Secondary schools and colleges all over the country normally conduct trail exams for their students.
These exams are held a few months before the actual examination begins.
Trial exams or mock exams as some call it are good for students. For one, it gives them practice. Secondly, students when they get their results will be aware of the subjects or areas they are weak in.
Students therefore have time to brush up their weaker subjects prior to facing the real examination later on in the year.
Driving schools and institutes also conduct qualifying test or Q.T.I. for potential driving students prior to their sitting for their real practical tests. For your information, practical tests are conducted by J.P.J. or Road Transport Department’s official or testers.
Usually, practical tests are conducted by testers and officials, including department’s clerical staff, weekly at driving institutes’ premises all over the country.
In line with the concept of privatisation, which the government launched some few years ago, these methods of conducting tests are in fact carried out quite successfully.
For the public’s consumption, there are some 5 or 6 driving institutes in Selangor where the J.P.J. conducts its tests weekly. Institutes in Klang district alone include the Pusat Memandu Kenderaan Klang (P.M.K.K.) in Jalan Kapar, the Institute Memandu Cekap in Taman Sri Muda nearby, the Pusat Latihan Memandu Shah Bandar located at 5th mile in Kampung Jawa, Klang and the Institute Rakan Ikhsan situated at the town of Meru, Klang.
The 4 institutes named above tests some 1500 new drivers every week.
Can a student appear for practical tests by the J.P.J. without first undergoing a Q.T.I. or pra ujian which is conducted by the institutes internal officials?
The answer to the above is No!
Why does the Road Transport Department insist potential driving students sit for this trial test? Does a student, say a candidate who wished to secure a B2 (250 cc motorcycle) license or D (car driving license) or an E (lorry driving license) gain anything at all by sitting for the above test?
Indeed they do. Q.T.I. provides:
i) The students with test experience.
ii) They undergo the same stress and tension as in a real life practical test.
iii) They are provided the opportunity to use real test cars which are used by the institutes during practical tests.
iv) If they do not perform well or are found to be incapable of handing a vehicle, internal testers will request them to take up further lessons prior to their practical exams. I have even heard of cases whereby candidates or students who have even failed their pra ujian.
Steps such as these will eventually go towards the upgrading of tests conducted by the J.P.J. Finally, driving standards will without doubt rise or improve as time progress.
When are Q.T.I. held at the institutes?
Usually, institutes have their own days on which such tests are conducted.
Permit me to quote the schedule of one institutes located in Klang, which conducts its pra ujian on Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. The above tests are held from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm.
Driving instructor normally bring their students to the institutes for such tests. Prior to these tests, an instructor has to ensure that necessary documents are first got ready.
What are the documents are we referring to? Amongst the things needed are:
i) The blue test cards.
ii) Borong IV duly completed and signed by the students.
iii) Schedule of the students learning programme have to be signed by students and instructor.
iv) The above form will have to be attested by the Q.T.I. officer who conducted the slope, side parking and 3 point turn test. Finally the jalan raya or road test.
Each student doing the qualifying test will be logged in at the computer for a test, which needs a minimum of half an hour.
As I mentioned earlier, certain institutes fail students who are weak. This means they fail in their pra ujian. Others insists students are taught by instructor a further one or two hours prior to resitting their test again.
Of course, in the process of undergoing these mock tests, students have to supply photocopies of their MyKad and JPJ L2B (6 hour theory) certificates as well.
After completion of the Q.T.I, tests, documents and other items essential for registering a potential student for the practical test will be returned to the driving instructor concerned. These forms will later be submitted to the office for registration with the J.P.J.
Usually, registration for a test is made a few days before the tests. Institutes’ staff will then submit test applications to the J.P.J. authorities. After everything is checked and scrutinized by the J.P.J. staff, test application lists are then sent back to the institutes over the weekend.
Test lists are then put up at the notice board as the institutes for the driving instructor’s perusal.
In conducting these pra ujian, obviously expenses are incurred. These expenses are usually borne by the students themselves. When we come to think of it, it benefits them all.