4. Module 1 off-road test: what happens

You’ll take the module 1 test in an off-road motorcycle manoeuvring area.

The test normally takes about 20 minutes and includes:

  • wheeling the moped or motorcycle and using the stand
  • riding a slalom and figure of 8
  • a slow ride
  • a U-turn
  • cornering and a controlled stop
  • cornering and an emergency stop
  • cornering and hazard avoidance

For the hazard avoidance and emergency stop exercises you must ride at a minimum speed of:

  • 19 mph on a moped
  • 31 mph on a motorcycle

Your test result

You’ll be told if you’ve passed module 1 at the end of the test.

The examiner will make a note of:

  • dangerous faults - these involve actual danger to you, the examiner, the public or property
  • serious faults - these are potentially dangerous
  • riding faults - these aren’t potentially dangerous, but could become serious if you keep making the same mistake

You’ll pass module 1 if you make:

  • no serious or dangerous faults (sometimes called ‘majors’)
  • no more than 5 riding faults (sometimes called ‘minors’)

If you pass

The examiner will:

  • tell you what faults you made, if any
  • give you a pass certificate - you need to take this to the module 2 test

If you’re upgrading your licence through ‘progressive access’, you must pass module 2 within 6 months. You have to pass module 1 again if you don’t.

If you don’t pass

You’ll have to book another module 1 test and pay again. You have to choose a date at least 3 working days away.

If you’ve already booked the module 2 test you might need to change the date, since you must pass module 1 before you can take module 2.

You’ll lose your fee if you don’t give 3 full days’ notice to cancel your module 2 test. Sundays and public holidays don’t count as working days.