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Every Canadian citizen is mandated to take the G1 license test before they become certified drivers. This test is available for teenagers above the age of 16, and it is the first step of the graduate license program in Ontario.
As you prepare for the G1 test, you need a few tips and resources to help increase your chances of success. The purpose of this article is to outline 5 proven tips that have helped Ontario residents ace the G1 test. Here are the tips:
1. Take Practice Tests
Taking practice tests is the most impactful way to get good preparation for the actual tests. These mock tests are structured to mimic the format of the official test to help you stay prepared for everything likely to pop up during the test.
Also, as you take these tests, you’re likely to get instant feedback on the questions you failed. This feedback is crucial for identifying your weak areas. You now know where you have strong knowledge and where you’re lagging. For the best all-round preparation, it would be best if you concentrated on those weak spots during your learning process.
Take practice tests as many times as possible. This is the best way to memorize last-minute items and boost your confidence before the test.
2. Study with an MTO driver’s handbook
For only $16, you can get a hard copy of the official driver’s license compiled by the Ministry of Transportation. This handbook covers everything that current and potential drivers of cars, small trucks, and vans should know about responsible driving on Ontario roads.
In this manual, you’ll also find tips and practice resources that can boost your chances of passing the G1 test on your first try. All the basics you need to know here, from road signs to traffic rules and right of way.
Familiarizing yourself with these basics is a good starting point for your learning. If there’s any part of the manual that you’re confused about, feel free to ask an experienced driver for clarification. Being an Ontario driver means you’re responsible for the safety of everyone on the road, including yourself. So, you must ensure you understand all there is to road safety and regulatory compliance.
Once you’ve learned the basics, grasping more advanced concepts becomes easier for your brain to process.
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3. Get Hands-on On Practice
Theoretical practice is good; however, nothing beats the level of experience that hands-on training can give you. When you get behind the wheel, you’ll get a chance to practicalize all that you’ve learned in the driver’s manual and all your other online practice tests.
However, to ensure your safety and that of everyone else, you should only try driving yourself if there’s a professional trainer in the car with you. Most people just ask an experienced driver to tag along; this also works if this experienced driver is a good teacher.
While you’re on the road, it’s usually a good idea to have flashcards in your car. Not a lot of people do this because it makes it quite obvious that you’re a rookie. But there’s no shame in trying to remember the road signs in the easiest way possible. Go online, find repository flashcards, and print as many as you would like.
Constant hands-on practice would give you sufficient knowledge, experience, and preparation to take the written test.
4. Familiarize Yourself With the Current Test Patterns
Years ago, the only format of testing allowed was manual. This means that you had to write a pen-on-paper exam administered and supervised by one or more MTO employees.
Things have changed now. These days, tests are done online through computer terminals that are linked to the main system.
Nonetheless, it won’t hurt to know exactly what you’ll be facing ahead of time. You’re free to pay a visit to the nearest drive test office to get a first-hand feel of what the process looks like.
If you can afford to, pay the entry fee and take the test, even if you do not know. There’s no penalty for this. However, most people skip this step because it serves the same purpose as an online practice test.
Alternatively, you could go online and ask questions, either from search engines or other Ontario residents who have gone through the process. There’s a good chance you’ll find someone willing to break down the entire process to you like you’re 12.
You might be wondering what all this effort is for, since the G1 test is not exactly difficult. Well, the truth is, while a good percentage of people pass on their first try, it’s pretty easy to be among the percentage that doesn’t.
The best way to ensure you’re on the right side of the pass/fail line is through intense practice and preparation efforts. All of these efforts will surely pay off when you’re enjoying the thrills of being a licensed driver.
5. Be in the Best Frame of Mind
Your state of mind plays a huge role in determining the outcome of your test. This is why it is important to ensure your mind and body are prepared to face everything there is to face on D-day.
On the night before your test, treat yourself to plenty of hours of good sleep. It’s okay to take last-minute practice tests and skim through the handbook before bed. But do it quick; do it early too, so you can go to bed on time and wake up early.
Set your alarm to wake you up earlier than necessary. This will help you prepare and commute to the drive test center at least 45 minutes before the test begins. Even if there’s traffic or you’ve never been to the centre before, early preparation will help you overcome all the hurdles en route and arrive in the nick of time.
As you wait for the test, you can either work on getting yourself in the best frame of mind or walk around and chat with whichever MTO official or candidate is willing to indulge you.
When you’re seated for the test, you must free your mind from anxiety. You’ve put so much effort into preparation, so you have nothing to be scared about. Read the questions carefully. Skip the ones you currently do not have answers to; return to them when you’ve answered the ones you can.
Do not overthink a question, but don’t be quick to tick off answers without reviewing all available options. Only answer a question when you’re sure you’ve read and understand both the question and the available answer options.
The G1 license is a big deal for most teenagers. They usually cannot wait to be able to enjoy the perks of being a licensed driver. Getting this license means you have to pass your G1 test.
Whether or not you’re sponsoring yourself for the test, it’s always good to pass on your first try. The retake fee may be minimal, but it’s pretty easy to avoid. All you have to do is incorporate the tips listed above into your preparation process.