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Mastering Mod 2: A Comprehensive Guide to the Motorcycle Test

Updated: Oct 4, 2023

Congratulations on successfully completing Compulsory Basic Training and passing the Theory and Module 1 Tests! Now, there's just one more hurdle standing between you and your full motorcycle licence - the Module 2 test. While some say it's easier than Module 1, it can still be nerve-wracking. Don't worry, though; I'm here to walk you through what to expect during your Module 2 test and offer some valuable tips to help you pass with flying colors.


Before your test day, your instructor should have familiarized you with the roads around the test centre and potential test routes. If not, I highly recommend doing this yourself. It will help you feel more comfortable when you set off and ensure you're aware of any specific speed limits around the test centre. The last thing you want is to make a mistake right at the beginning or end of your test.

At the start of the test, the examiner will ask you a couple of bike-related questions, known as 'show me, tell me' questions. These questions cover topics like checking oil levels and tyre conditions. You should review and memorize the answers to these questions, as you'll only be asked two out of the potential twelve. Fortunately, the correct answers are available on the website, along with helpful articles and videos explaining them.

Here are some additional tips to prepare:

  • Get a good night's sleep before the test and avoid caffeine and alcohol the night before.

  • Ensure you eat and drink something before leaving home, even if you're feeling nervous.

  • Remember to bring all necessary documents, including your licence and CBT/Theory/Module 1 Test Certificates.

  • Stay relaxed and remember to breathe. You've got this!

The Test

On the day of your test, after providing the required documents, you'll be asked to wait outside for the examiner. They will provide you with a radio and earpiece that you'll need to wear throughout the test, allowing them to guide you on the route they want you to take. Don't worry; the examiner can hear you, but you can't hear them, so feel free to talk, sing, or even swear to yourself as you ride.

The first task is an eyesight test where you'll be asked to read a number plate from a distance of 20 metres. Failing this test means failing your entire exam, so make sure your eyes are up to the task.

After the eyesight test, you'll be directed to a parked motorcycle and asked the 'show me, tell me' questions. Once the examiner is satisfied with your answers, it's time to hit the road. Remember that you're under test conditions as soon as you sit on the bike, so don't forget to perform all necessary safety checks before setting off.

The on-the-road portion of the test lasts between 35 to 45 minutes and is split into two sections. For the first 15 to 20 minutes, the examiner will direct you like a sat-nav, giving clear instructions via the earpiece. Your job is to follow the provided route while obeying the highway code, road signs, and directions. This section is not meant to trick you; just ride safely, pay attention, and follow the rules.

During the test, you'll be asked to perform various maneuvers, such as hill-starts and pulling over safely. If there are any issues, the examiner will let you know. Ride as if you're on your own, even though the examiner is following you. If you lose sight of them temporarily due to traffic lights, they'll ask you to pull over until they catch up.

After 15 to 20 minutes, you'll move on to the independent ride, lasting about 10 minutes. Here, the examiner won't provide specific directions but will ask you to follow road signs to a particular destination. You won't fail for going the wrong way, but you must ride safely and legally. If you realise you're off course, keep going; the examiner will guide you back to the right route when possible.

Once the independent ride is over, the examiner will direct you back to the test centre. Remain focused and follow instructions until you've parked and dismounted. You're still under test conditions until the end.

The examiner will briefly grade your performance and inform you on the spot if you've passed or not. To pass Module 2, avoid any serious or dangerous faults (majors) and limit riding faults (minors) to no more than 10. If you pass, you'll receive your certificate immediately, granting you the freedom to ride any motorcycle you desire.

If you don't succeed, don't be discouraged. Speak to your instructor about the next steps and schedule a re-test. Remember, you've come a long way, and you're almost there.

Final Tips

Keep in mind that the examiner's goal is for you to succeed. They won't trick you or ask you to do something you haven't practiced. If you think you've made a major mistake, keep going; it might just be a minor fault.

Lastly, try to enjoy the experience. After all, you get to ride a motorcycle, which is an incredible adventure waiting to happen!

Best of luck if you have your Module 2 test coming up. If you have any questions or need more advice, feel free to reach out. Stay safe and happy riding!

Jennie x

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Just been looking at the current method of passing motorbike test . I passed mine many years ago now.

Interesting article but like to point out a minor discrepancy you stated

"Don't worry; the examiner can hear you, but you can't hear them, so feel free to talk, sing, or even swear to yourself as you ride"

how can you take directions from the examiner you Can't hear and would they not take offence hearing you talk,sing or even swear ???


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