driver may not carry a passenger (not even the driving instructor); you are therefore permitted/required to ride unaccompanied.
You may have passengers in the motor vehicle provided they do not pay you any fare.
The learner’s licence is valid for 24 months from the date of issue. That means you have 24 months in which to learn to drive competently and pass the practical driving test.
It is therefore a good idea to start taking driving lessons as soon as possible after obtaining your learner’s licence.
The official South African learner’s licence test consists of a number of questions for which you must choose the correct answers from several options. This is called a multiple-choice test. At some testing centres you are able to conduct the tests using a computer; otherwise it is a pen-and-paper test. When you call your local traffic department to arrange a booking for your test, ask them whether they use computers or test books for the test.
For the pen-and-paper test you will be given a book of questions, an answer sheet, a chart of road signs and a book showing various road layouts as well as pictures of the controls of a vehicle.
The examiner will explain how the test is to be conducted and which sections you must answer, depending on which class of vehicle you wish to drive once you have qualified.
Make sure you listen very carefully to the instructions. If you’re not sure about any aspect of the testing procedure, don’t be shy to ask. There will probably be other people who need clarification too and your question to the examiner could help those candidates as well.
Although the allocation of questions and pass marks for the learner’s test may change from time to time , the test normally consists of 64 questions spread across the syllabus as follows:
|Rules of the road||28||22|
|Road signs, markings, signals||28||23|
|Controls of the vehicle||8||6|
The South African learner’s licence test is not easy. Some of the questions require some real thought. So it is important to prepare properly, using the best teaching materials available.
For guidance to preparing for the test, start at the Test Preparation page.