G2 test categories:
DriveTest examiners are trained to use an examination sheet when scoring candidates during their road tests. The G2 and G examiner sheets are similar, however, the G test sheet contains more maneuvers for the examiner to assess (e.g., highway driving). We break down the categories of the G2 examiner sheet below and outline the grading structure. This should help you better prepare for your road test, and interpret your results after you take it!
Before we dive into each category, let’s take a look at how examiners mark up the sheet and what each symbol means:
[OK] Maneuver was satisfactory
[✔] Minor error, skill needs improvement (-2 points)
[X] Major error, lack of skill, knowledge or judgment (-4 points)
[R] Unsafe action at a Railroad Crossing
[//] Maneuver not tested
Although there are varying opinions on what it takes to pass the G2 and G road tests, it’s believed that students need to score 70/100 points or higher to pass. Based on the scoring legend above, this means that the combination of minor and major errors cannot exceed 30 points. This is assuming that no unsafe action is observed by the examiner, which could often result in an automatic failure.
The test begins as soon as the examiner approaches your vehicle and asks you to check your safety devices (e.g., brake lights, indicators). For this category, you need to be able to locate and control all the major safety devices in your vehicle and get your car out of the parking space correctly. When leaving the parking space, make sure that you put your car in the correct gear, turn on your indicator, and check your mirrors and blindspots before proceeding.
As a new driver, you also need to be able to reverse your vehicle appropriately. Examiners typically test this using a 3-point turn. During a 3-point turn, you’ll need to maneuver your vehicle three times in order to continue in the opposite direction. This maneuver is tested in residential areas in most G2 road tests.
When performing a 3-point turn, remember to check your mirrors and blindspots before each of the three adjustments. The examiner will be keeping an eye on your sequence of actions (e.g., when you shift the gear in reverse) and will also note how you check what’s behind your vehicle when reversing.
3. Driving Along
This category covers the majority of the G2 test. As soon as you leave your parking space, the examiner will be scoring you on your ability to drive with other vehicles present. This includes passing, lane changes, right of way, and speed management. This also includes checking your mirror every 5-7 seconds and checking blindspots before changing lanes.
4. Intersections / R.R. Crossing
You’ll encounter a number of controlled (i.e., traffic signs or signal lights) and uncontrolled intersections during the test. The examiner will be testing your ability to obey the traffic signs, signals, and pavement markings at these intersections. This includes your ability to stop before the crosswalk or stop sign.
They’ll also be feeling for how early you decide to slow down when approaching an intersection and how hard you slam your brakes. Finally, remember to yield the right of way to vehicles moving with the traffic signs / signals, or vehicles to your right that arrived at the intersection at the same time as you.
As with intersections, you’ll make various turns before completing your road test. Each of these turns will be observed closely for signaling, position, right of way, steering and speed. One of the most common mistakes made during turns is not checking blindspots, which is considered a major error. Speed is also a tricky one, as your turn may require either a rolling stop or a full stop, depending on where the examiner is asking you to turn.
Everyone knows about the notorious parallel parking that everyone seems to get wrong during their road test. Although examiners are quite lenient when it comes to this maneuver, they’re still scoring your ability to signal, check your surroundings, position your vehicle correctly, and not hit anything in the process. With that said, if your tire does touch the curb, that’s totally fine – chances are that you’ll get a minor error, as long as the rest of the maneuver was done appropriately.
7. Stop, park and start on a grade
During the parking stop, the instructor will ask you to position your vehicle such that it’s on a grade (e.g., uphill, downhill). Based on the scenario, you’ll need to turn your wheels in the right direction and engage your parking brake. You can learn more about these parking scenarios here.
The bottom line
Remember, a few errors won’t make or break your road test! Don’t get frustrated if you make a mistake – keep going and focus on delivering the rest of your test effectively. Keep in mind all the categories that the examiner is testing for and practice beforehand. The best way to prepare is always with a certified driving instructor. Learn more about how Kruzee could help you better prepare for your road test!
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