Taking your practical motorcycle tests

Taking your practical motorcycle tests

The practical tests make sure you can ride confidently and safely in different road and traffic conditions, and that you know The Highway Code (and can show this by the way you ride).

Read here about how best to prepare for and book your test. Better Biking - the Official DVSA Training Aid (DVD) will help you improve your practical skills.

Make sure that you book the correct category of test. See GOV.UK for more information about how to gain your licence. The requirements depend on whether you apply under progressive access or direct access.

Also make sure you wear the right clothing for your practical tests: without it, the test might not go ahead and you’ll lose your fee. Check what sort of clothing you should wear for riding a motorbike here or, if you’re still not sure, ask your trainer.

This module is tested in a safe off-road area; it takes about 20 minutes. You’ll need to show that you can do the following with your machine:

  • wheel the moped or motorbike and use the stand
  • do a slalom and figure of eight
  • a slow ride
  • U-turn
  • cornering and controlled stop
  • cornering and the emergency stop
  • cornering and hazard avoidance.

Watch this DVSA video for more information about what you’ll need to take to your Module 1 test and what will happen in the test.

Official DSA motorcycle test: module one (1 of 6)


This is the on-road module and it usually takes about 50 minutes. You’ll need to show your Module 1 pass certificate when you take your Module 2 test. You must use the same size and type of motorbike for both modules.

The module includes

  • an eyesight test
  • safety questions
  • road riding including stopping, an angle start (pulling out from behind a parked vehicle) and a hill start, where possible
  • 10 minutes of independent riding, when you’ll be asked to ride a route following traffic signs or a series of directions, to see how you make decisions while riding.

While you’re riding on the road, the examiner will give you directions using a radio. They’ll normally follow you on a motorbike.

Click here to watch a series of short videos about Module 2.

Almost everyone gets nervous about their motorbike test: you’ve done months of preparation and you really want to pass. But to pass, you’ll need to keep your nerves under control. Here are some tips to help you.

  • Don’t book your tests at times when you know other stressful things are happening, such as school exams.
  • Before the tests, make sure you get a few good nights’ sleep: you’ll feel more stressed if you’re tired.
  • Avoid too much caffeine before your tests: it might make you feel jittery and nervous.
  • Arrive at the test centre about 15 minutes before your test is due so you’re not hurried but you’re also not waiting too long.
  • Remember, your examiner wants to make sure you’re safe on the road. They’re not trying to catch you out. If there’s anything you’re not sure about, just ask.
  • Be positive: focus on passing your test rather than worrying about failing it.

If you fail, your examiner will explain the faults and give you a copy of the riding test report. At a Module 2 test, you can ask your trainer to be there when you’re given your feedback.

You’ll have to wait at least three working days before you can retake Module 1. You can’t take Module 2 until you’ve passed Module 1 so, if you need to, change the date of your Module 2 test. Remember, you can only change the date if it’s more than three working days away.

If you fail Module 2, you’ll have to wait 10 working days before you can retake the test.

If you’re retaking either module, show your trainer the riding test report and follow their advice to correct the faults. Practise as much as you can ready for your retake.

Well done! You can now get your provisional licence changed to a full licence. Your examiner will usually send your details to the DVLA so an upgraded licence can be sent to you by post. For more details about how to claim your riding test pass, see GOV.UK.

Your examiner will give you feedback on your test. Remember to listen carefully to this: just because you passed your test, it doesn’t mean you rode perfectly!