What happens during the learner's test?

Taking the learner's test can be nerve-wracking. But it helps if you know what to expect.

On the day of your learner licence test, you'll be directed to a computer and asked to answer 35 questions on the things you've learnt from the road code.

The test is computerised, and multi-choice. Each question will have either two or four options. You just need to click on the answer you think is correct.

Test questions are taken randomly from a bank of around 200, although there's a special system in place to ensure you don't get a bunch of similar questions. You don't have to worry about getting 30 questions on giving way, for example, but you'll definitely see a few.

If you get at least 32 questions correct, you pass. Each time you answer a question, you'll be told whether you got the answer right or wrong, so you'll know how you're going.

If you get fewer than 32 questions correct, or you show up late to your appointment, you'll have to book in to take the test again. You won't be able to take the test again straight away - you might have to come back several weeks later. You'll also have to pay the test fee again. 

Languages and reading difficulties

Many people with reading difficulties pass the learner's test with flying colours. If you're worried about this part of the test, you should talk to the driver licencing agent at the time you book your test.

You may be able to get:

  • extra time to complete the theory test
  • a helper who can read the test out for you

If English is not your first language, you can apply to sit the learner test in one of the following languages:

  • Arabic
  • Chinese (simplified and traditional)
  • Gujarati
  • Hindi
  • Korean
  • Māori
  • Punjabi
  • Samoan
  • Tongan

What's next?

After you pass the learner's test

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