ICBC Road Test Results Sheet – 5 Intriguing Global Skills

ICBC Road Test Results Sheet

No more demerit system

Gone are the days of demerits. This might seem like understanding the new ICBC road test results sheet is confusing. It’s not too bad, though.

These days when you go for a road test in BC, you receive this very complicated-looking piece of paper with many small boxes.

I’m a bit rusty on some of the exact details but I’ll see if I can make some sense of it. Do you need some tips for passing the ICBC Road Test?

ICBC Road Test Results Sheet – Global Skills

icbc road test results sheet

You’re being tested on ‘global skills.’

You can find these global skills along the left-hand side of the sheet.

These are skills you should be ‘competent’ at when you are driving and they are

  • Observation
  • Space Margins
  • Speed
  • Steering
  • Communication

Within each of these global skills, there are a list of items. Think of this as basically a list of things that you could do wrong!

In other words, the examiner will only write down something on this paper if you do something wrong, miss something, or make an error.

So, if your paper has no marks at all, I think it’s safe to say that you passed your test.

If you look at the very first one, A1, it reads ‘Shoulder check.’

If you get an A1 on your paper, it means you forgot or did not do a shoulder check at a time when you were supposed to.

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ICBC Road Test Results Sheet – Driving Maneuvers

In the middle or main section of the ICBC road test results sheet, we find your actual driving maneuvers. This is where the examiner will keep track of your errors.

Driving maneuvers are separated into:

General driving and vehicle handling include such things as your parking and your steering abilities.

In each category you can see how it has 1, and then ABCDE. The ‘1’ means the first time you turned right.

The ‘2’ means, the second time you turned right, and so forth.

The ABCDE relate to the global skills along the left margin.

For example, A means ‘Observation Skills’.  B means ‘Space Margins’ and so forth.

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ICBC Road Test Results Sheet – Results For Each Section

Along the right-hand side of the ICBC road test results sheet is your result. The driving examiner will mark you on each section (Left turns, Right Turns, Intersection Through, General Driving, and Vehicle Handling).

If you fail one section, you fail the entire test.

There is a tiny box which says ‘Qualified: YES or NO.’

The examiner will circle how many errors you’re allowed on your paper, at the beginning of the test.

There are different routes; and some routes may have more right turns than others.

Therefore, the driver may be allowed more mistakes on right turns when compared with other routes.

Either way, they will circle 3X, 4X, 5X.

This is the amount of errors you’re allowed to make in each category and in each of the global skills.  

So you can make some mistakes, but it is better to make a bunch of different mistakes, rather than the same mistake over and over again.

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The first thing I would do if I failed this road test would be to look at where it says “Qualified: YES or NO.”

Find where it says NO, and then see which section that is in. Did you fail all 5 sections, or did you just fail on your right turns?

Then, read the main section to see what the examiner wrote. A common mistake is not enough shoulder checks on right turns.

If you look on your sheet and see under the ‘Intersection Right’ category, you have a bunch of A1’s. Count them.

If it’s more than the error-cut off that the examiner circled, then that’s why you failed. I have seen road test results with 5-7 A1’s in the right turning section.

That tells me the driver does not shoulder check before turning right.

It looks something like this if you fail for not enough shoulder checks on right turns:

icbc road test sheet

A2 is a scan: This means the driver didn’t look left and right before proceeding.

A3 Mirror Check – the driver did not look in the mirror

A4: 360 Check – The driver did not look and do a 360 circle check before reversing

B4 is another very common one. This says ‘GAP‘ What the heck does that mean? The examiner commonly marks this when turning.

It means you were doing a (usually) left-hand turn, and there was a big gap in the oncoming traffic where the examiner thought you should have turned, but you didn’t turn and sat there and waited for a bigger gap in traffic.

This could also happen on a right turn. Drivers who are over-cautious sometimes stop before they turn right, even at places they do not have a stop sign.

‘Gap’ basically means there was extra time going by when there shouldn’t have been; you didn’t ‘Seize the Opportunity’ that you could have.

Again, if you do this once or twice, it’s fine. If you do this on every single left turn, you will not pass.

It indicates a serious lack of skill and/or confidence, both of which are important for people to have before they drive alone.

I think the others are fairly self-explanatory. B5: Blocks Crosswalk. If you block a crosswalk by accident, just stay there.

Reversing on a crosswalk is illegal. The examiner will simply write B5 on your paper once.

Having one B5 on your test result is not a big deal. If you do that more than 3X (or whatever the error cut-off is) then you’ll fail that section, and the test.

Hope that helps.

Interview with a driver examiner : tips to help you pass your road test from ICBC.


