Guidelines for Candidates and Tutors Theory questions
Following the on road element of the test the Examiner will ask you some questions to check your knowledge of Roadcraft and The Highway Code. You may also be asked some questions relating to your motorcycle.
How does the Examiner decide my grade?
Gold is only awarded to the rider who shows a consistently high standard of riding throughout the test. The rider will demonstrate a confidence in their ability together with a thorough understanding of the principles contained in Motorcycle Roadcraft and how to apply those principles to situations that occur during the test. They will ride in a calm controlled manner, without fuss or flourish. It is important to realise that this is the result of a conscious decision making process and not just an automatic application of a set of ‘rules’. The Gold standard rider will consistently demonstrate good observations together with consideration for, and sound assessment of, other road users and situations, being courteous yet taking control as appropriate.
In obtaining this grade the candidate will have consistently made safe, legal, smooth, planned progress within the motorcycle’s capabilities whilst giving the examiner and other road users the impression of being completely calm and relaxed.
Silver is awarded to candidates who display a skill level well above the average. They will show a thorough understanding of the principles contained in Roadcraft and how to apply those principles to situations that occur during the test. The rider will make safe systematic progress however not demonstrating the consistency, final polish and smoothness of the Gold grade candidate. The System will still be applied in a thoughtful and considered manner for all situations and it must be stressed that this is a very high standard and those who obtain a Silver are to be congratulated.
A Bronze grade will be awarded to those candidates who show that they have an understanding of, and the ability to apply, the principles of advanced riding demonstrating a good level of observations and anticipation, but not doing so consistently throughout the test. They will however drive in a safe and legal manner, to a standard which is significantly above that required to pass the appropriate DVSA test.