Oral Learner License Test
Guidelines for qualifying for the Oral Learner License Test
- If the examiner cannot determine if the applicant is literate or illiterate, then the applicant must do the written test at least once and if he/she fails badly, then on his/her request, an oral test could be considered. If such a person fails narrowly, then the written test must be repeated.
- If an applicant claims to be illiterate, then he/she must officially apply to do the oral test. If he/she can complete the application form for Learner’s Licences, then he/she will most probably be able to do the written test.
- Where possible, an applicant who claims to be dyslexic must produce a letter or a certificate from a psychologist to confirm the condition.
- Applicants with reading/writing problems, e.g. pupils who underwent special remedial education, can be allowed extra time to complete the written test. This can be done on the recommendation of the Chief Licensing Officer or the person in charge.
- Only interpreters who are accredited by a court of law should be used.
- If possible, classes where an Examiner for Driving Licences reads the test more than one applicant while they follow inter alia (among other things) the road traffic signs, etc. in the test booklet and on the map with road signs, should be organised. It is in other words a reading class and the applicants mark the answers on the answer sheet.
Applicants for Learner Licences who experience writing and reading problems are examined on their knowledge of the rules of the road, road traffic signs and of the controls of the specific vehicles in respect of which they wish to obtain a learner licence. The test questions are based on relevant sections of the Road Traffic Act and Regulations relating to learner drives.
The examiner puts the questions orally to the applicant and the applicant answers them orally. There are general questions on rules of the road, general questions on road traffic signs, and specific questions on rules of the road and on road traffic signs for the various classes of motor vehicles, as well as questions on the controls of different types of motor vehicles.
The question and possible answers are read to the applicant. The applicant indicates to the examiner which is the correct answer. The question and possible answers can be read a second time if the applicant requests it.
Information on the passing/failing of the test may be discussed, if the applicant requests it. However, individual questions in the test will not be discussed with applicants.
Source: Human Sciences Research Council