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The Best Resources to Help You Prepare for the Learner’s (L) Licence Test in British Columbia

Mikael Castaldo

June 14, 2023

If you’re looking to start driving in British Columbia, chances are you’re getting ready to take your Learner’s (L) Licence Knowledge Test. This test is the first step in obtaining your driver’s licence, and it can be a bit daunting. But don’t worry – with a little preparation, you can ace the test on your first try.

Learner’s (L) licence Test Structure

The L Licence Test is a multiple-choice test covering the rules of the road, signs, signals, pavement markings, and basic driving theory. It’s a 50-question exam, and you need to get at least 40 questions correct in order to pass. You’ll need to make sure you’re well-versed in each topic area in order to pass, since the test has broad coverage in terms of subject matter.

A few other things to note:

  • You need to be at least 16 years old and pass a vision test in order to take the exam
    • If you’re under 19 years old, you must have a parent or guardian sign a form as well, indicating that they consent to you taking the test
  • Tests are administered at ICBC driver licensing offices. You can find your closest office here
    • Appointments are required in order to take the L licence Knowledge Test. You can book one online or over the phone by calling 1-(800) 950-1498
  • If you fail, you can retake the test as many times as you need to in order to pass – but you need to wait at least 7 days between each attempt, and pay the $15 fee each time

How to prepare:

To prepare for the L License Knowledge Test, you can either use free resources or paid ones. Free resources include the digital version of ICBC’s Learn to Drive Smart Manual and the ICBC L License test prep app. The Richmond Public Library also has a free practice test that allows you to practice up to 80 questions online. Paid resources include prep courses offered by online testing websites or driving schools (like us!).

The downside of free resources is that they’re typically not very good, and you’ll likely have to piece together information from multiple sources. Paid resources, on the other hand, are typically more comprehensive and provide a structured approach to learning the material. However, they can be expensive.

Whichever route you choose, make sure you understand the material inside and out. The questions on the Learner’s License Knowledge Test test can be tricky, and it’s important to approach each one carefully. Read each question at least twice and review all the options before selecting an answer. If you’re not sure about an answer, take your best guess – there is no penalty for guessing and getting it right!

If you’ve taken the L License Test before and were not successful, make sure to focus on the areas of the test where you performed more weakly. If you failed the L License Test because of pavement markings, for example, you’ll want to double-down on practice tests that emphasize this part of the exam.

How much preparation do I need?

There’s no one-size fits all rule in terms of the amount of time you should put in to prepare – this will be different for each person. That said, the best way to know you’re ready to take the actual test is when you’re consistently scoring 80% or higher on practice exams. Since you’ll need an 80% or higher to pass, you’ll want to make sure that you’re achieving that grade when you’re practicing on your own, vs. in the higher-stress situation of the actual test.

What resources can I use to prepare?

  • The ICBC Learn to Drive Smart Manual: The questions from the Learner’s License Knowledge Test come directly from the ICBC Learn to Drive Smart Manual – so it’s important to make sure you’re familiar with the content and style of the manual. While it’s difficult to memorize information directly from the manual, it does serve as an excellent reference guide if you’re unsure as to how to answer a question on a practice exam. The manual won’t give you everything you need, but it is a key foundation. 
  • Free Online Practice Tests: There’s a good amount of free practice tests online – the trick is knowing which ones are well-designed and based on the exam, and which aren’t. Two great free practice resources are the ICBC Knowledge Test Prep App, and the free practice test from the Richmond Public Library. The only issue with these tests is that their number of questions is limited, but both can serve as a great way of assessing your test readiness before the exam.
  • YouTube Videos: Youtube is a great resource for guided commentary on how to answer the questions on the Learner’s License Knowledge Test. They’re best viewed as a complementary tool to the Learn to Drive Smart Manual and the free online practice tests, though, than as a stand-alone resource.
  • The Kruzee L Practice Course: While we hate to be self-promotional, we’ve built an L prep course with 300+ questions and 8 mock exams. We’ve worked hard to make our prep course as close to the real L exam as possible, so you can rest assured that the material you’re learning from will correlate closely to the actual exam. If you find that you’re struggling a bit with the free resources, or that the ICBC Learn to Drive Smart Manual isn’t engaging enough, our course might help.

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The bottom line:

How much preparation you need will depend on how confident you feel and your general level of knowledge. If you’re struggling with the material, it might be worth signing up for a comprehensive online prep course. Otherwise, stick to the free resources and put in the extra effort to make sure you’re fully prepared. Good luck!

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