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The ICBC Road Test Examination Sheet Explained

Mary Brier

June 11, 2024

You’ve practiced for months, did your homework, and put in the effort: now all that’s left between you and your license is nailing your road test. No matter how the test goes, your examiner will use a handy ICBC road test examination sheet to keep track of how you do. 

This sheet is one of the most valuable pieces of information you, as a driver, can utilize – but first, you’ll have to understand what it actually says! Let’s break down everything you need to know so you can interpret those results like a pro. 

A Quick Review of ICBC Road Tests

If you’re looking to get your driver’s license in British Columbia, you’ll need to turn to the ICBC, or Insurance Corporation of British Columbia. ICBC uses a graduated license system, meaning you start with a basic license and work your way up to a full one. 

There are two types of road tests you’ll encounter throughout this process: 

  • Class 7 Road Test: Required to get your N (Novice) license. Focused on demonstrating basic driving skills and safety knowledge.
  • Class 5 Road Test: Required for your full license and taken after you’ve been a Novice driver for 24 consecutive months without any issues (or after 18 months if you’ve taken an ICBC-certified driver training course)

Regardless of the test you’re taking, your examiner will use what’s known as a marking sheet to record your performance. 

Get to Know the ICBC Examiner’s Marking Sheet

Below is a preview of a marking sheet used by ICBC examiners during a Class 7 road test.

ICBC Examiner's Marking Sheet

Source: ICBC

At first glance, this sheet can seem overwhelming. But once you understand what each section means and is used for, it’s much easier to understand how to use that information to improve.

Let’s examine each of those key sections in closer detail. 

Global Skill

The Global Skill column on the left side of the sheet is where specific actions and mistakes are listed. These skills are broken into five categories:

  • [A] Observation
  • [B] Space Margins
  • [C] Speed
  • [D] Steering
  • [E] Communication

Within each, you’ll see a list of examples that relate to that category. For instance, mistakes related to your position on the road will likely fall under category B, Space Margin. 

Intersection Left & Right

The first two middle sections, Intersection Left and Intersection Right, are used to record performance on left and right turns, respectively. They both have the same parts:

  • A number, which indicates the first, second, third, etc. time a maneuver – a left or right turn, in this case – was completed
  • A series of five letters (A-E) attached to each maneuver, which indicate which Global Skills (found listed on the far left of the sheet) a mistake relates to
  • White boxes, which examiners use to mark down mistakes worth a full mark
  • Colored boxes, which examiners use to record mistakes worth half a mark

Imagine a student taking their road test encounters an intersection where they need to make their first left turn. The intersection has a traffic light that’s red, so the student must first come to a complete stop. 

Say our student is a little shaky on their approach to the traffic light: they end up stopping a little too early, and it puts them further behind the white line than they should be. The examiner indicates this mistake in “Intersection Left,” section 1, by writing a “3” in the box under “B.” As you can see, in the “Space Margin” section, a “3” means “Stops too close/ too far.”

Intersection Through

This section works just like Intersections Left and Right, but it applies to straight-through maneuvers at intersections rather than turns. 

General Driving

When you’re not making a turn or moving through an intersection, your mistakes (or lack thereof!) get recorded under General Driving. Instead of using numbers to separate individual maneuvers, this section simply breaks mistakes down by skill. 

There’s plenty of space for written feedback and an additional box for examiners to indicate whether a driver correctly perceived and responded to hazards on the route. 

Vehicle Handling

This section is only used for Class 7 road tests. It works just like the other maneuver sections, but it lists certain actions that drivers may have to perform, like parallel parking.

Error Cut-Offs

On the right side of the sheet, you’ll find several boxes labeled “Error Cut-Off.” These are used to indicate how many mistakes can be made in each section. So, if an error cut-off notes that four mistakes are allowed in Intersection Left, that means you can make three and still pass.

This number of mistakes will vary based on your route; for example, a path with 10 right turns probably allows for fewer mistakes than one with 15 right turns. Your examiner will write the mistake allowance down before your test begins, but you won’t get to see it. 

If you make more than one mistake in the same maneuver, the examiner records each in its respective box and circles the numbered block. This is considered a “blown” maneuver, and they also get counted toward the error cut-off for each section. 

Will I Get to See My Road Test Sheet?

Unfortunately, you won’t get to take your examiner’s original mark sheet with you after your test. You can, however, look at it, and you are allowed to ask for a copy or whip out your phone to take a photo.

When you take a Class 5 or 7 road test, you’ll debrief with your examiner after you finish your route. You’ll find out whether you passed the test or not right away, so you’ll know whether you need to secure a copy of the road test sheet. 

Don’t be discouraged if you don’t succeed on your first attempt. You’re not alone – some 50% of test-takers fail their Class 7 test the first time they take it! What matters most is that you learn from your first experience and come back strong on your next attempt.

How to Read Your Road Test Results Sheet

If you don’t pass, having access to your marking sheet can be a game-changer when it comes to improving your skills. But don’t worry – whether you’re able to obtain a version of your mark sheet or not, you will get a road test results sheet.

Page 1: Road Test Results

On the front side or first page of your test results, you’ll find a simplified version of the examiner’s mark sheet. It lists all of the basic information you need to know about the exam.

The first section, Test Results, contains two parts: a “Pass” block and a “Fail” block. While “Pass” is pretty straightforward, “Fail” has a lot more going on. 

If a student isn’t successful, they’ll see a mark in the “Fail” checkbox. They’ll also see a mark next to the Reasons they didn’t pass, as well as an indication of which sections their mistakes fall into. There are four main reasons a person can fail a road test:

  • Skills
  • Dangerous Action (DA)
  • Violation (V)
  • Other

In addition to these basic markings, you can also expect to see some written feedback from your examiner. 

Next up is Test Feedback, which focuses on breaking down areas for improvement. It breaks its criteria into the same five global skill sections from your marking sheet (observation, space margins, etc.)

If you see a box checked in any of these sections, it means that specific mistake happened at least twice during the test.

Finally, you’ll come to Notes, which is where your examiner can leave any other feedback they have for you. Sometimes, they even leave helpful tips or compliments!

Page 2: Skills Explainer

On the back or second page of your road test results sheet will be a Skills Explainer. Your examiner will circle the skills you need to improve before your next test. 

ICBC Skills Explainer Sheet

Check out the full Skills Explainer yourself here.

The Skills Explainer offers definitions for all of the marks made on the marking sheet. It also gives clear instructions on how to practice and improve in each area so that you can pass your next test. 

The Bottom Line

You don’t have to worry about completely understanding every mark made on your road test sheet. With a basic understanding of how the form works, you should be able to understand what you did well and what you need to improve. And if you’re still not totally sure, don’t be afraid to speak up. Ask your examiner questions, and don’t leave until you feel confident about what to do next. 

Whether you’re prepping for your first test or want to make sure you ace the next one, structured driving lessons with an ICBC-certified instructor can give you some extra practice and peace of mind. Sign up with Kruzee today to start accessing driver’s education designed to help you pass ICBC road tests like a boss. 

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