The ICBC road test (also known as “ICBC driving test”, “ICBC practical exam”, or “ICBC behind-the-wheel test”) in British Columbia is a practical test of the driver’s ability to drive a car on the road. The test should be taken at the ICBC Driver Testing Office, not at the ICBC Driver Licensing office.
The candidate must obey the rules of the road and the examiner. If the driver disobeys or does not understand the examiner’s instructions, the examiner will fail the driver. A road test is usually done in one of the following weather conditions: sunny weather, bad weather, or poor visibility, such as during the night or in the rain.
If the driver makes a mistake, the examiner will tell the driver to back up. The examiner will then explain what the driver did wrong. The examiner will also tell the driver to drive on. The examiner will usually tell the driver when to turn left at an intersection. The examiner will tell the driver to stop if the driver does any of the following:
• Fails to stop at a stop sign.
• Fails to yield to a pedestrian.
• Goes through a red light.
• Drives in the wrong lane or goes the wrong way.
• Fails to obey the rules of the road (traffic signs, traffic signals and lane markings).
• Does not follow the examiner’s instructions.
The most important thing is to have a good knowledge of BC road rules and to have practiced a lot of driving. You do not need to have a lot of driving experience to take the test, but you do need to be familiar with the laws and safety rules that apply to driving. The more you know, the better you will perform.
The ICBC road test is not taken until the individual has already passed both the ICBC knowledge test and the vision test. All the tests must be taken within a two-year period.
The ICBC Road Test takes about 45 minutes.
You must wait 48 hours after each test before taking a new test. You can get the results immediately, but you cannot get your license until you have waited 48 hours after all tests have been completed.
If you fail any part of the road test, you may take the test again after waiting 48 hours. If you fail the road test three times, you will not be eligible for your license until you have taken and passed the Driver Improvement Program.
When you come for your test, be sure to bring:
Make sure your vehicle is in good working condition. Before the road test, the examiner will inspect your car. Here’s a vehicle safety checklist with some things that the examiner will check:
You can book your ICBC road test by going to the Driver Licensing section on the ICBC website.
The ICBC road test has been criticized for being too easy to pass. This is because the test is based on the driver’s “functional” rather than “performance” abilities. The functional abilities are those that do not require the driver to be alert, such as parallel parking. “Performance” abilities, such as driving in adverse weather conditions, require greater skills and attention. The ICBC test does not require the driver to be alert and focused on the road, but rather to follow directions from the examiner.