Class 5 VS Class 7 Road Test Driving Test BC


What’s the difference between the ICBC Class 5 and Class 7 Road Test?

  • Skills — Both tests will test your driving skills:
    • observation
    • maintaining space margins
    • speed control
    • steering
    • communication
  • Hazard perception — Both tests willassess your hazard perception.
    • In the Class 7 test, the examiner will ask you to pull over, look ahead, and explain what hazards you would look out for in the driving environment.
    • In the Class 5 test, you’ll be asked at certain times during the test to say the names of the hazards you see as you drive.
  • Manoeuvres — Whether you’re taking the Class 7 or the Class 5 test, you may be tested on these manoeuvres:
    • Intersections: going straight, turning right, turning left
    • Entering and exiting a highway or freeway
    • Backing up
    • Changing Lanes
    • Parking at the side of the road
    • Parking on a hill
    • Reverse Stall Parking
    • Parallel parking
    • 2 or 3 point turn
    • General driving: driving on hills, curves, going straight
  • Class 7 test: is usually about 30 min
  • Class 7 test: usually does not include merging onto a freeway
  • Class 7 test: Examiners are looking for a confident, safe, and skilled (relatively) new driver. PS. Your parking does not have to be perfect.
  • Class 5 test: is usually about 45 min
  • Class 5 test: usually includes merging onto a freeway
  • Class 5 test: Examiners are looking for a confident, safe, and skilled driver that hasn’t developed bad habits over the years they’ve been driving; such as, rolling stops, lack of shoulder checks, one hand on the steering wheel, using the left foot on the brake pedal, etc.

Examiners’ tips for passing the Class 5 and 7 road tests

Here are some tips from driver examiners on how to prepare to pass these tests:

  • Keep to the posted speed limits. Don’t try to keep up with speeding traffic.
  • Watch for school and playground zones. Speeding through school and playground zones is a common reason for drivers to fail their test.
  • Make full stops at stop signs, and make sure you stop in the correct position. When it’s safe to move out, pull out slowly, scanning the intersection.
  • When turning right, shoulder check to the right to ensure there are no cyclists, pedestrians or other road users heading straight through the intersection (and therefore into your path).
  • Mirror check, signal and shoulder check whenever you change lanes or direction.
  • Keep a safe distance from other vehicles.
  • Scan intersections before driving through, even if the light is green when you approach.
  • When merging onto a highway, use the acceleration lane to get up to the speed of the highway traffic, while remaining within the speed limit. The rest of the manoeuvre is a lane change.
  • Practise all the manoeuvres you may be asked to do as part of your road test, including parallel parking, parking on a hill, and 2- and 3-point turns.
  • If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask! We’ll be happy to answer them before you start your road test.