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What happens if I fail the Learner’s (L) License Knowledge Test in British Columbia?

Mikael Castaldo

June 14, 2023

If you’re looking to get your driver’s license in British Columbia, the first step will be to crack the Learner’s (L) License knowledge test. It’s not the easiest test to pass, though, with questions covering every sign, signal, and road marking imaginable.

If you weren’t successful on your first attempt, don’t despair – you’re certainly not alone. We’ve pulled together this guide to help you understand where to go from here, and how to make sure you nail the knowledge test on your second attempt.

What is the Learner’s License Knowledge Test?

The Learner’s License Knowledge Test is a computer-based exam that consists of 50 multiple choice questions on rules of the road, traffic signs, signals, and pavement markings. In order to pass, you need to answer at least 40 questions correctly, receiving an 80% or higher. All of the questions come directly from the Learn to Drive Smart Manual, which is available online or in print, to prepare for the knowledge test.

The test is designed to make sure that new drivers understand the rules of the road before getting into a motor vehicle. While passing the test does not mean that you’re ready to drive a car on your own, it does mean that you’ll be able to start your process of actual in-car learning with a driving school or family member.

How do I take the Learner’s License Knowledge Test?

To take the Learner’s License Knowledge Test, you’ll need to visit an ICBC Driver Licensing Office – you can find the closest one to you here. You can book your appointment online using the ICBC booking system, or give them a call at 1-(800) 950-1498.

When you arrive at the driver licensing office, you’ll need to have two pieces of government-issued identification with you. You’ll also be asked to pay a $15 fee and take a vision test, after which you’ll be able to take the test using the ICBC software at the test centre.

What happens if I fail the Learner’s License Knowledge Test?

If you fail the Learner’s License Knowledge test, you’ll be able to retake the test as many times as you need to pass. The only catch is that you’ll need to make another appointment, and will need to wait at least 7 days before taking the test again. You will also be asked to pay the $15 fee each time you need to retake the test.

How should I prepare for the test?

The best way to prepare for the Learner’s License Knowledge Test is to use a combination of the driver’s handbook and online practice tests. All of the questions on the exam come directly from the driver’s handbook, so understanding the way the handbook is structured and the language it uses is key. The driver’s handbook isn’t the best practice resource, though; the information within it can be difficult to retain, and won’t be sufficient to help you prepare for your test. That’s where practice tests come in.

To prepare for the Learner’s License test, there are several practice tests you can find online. ICBC, for example, developed an app to help students practice, which you can download here – it’s a great resource. 

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What happens after I pass the Learner’s License Knowledge Test?

After passing the test, you will be issued a learner’s license which allows you to start practicing your driving skills on the road. With this license, you can drive only under the supervision of a licensed driver who has held a valid driver’s license for at least two years. You must display “L” plates on the front and back of the vehicle, and you must follow specific rules, such as a zero blood alcohol level and no use of electronic devices while driving. At this point, you can also begin taking driving lessons with a licensed in-car instructor.

Remember, the learner’s license is the first step towards obtaining your full driver’s license, so make sure to use this time to practice your skills and become a safe and responsible driver. 

Conclusion

Failing the Learner’s License Knowledge Test can be discouraging, but it’s not the end of the road. With determination and the right preparation, passing on the second attempt is within reach. Remember, the test is designed to ensure that new drivers understand the rules of the road before getting behind the wheel. After passing the test and obtaining your learner’s license, you can start practicing your driving skills under the supervision of a licensed driver and begin taking driving lessons with a licensed in-car instructor. This is an exciting first step towards obtaining your full driver’s license, so use this time wisely and focus on becoming a safe and responsible driver.

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