Getting a Learner’s Licence Like It's Easy

Updated on February 16, 2018

Some of the details below are for South African drivers only, but the article may still be useful, so read on.

It all started when I was eighteen; I wanted a car. I was sick and tired of walking, bicycling or skateboarding everywhere. I wanted to play my music while I enjoyed the open road. My parents and I talked and they agreed (not I) that I should wait until I finished school.

At nineteen, the talk came again, as I brought it up at the dinner table. The thing is, I said that I wanted a car. All they did was shrug. "You need a licence." They chorused.

"Then I want to get a licence." I replied.

Then I was on the right path. I was on my dad's good side, because I wanted to become responsible and obtain a licence first before getting a car. That year, they got me a learner's licence CD for Christmas... wow, how thoughtful. I started to go through it nonchalantly at first, but gradually began to get stuck in the following year.

I was getting older by this point, having turned twenty already, and I thought that I needed a car, and fast. I didn't want to be left behind while the others had lives. I got my dad to take me to a parking lot up in a nearby shopping village so I could practice driving and parking on a quiet Saturday or Sunday afternoon. All the shops packed up at three o'clock and the place was all mine.

Then I had to go to the traffic department and apply for a learner's licence. When I got there, I was redirected to the Driver's Licence Testing Centre, which was a kilometre away. I waited for two hours (and that's considered lucky) to get my appointment receipt and get out. My dad thought that I had gotten my licence, but I reassured him that I was a long way off.

I had to report to the same place three months later, and write the test, which I knew nothing about. I had studied, but I was not prepared for the layout of the exam. It was one of the most nerve-wracking exams I had ever sat through, not least because I had a limited amount of time to figure out the rules, and the traffic officer up front was shy and did not possess a voice that carried all the way to the back, where I happened to be.

It turned out that I had less time than I originally thought, and the pass mark was tight, and the pass rate was low.

I failed.

I knew from the moment I looked at the test that my chances were slim. I was not prepared enough. My heart sank as the official took my exam paper and put it to one side, as well as my documents that I had filled in three months earlier, and handed me back my black and white photograph with the staple covering my eyes; the utter shame that I felt.

My dad drove me home, and I drove to drink. I was so hoping to pass, and I had told my mom not to worry. I knew that I wouldn't get in for another exam until the next year. I sat watching TV for hours until my parents got back home.

"Take it seriously. Some people are of the opinion that it is easy and that all it takes is a quick flick through of some book. If it were easy, the pass rate wouldn't be so low."

Source

My dad drove me up to another traffic department, where they have the testing facilities on the same property instead of separate ones. I got in again, and it was less than two months away.

This time, apart from the arrogant, power-abusing traffic cops, I felt more confident and ready than before. They tried to make us all feel nervous and scared, but I knew what was coming. I had seen the exam and I had studied harder than before. Many failed that day, or so I thought, seeing as so many were arguing with the guy up front that it wasn't fair (fail).

I passed just like I knew I would, and all the guy up front had to say was, "You people need to start paying more money, this isn't enough." "Yeah, well from the stories I've heard, some of your brethren in blue get plenty of ‘coffee money' to ensure a pass; bunch of money grubbing gits, the lot of you." I thought to myself.

From all this, I can pass on a few, or five as the sub-title states, tips on how to properly prepare for your learner's licence test.

1. Take it seriously. Some people are of the opinion that it is easy and that all it takes is a quick flick through of some book. There is no magical book to get all the answers from. And if it were easy, the pass rate wouldn't be so low. Approximately one million people a year fail their exam in South Africa.

2. Read, remember, and revise. Just like in school, you should seriously prepare properly for the day. You can find practice questions at many sites online.

3. In the exam, you have a book, a chart with signs on it, and a booklet with diagrams. Remember which is which when the question in the big book asks you to refer to one of them.

4. Plan your questions. You only have one hour, and you need to get through as quickly as possible, through about 54 questions. Mark the questions that you've left open with a pencil prick above the number to save time when going back.

5. Make sure you circle the correct number. You answer across the page, not down. And after you circle you answer in pencil, when the time is up, you have to re-circle it in pen so the examiner can see the marking with his trace pad memorandum.

As for applying for the exam, you need to present your ID book, some money (take quite a bit, I paid R60 both times), some black and white photos, and bring a pen to fill in the forms they'll give you. You also need to pass an eye test (I passed with flying colours all three times I've had my eyes tested, it's not hard).

When you pass your learner licence exam, like I said above, you need to give them more money and then they make you sign a form and put a thumb print down on it, and that's your learner's licence sorted.

Just remember to take your pen with you when you go, otherwise the pen-stealing pariahs tend to take it and add it to their collection.

"Two wrongs don't make a right, but three lefts do."

— Jason Love

How many times did it take you to pass your learner's licence exam?

See results

Questions & Answers

    © 2008 Anti-Valentine

    Comments

      0 of 8192 characters used
      Post Comment

      • Denise Handlon profile image

        Denise Handlon 7 years ago from North Carolina

        My nephew is currently talking of going for his drivers educ. so this hub caught my eye. Well written. Thanks.

      • Anti-Valentine profile image
        Author

        Anti-Valentine 8 years ago from My lair

        Yeah, I know. It's okay to be a little nervous before and on the day of the test. But as long as you've practiced enough and revised as much as you can, you should be all right.

        Don't worry too much about what everybody else is doing. Just be confident in your own abilities.

        If you're in SA, there's a great website to help you if you want to ace your Learner's Licence Exam:

        http://www.trafficsigns.co.za/

      • profile image

        Kurt 8 years ago

        I am nervous

      working

      This website uses cookies

      As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, axleaddict.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

      For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://axleaddict.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

      Show Details
      Necessary
      HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
      LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
      Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
      AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
      Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
      CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
      Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
      Features
      Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
      Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
      Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
      Marketing
      Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
      Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
      Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
      Statistics
      Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
      ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)