Driving license methodologies from around the world


This to find out how practical and theory exams vary around the world, and which countries have the easiest and most difficult tests.
They also stumbled upon some pretty bizarre testing elements. From driving tests without examiners to those with students and police officers in the back seats, take a look at the weird and wonderful requirements around the world.

Driving tests in Kenya feature a toy car and table-top board which learners must navigate around to demonstrate road policy awareness.

Driving tests in Andorra can only be taken on a Wednesday morning.

Here, practical tests are moderated by onboard computers that monitor the driver’s performance. This means there’ll be no examiner in the car with you.

Dueto the uneven road surfaces in Lesotho, many learners will take their tests in 4×4 vehicles.

Whilsttaking your practical test in Libya, it’s a tight squeeze in the car! You’ll be joined by a police officer, driving instructor, and other learner drivers taking their exam after you.

Theory test applicants in Romania will be photographed three times during the test to use as evidence that they actually took the exam.

Youmust complete a practical test on an obstacle course, however, there will be no examiner in the car, instead, you will be assessed by cameras and sensors.

With eco-friendly vehicles becoming increasingly popular, in Slovenia, you’ll be tested on the basic techniques of energy-saving and environmentally-friendly driving in your practical exam.

The easiest tests to pass

EgyptUntil recently, Egyptian drivers only had to drive forwards and backwards 6 metres to pass their test, however, this has since been toughened up with the addition of a 10-question theory test.

The PhilippinesThe practical test in the Philippines involves doing one loop of a preset driving course that only involves right turns.

UgandaUganda’s theory test is 30 questions long - but you only need to get 25% correct to pass.

MexicoIn some Mexican states, you only have to pass a theory exam to get a license. This includes Estado de Mexico and Baja California. Up until 2018 you didn’t have to take any test to obtain a license.

ColumbiaThe practical driving test is scored out of 10, and you only need to get 5 points to pass!

IndiaDuring India’s practical test, learners only have to drive in a straight line, turn left, and stop after 50 yards in order to pass.

South SudanDrivers in South Sudan don’t always have to take a practical test, if they can prove they’re ‘fit to drive’.

BurundiMany people drive without legal driver licenses here, and those who do have one don’t have to take any prior training or lessons.

IndonesiaHere, you only need to get 21 questions out of 30 correct to pass your theory test, and the practical test involves simple tasks like driving forwards, reversing, and driving up and downhill.

HondurasHistorically, you never had to pass an exam to obtain a driving license, however, more recently Honduras has brought in a simple written test, but no practical exam.

The most difficult tests to pass

JapanLearners in Japan are expected to attend a mandatory driving camp for 26 hours. Requirements also involve taking a theory exam, five days driving practice, and finally a practical exam.

ChinaIn China, the theory test contains 100 questions and requires you to memorise 1,000 in total. There are then two separate practical assessments, followed by a final theory test.

CroatiaNew drivers in Croatia must attend 70-100 hours of mandatory driving school before attempting their test. Your personality type and fitness to drive is also assessed.

MontenegroLearners on their practical test are only allowed to make three errors before failing. Before getting a licence, you must also be examined by an ophthalmologist and a psychiatrist.

UkraineLearners taking their practical test in Ukraine are only allowed to make two mistakes before getting an instant fail.

AustraliaIn parts of Australia, learners have to log 120 hours of experience with an instructor before they can take their final practical test.

SingaporeHere you must pass two intense theory tests before you can apply for your practical test. Each test contains 50 questions and take 50 minutes to complete.

FranceFrench learner drivers have to clock up 3,000km behind the wheel with an instructor before they can book their practical test.

RussiaRussia’s theory test only allows for one mistake out of 20 multiple choice questions. There are also two separate practical tests; an obstacle driving course and on-road exam.

VietnamVietnam’s theory test is a staggering 450 questions long!

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