The 5 Most Common Mistakes When Taking the Written Driving Test

by Clare Louise | October 21, 2017 2:05 pm

An upcoming driving test seems to strike a disproportionate level of fear into most people’s hearts. Getting a licence[1] is an important step in life and can often cause great nervousness.

Fortunately, most of this can be overcome by good preparation and practice, and most people who fail the driving test, make common mistakes that can be easily avoided. By preparing for the test with the knowledge of these errors, one may prepare themselves by filling in the gaps of knowledge.

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  1. Lack of practice. This is not to say a lack of study, as most people put in a lot of effort to get ready for the test. What is meant by lack of practice is not being subjected to the testing environment prior to taking the test.

    Fortunately there are online practice tests[2] to overcome this hurdle. Much research has shown that practice is far more beneficial than study, but there’s one benefit in particular that stands out.

    A book can’t tell the reader what they haven’t learned from the text and any potential mistake they might make, will not be pointed out. One of the greatest benefits to taking a practice test is that it will free the user up to focus on the areas they don’t know, instead of wasting time on the areas that they are sufficient in.

    Many people are not aware that if they fail the written test, that it may not contain the same questions when repeated. Multiple sessions on a practice test will expose the user to as many situations and questions as possible.

  2. Not knowing the pass percentage. While it doesn’t seem like a good idea to randomly guess questions in order to move on to the next one, it’s a necessity in many timed tests.

    Because the written test is timed, it’s foolish to remain trying to fill in a question that is unlikely to be answered correctly. This is time that can be used to answer questions that the subject is more familiar with.

    If the test taker knows what the pass/fail percentage is, they can avoid unnecessary stress by skipping a question they don’t know if they are confident that they are doing well.

  3. Many people are aware that cramming is not a helpful method of studying[3] and that there is little to be gained from it. What most don’t realize however is that there have been many studies that have all demonstrated that it actually results in poorer performance due to the amount of additional information which is not completely understood by the test sitter, leading to confusion about topics which they were already familiar with.

    It can be tempting to cram for a test, taking some of the nerves away, but if more people realized this will actually result in a worse performance, they may think twice before cramming.

    Combine this with the fact that most people cram until late in the night before their test, they will have fatigue as another issue on top.

Endnotes:
  1. Getting a licence: https://www.forbes.com/sites/michelinemaynard/2013/08/06/the-5-top-reasons-why-teens-arent-getting-their-licenses/
  2. online practice tests: https://driving-tests.org/
  3. helpful method of studying: http://www.gearfire.net/3-effective-methods-to-study-for-exams/

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