The Class 7 test isn’t an easy exam. By some estimates, 50% of all test-takers fail on their first attempt.So, if you’re part of this group, don’t fret – you’re certainly not alone.

Before heading back to the testing centre for a 2nd attempt, you likely have a few questions about the implications of an unsuccessful road test. We’ve pulled together this guide to answer the most common questions around what happens when you fail the Class 7 road test:

Do you lose your license if you fail your Class 7 test?

Simply put, no. If you fail your Class 7 Road Test, you still get to keep your Learner’s (L) licence. With your L licence, you can keep practicing for your Class 7 test, increasing your chances of passing the second time.

There is one catch, though. You’ll need to make sure your L licence isn’t about to expire before you go for your Class 7 test. If you fail your Class 7 test and your L licence expires shortly after, you will lose your L licence. At this point, you’ll need to renew your L licence by taking another knowledge test.

How many times are you allowed to fail the Class 7 test?

You can retake the Class 7 test as many times as you need in order to pass. That said, your L licence is only valid for two years, so if you’re approaching the expiration date, you’ll need to get your licence renewed before taking the test again.

How long do you need to wait before retaking your Class 7 test?

If it’s your first time taking the Class 7 road test, you can retake the test after 14 days. However, if you’ve taken the test before, your wait time will be longer:

Wait times between road test attempts increase in relation to the number of times an individual has been unsuccessful for several reasons. The main reason is that the ICBC wants to ensure drivers have had sufficient time to practice between road test attempts. An additional reason, though, is to ensure that all students have fair and equal access to road test appointment slots. Longer wait times for later road test attempts help ensure that road test slots remain open for first time test-takers, rather than being occupied by students who are on their 2nd, 3rd or 4th attempt.

What is the cost to retake your Class 7 test?

The cost to take a Class 7 road test is $35. The cost is the same whether it’s your first attempt or whether you’ve taken the test multiple times. Additionally, there is a $25 road test cancellation fee if you need to cancel or reschedule your road test within 48 hours of the scheduled test time.

If you’re successful and pass your Class 7 test, then you’ll also be required to pay $75 to receive your N licence for 5 years. This can be paid in person at an ICBC testing centre after a successful road test attempt.

How to pass the Class 7 test on your second try

While having to retake the Class 7 test can be frustrating, you can take some comfort in the fact that the odds are more in your favour the second time you take the test. You’ll know exactly where you went wrong, and will be extra careful not to make the same mistakes again. Here are our top 5 tips for passing your Class 7 test on the second try.

  1. Identify where you need to improve:

Before retaking the Class 7 test, reflect on your previous attempt and pinpoint areas where improvement is needed. Whether it’s mastering specific maneuvers or understanding certain rules of the road, a clear assessment will guide your focused preparation for the second attempt. The most common reasons for failing the Class 7 test tend to be around turn technique, mirror usage, and speed limit maintenance, so make sure you’re practicing these areas as well.

  1. Take structured lessons with an ICBC-certified driving instructor:

Engaging in structured driving lessons with an ICBC-certified instructor can significantly enhance your skills. They bring expertise, experience, and tailored guidance, addressing your weaknesses and reinforcing your strengths. ICBC-certified driving instructors will have taken hundreds, if not thousands of students to Class 7 tests, and know the ins-and-outs of what it takes to pass. Even if you just take 1 or 2 refresher classes, it can go a long way towards saving you wasted time, money, and effort on multiple test attempts.

  1. Do a mock exam with your driving instructor:

Simulating the test environment through a mock exam with your instructor is invaluable. This practice run allows you to familiarize yourself with the testing conditions, fine-tune your responses, and receive constructive feedback. It’s an effective way to build confidence and reduce anxiety, helping you perform at your best during the actual test. If, after your mock exam, your instructor doesn’t believe you’re ready to take the actual test, you’ll know exactly what to do and where you need to practice before taking the test again.

  1. Get into the right headspace the day of the test:

Mental preparation is crucial on the day of the Class 7 test. Ensure you get a good night’s sleep, eat a balanced meal, and arrive at the testing center with ample time. Cultivate a positive mindset, focus on your strengths, and remind yourself of the progress made since the previous attempt. Being mentally prepared contributes significantly to your overall performance.

  1. Listen carefully to your examiner’s instructions:

During the test, attentive listening is key. Demonstrate your understanding by following instructions precisely. Clarify any uncertainties before proceeding, and maintain a calm and composed demeanor. Effective communication with the examiner not only showcases your driving skills but also reflects your commitment to safety and adherence to regulations.

Conclusion

An unsuccessful Class 7 road test attempt, while frustrating, doesn’t have to be the end of the road. With proper preparation, you can significantly increase your chances of passing, and emerge from the ICBC testing centre with your N licence proudly in hand.