Getting a driver’s license is one of the most exciting events in our lives. As with a driver’s license, comes the freedom to go anywhere at any moment. In Ontario, unlocking a driver’s license first requires passing the G1 test, followed by the G2 test.
Like with every other test, there are specific processes and studies that need to be conducted to obtain a G1 license. We will go through each step of the process in this article.
There are several requirements for the G1 test. All of those are listed below
Basic: You must be 16 years old or older to apply for a G1 license. After that, you have to pass a vision test. It will ensure that you have a clear view of the road while driving. It is administered instantly after you apply. If you fail the vision test, you won’t be able to sit for the written test until you visit your eye doctor. After failing the vision test, your eye doctor will fill out a form and submit it to the DriveTest center. If you wear corrective lenses for your eyes, bring them with you to the testing center.
Identification: The authorities will require some documents. These include a passport and Canadian Citizenship card, a permanent resident card, and proof of residence. If you are an immigrant, you will need immigration papers to verify.
Fees: The G1 package fee is $160 plus taxes, which includes the fees for your writing test and G2 road test.
Written Test: It’s the most important of all in all the above-mentioned processes. You have to sit for a knowledge test and pass it.
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The Ministry of Transportation’s (MTO) Official Driver’s Handbook has all the required information for passing the tests. Here are some basic components to give you a clear view.
Format: Questions will be based on multiple-choice questions (MCQ). And these questions will be divided into two parts.
Exam time: There is no hard limit for the time, but generally it takes about 20-30 minutes.
Languages: Even if you aren’t an English native speaker, no worries. 27 language options are available for the test.
Results: Results are published right away after you complete them. You have to score at least 80% to pass this exam. If you fail, you can pay the fee and retake it instantly.
Other than that, cheating is strictly prohibited. There won’t be a chance, as they will be monitoring you all the time through a camera. If you are caught, then you will face suspension, fail automatically, and you will lose your fee.
Syllabus and Study Materials
If you are planning to sit for the first time, you need to know what the G1 test is like. The test has two parts. Each part has 20 questions. Part One will test you about Traffic Signals and Lights. There are 70 traffic signals and lights you should be aware of. And the second part will test your knowledge of The Rules Of The Road. To drive in Ontario, you need to know over 90 common rules of the road.
You will find everything in the official MTO Driver’s handbook. You can study it online. On the province’s official website, there’s a copy of the handbook. Or you can get a copy from your local DriveTest Center or an authorized retailer.
Tips for Written Tests
- Practicing will boost your confidence and preparation. You will know what you need to revise again and what’s left out. There are a lot of online sites that offer online tests.
- Worries and anxiety aren’t uncommon before a test. But don’t forget to have a sound sleep of 6-8 hours before the exam. A sound sleep will help you think and concentrate clearly.
- Always read each question carefully and don’t rush. You may get frustrated during exams. But try to be calm and relaxed. The questions can be tricky, so make sure you don’t misread the questions.
- If you can, try to schedule your exam early in the day. Our brains and bodies are most efficient at the start of the day.
After G1 Test
You will receive a temporary G1 paper license after you pass the exam. It will be valid for 90 days before you receive a plastic driver’s license that includes your photo and signature.
Rules for G1 Drivers
You have to agree to some rules and conditions after you receive your G1 license. There are six specific rules you have to abide by.
- You couldn’t have more people than your seat belts.
- Do not drive between midnight and 5:00 a.m.
- You can’t drive on a 400 series highway or high-speed expressway.
- You need to have a licensed driver in the vehicle who has experience of at least four years and a blood-alcohol level of no more than .5%.
- You can put anyone other than the licensed driver in the front passenger seat.
- You need to have an alcohol level of 0% while driving.
After passing the G1 test, you can now prepare for the G2 test. It takes some time and patience to become a fully licensed driver. You may run out of breath because of long procedures, and time. But it’s worth it. Concentrate on your test and believe in your abilities. Best of luck!