Jun 22, 2015

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Passing your Basic Theory Test in Singapore

When it comes to your practical driving, you have the choices of deciding on school approved driving instructors or private approved driving instructors.

An important good reason why most of the people choose private approved driving instructors often is the cost factor.

You can be paying as low as SGD$45 per 1 hour 30 minutes session (from what I check on the internet some private approved driving instructors are offering lower rates) with a private driving instructor. And with the same driving instructor (private), you will get better pointers in terms of correcting your bad driving habits, which generally increases the odds of passing.

With the main benefit of getting a private driving instructor to be the cost factor, the next challenge you have would be to hire the suitable private driving instructor to get ready you for your practical test.


Whenever you hire and utilize a private driving instructor the very first time, there is a one-time SGD$60 (industry average) as registration fee. The issue lies herein, what if you make payment for the $60 registration fee and doesn’t obtain the right private driving instructor? You wind up paying the registration fees for a new private driving instructor again (and you face the identical risks still). In Singapore, you can take your driving lessons in any of the driving centres here: Bukit Batok driving centre, Comfort driving centre (ubi driving centre) and Woodlands driving centre.

What we do
here in Kukudrivers is to work with a pool of private driving instructors who’re good and come recommended. In terms of this, one man’s meat can be another’s posion.

Passing your Basic Theory Test is the starting point in getting your driving license in Singapore.
Specifically
we’re referring to motor cars Class 3 / 3A / 3C / 3CA.
Note: Class 3C / Class 3CA are new licenses issued by the Traffic Police effective 1st June 2015.
To make things simpler, regardless of any kind of Class 3 you will have to clear your Basic Theory Test and Final Theory Test thought your Practical Driving Test differs with regard to the requirements of the type of Class 3 license you’re taking. When taking your Singapore driving license, you can hire a private driving instructor for your practical tests at the same time while studying for your basic theory test and final theory test. Check out the Traffic Police Singapore website for other details.


Whether you’re opting for Manual or Auto (Class 3 / 3A / 3C / 3CA licenses), the Basic Theory Test (Exam) takes place in various driving schools.

Note:
You are able to register as a school student for your basic theory test at CDC even when you plan to work with private driving instructors later. In fact we suggest you to register with the school when you’re getting ready for your Basic Theory Test.

Being a student, you can take more mock (simulated) basic theory test tests 2-3 hours before the actual exam. This certainly will greatly help you in clearing your Basic Theory Test.

The Final Theory Test is really a lot trickier than the Basic Theory Test in the sense that you will be supposed to know how a manual car work (clutch, brakes and accelerator) together with the different gears.


Even if you are going for the auto car license (Class 3A), you have to clear the same Final Theory Test taken by Class 3 students (Manual and Auto).
Tips:
We actually feel it’s easier for you to attend at least 1 to 2 practical lessons with a manual or auto car FIRST prior to taking the FTT. This certainly will give you a better appreciation of the use of the clutch-brake-accelerator combination together with the gear. A great deal of questions in the FTT covers this.

Pay attention to how the FTT focuses on drink driving. Applies a lot of common sense and you can clear a lot of such questions. Essentially never drive after drinking!

Areas covered in the Final Theory Test:
Introduction – safe driving
Operation of vehicle controls. This covers
the different fuctions on clutch, brake, accelerator and gears for instance.
Basic Driving Techniques covering different safety aspects of driving.
Techniques in driving in traffic. Driving uphill and downhill 
and other details on navigating the traffic.