Practical motorcycle tests: preparing for and booking your test

Practical motorcycle tests: preparing for and booking your test

In order to get your full motorbike licence, you’ll need to pass a two-part practical test.

The practical test shows that your riding skills have reached a level where you can ride consistently well, with confidence and without help or guidance. It’ll also show that you meet the National standards for driving and riding.

You’ll need to take your practical test within two years of passing your theory test – otherwise your theory test pass certificate will expire.

The practical motorbike test costs

  • £15.50 for Module 1
  • £75 for Module 2.

There’s more information about the practical test on GOV.UK with full details of the practical test costs.

‘The Official DVSA Guide to Learning to Ride’ contains detailed information about the tests. Better Biking - the Official DVSA Training Aid (DVD) will help you to improve your practical skills.

Read more about what to expect when you take your test here.

There are two modules in the practical test; you’ll have to pass Module 1 before you can take Module 2.

  • Module 1 is an off-road test in which you’ll have to show various manoeuvres including a figure of eight, cornering and a U-turn. You’ll need to ride as if you were out on the road.
  • Module 2 is a road riding test; it also includes an eyesight test and questions about safety checks on the motorbike and carrying a pillion passenger.

Whilst CBT will give you a good foundation of practical skills, it’s a good idea to complete some additional training with a proper instructor before taking your practical test.

Many approved training bodies (ATBs) provide additional training up to practical test standard. When asking about further training, make sure you check that the full practical syllabus is covered.

It’s essential that you practice

  • on as many types of road as you can
  • on dual carriageways where the national speed limit applies
  • in all sorts of conditions (including darkness).

Try to not obstruct other traffic when you’re practising or annoy local residents, for example, by practising emergency stops in quiet residential roads.

For more information and help with practical skills, and a checklist of what you should know and be able to do, visit our Motorcyclist Knowledge Centre.

There’s no point in booking the practical test until your trainer says you’re ready: you’re likely to waste your time and money if you take it too soon.

You can book both modules at the same time but, if you do this, make sure you leave enough time between the two tests. If you fail Module 1, you’ll have to wait three full working days before you can retake it.

If you need to change or cancel your Module 2 test, you’ll need to do this at least three full working days before the test otherwise you’ll lose your fee (Saturdays and Sundays are non-working days). So it’s a good idea to either

  • book your Module 2 test when you’ve passed Module 1
  • leave at least four working days between your tests so you have time to change your Module 2 test if necessary.

It’s best to book your test using the official site. If you use an unofficial site, you might pay more than you need to or you may not get a booking at all.

You can find your nearest test centre at GOV.UK.

You can also use GOV.UK if you need to change the test date or centre or cancel your test.

Your trainer may be able to book your tests for you: speak to your trainer to decide how it’s best to organise them.

If you have special needs such as a disability or if you need a translator, visit GOV.UK to find out what help is available for the practical test.