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The Grading Process

The RSA Driving Test Grading Process - Knowing the Grading Process of the full Driving Test is important to maintain Your Driving skills to Avoid Faults.

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A driving test candidate must be able to sufficiently prove that they have the requisite knowledge, skills and appropriate disposition to use the public motorway safely and responsibly.

In demonstrating the above skills, the applicant must conduct himself in the best possible way while ensuring compliance with all relevant regulations.

The RSA determines these standards by conducting the Driver Theory Test and grading it accordingly to reflect the expertise of the candidate.

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The Driving Test Grading Process

To grade the applicant’s test, driving testers will use guidance from their supervisor, together with their professional training experience to assist them in deciding, first, what importance to attach to an applicant’s fault and after that, whether or not it should be recorded under any of the following standard headings:

  • Grade 1 fault: – Minor fault
  • Grade 2 fault: – More serious fault
  • Grade 3 fault: – Dangerous or potentially dangerous fault

Sometimes, a tester will only consider a candidate’s fault to be of such nature that doesn’t warrant a record.

A candidate will be deemed to have the test when he incurs any of the following:

  • One or more Grade 3 faults
  • Four of the same Grade 2 faults for a single aspect
  • 6 or more Grade 2 faults under the same heading
  • 9 or more Grade 2 faults overall
  • In any case, a fault in the Grade 1 does not bear any effect

Rules or Checks

Not answering 3 questions or 3 incorrectly answered questions might result in a grade 2 fault.

‘Checks’ faults are applied in relations to the Seatbelt, Doors, Mirrors, Seat or Head restraint adjustments and might affect your final records.

Other faults

Here is a list of other factors that will result in faults for any in appropriation or ignorance during the test.

  • Position on the straight/on bends
  • Position at cross-junctions
  • Position in traffic lanes
  • Position at roundabouts
  • Position turning right or left at junction
  • Position stopping
  • Position following
  • Observation faults

At National Driving School Dublin we will make sure that you are trained in all aspects and fine-tune your skills so that you don’t forget every single detail and give your best during the test.

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