ICBC Road Test Results Sheet

All these little boxes can seem totally confusing. However, it’s not too bad once you get the hang of it. Hopefully you will just have passed your road test and can throw this paper in the shredder, or frame it on your wall, whatever you like. Need some tips for the ICBC road test?

By Carmen

Carmen became a driving instructor at the age of 22 in North Vancouver, Canada.


  1. If you’re taking an exam in a driving school vehicle, are they allowed to use the passenger side brake pedal if it’s not to prevent an accident. Failed my test because I saw a stop sign late but still hit the brakes and would have made the stop but the tester hit their brake and failed me because of it.

  2. Yesterday I failed my Class5 Road test. The examiner said that generally I did good, but the reason he failed me was that the gap between my car and a car in-front was too short (I could see the licence plate, so I wasn’t very close to a car in-front of me). Another reason that he mentioned was that I didn’t keep 2 sec. distance while driving (the distance I drove was two cars between me and another car), that being said my speed was 40-50km/hr. Considering the speed, I felt safe enough to keep a shorter distance and not 2sec.
    In my opinion, those are not very serious mistakes to fail me and I was wondering what chances do I have them changing it to a pass mark or letting me to have another test with a different examiner at no-charge, if I speak with a supervisor?
    Has anyone went through a similar situation? Please share.

    1. I’m not sure about that process, but following closely to the vehicle in front is a hazard as it will be very easy to rear-end them should they stop suddenly, especially in this winter or slippery weather we have been having. It might seem not very serious to you but it could turn into something serious very quickly. Sorry to lecture you, just trying to let you know why ICBC sees this as unsafe and a serious matter. Hope that made sense

  3. I failed my test today too…My driving & parallel parking went really well, however messed up in K turn as it became a U turn and forgot to put down the handbrake for mere 2 secs while turning !!
    Can anybody tell me what does A or I in the assessment sheet mean? I am unable to understand it

  4. Hi Carmen, what is 3: Cancel under E: Communication? I had my road test yesterday and I got five of them under general driving.

    1. Hey It is “Driver ensures that signals are cancelled after a maneuver is complete. Driver cancels signal within 4 seconds or less after completion of a maneuver.” “Examinee fails to cancel signal if completing a turn, within 4 seconds after becoming parallel with the edge of the road or sooner to ensure other road users are not confused; *Examinees should be aware that driving through an intersection with a left turn signal displayed is potentially dangerous if there are oncoming vehicles that could be confused by the signal”

  5. i failed my road test today :(
    i didn’t drive the car i always drive with. the section i failed was vehicle manoeuvre, i couldn’t do a parallel park to save my life today / got an accel/decel / backing / ended up getting an ‘M’ for that section lol. the examiner was really nice, and told me i failed really nicely (haha)..
    im kind of meh about it ’cause i guess there’s probably a good reason why i failed , but i dont understand 2 things:

    1) Around Macdonald and 20ish he asked me to pull over on the main road at one point. I didn’t do it because there was a ‘no stopping’ sign, but he repeated it (and sounded kind of annoyed) it so i quickly pulled over because i didn’t wanna fail… i ended up pulling into the bus stop. Another time was in a residential area with a no parking sign, and i did the same thing (drove ahead looking for a spot with no stopping/no parking signs) when he told me to park because there was a frikkin no parking sign there!! After the test he said that i was slow to follow his instructions, cause when he said ‘pull over’ it was generally safe to do. On my next test, if this happens, do I just pull over even though theres a no parking / stopping sign?

    2) At a left turn intersection on the main road i got ‘gap’. I didn’t want to make the left turn because i could see a small truck coming towards us, although he was a block away. My instructor always said to not turn if a car is visible. When there finally was a safe gap, i turned, but the truck behind me got tired of waiting so he turned at the same time. The examiner quickly stepped on the brakes on his side, which was great cause i could have collided with the truck. After the test he told me i could have turned even though i had seen the car because it was far enough. I kind of ‘get’ it, like it might have been safe but i guess i wasn’t driving confidently?
    Also i got ‘Qualified’ for the left turn section even though the examiner had intervened. I spent the whole time after that turn feeling super blah because i thought that was an automatic fail.

    Anyway the test wasn’t as bad as i thought it would be, i took it when the roads were busy as well and i dunno if there are such things as ‘easier’ routes but this was definitely not as difficult as i thought it would be! i spent a lot of time worrying about that left turn with the islands on Macdonald! Your blog was super helpful, especially about turning on amber. thanks!

  6. Hi, I just did Road test yesterday, unfortunately failing because of overspeeding in playground area. Examiner said I did good but failed to see where playground ended. Can somebody tell me regarding Head Restraint on lower right of the sheet what a C mark means? Thank you.

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