There are two modules in the practical motorcycle test and you’ll have to pass Module 1 before you can take Module 2
Mod 1 is an off-road test. Don’t be fooled into thinking off-road means that you ride a dirt bike and get muddy; it simply means you carry out the examination at a test centre and not on the public highway.
Even though you’re in a controlled test arena, you’ll ride as if you were on the public roads.
The Mod 1 test lasts for around 20-minutes and comprises an off-road riding module which tests riders on the following skills:
You can book it through your local motorcycle training school or via this website: https://www.gov.uk/book-driving-test
First you’ll need a CBT. The costs vary depending on where you are in the country but expect to pay around £120.
Here’s the current official price list:
|Test type||Weekdays||Evenings, weekends and bank holidays|
|Mod 1 motorcycle test (off-road)||£15.50||£15.50|
|Mod 2 motorcycle test (on-road)||£75||£88.50|
|Extended test for disqualified riders (on-road)||£150||£177|
On the day of your test you must wear:
If your examiner does not feel your protective clothing is suitable for the test it will be cancelled and you do not have the right to a refund.
Module 1 pass criteria
You’ll find out if you’ve passed module 1 at the end of the test. During the module your examiner will note:
You will fail module one if your examiner observes:
Your test centre will provide you with manoeuvring diagrams, that make up part of your motorcycle practical test. These will feature diagrams of the different layouts of motorcycle manoeuvring areas on an off-road course, which will be used to demonstrate that you have good control of the vehicle.
Diagrams may include the off-road course that will test your knowledge of the following:
Will my Module 1 certificate expire?
Your Mod 1 pass certificate will expire at the same time as your motorcycle theory test certificate expires. So even if you re-take your Theory Test, your Module 1 will still expire on the date your original theory test was set to expire.
Will they cancel the Mod 1 test if it rains?
In rare circumstances, the test will be cancelled due to poor weather. However if it is simply raining, windy, snowing or foggy, the chances are the test will carry on as usual. In gale-force winds, your course is likely to be rescheduled but if it’s raining, even heavily, then prepare to get wet!
Can I use my own bike?
Yes. You need to ensure your motorcycle is on the DVSA list of approved test bikes and your motorcycle must be insured. It is often far easier and cheaper to use your motorcycle training school’s bikes. They cost around £25 a day to hire and you’re covered if you drop it.
Is the practical test the same for every licence?
The practical test is the same for each category, the only difference is the size of the bike you complete the test on. The AM test has a lower speed requirement but follows the same format.