Although involved in “driving school” circles for years and besides being an English educated school boy, until today, I’m not shy to disclose that I do not actually know what the abbreviation “Q.T.I.” means.
Q.T.I. is used by instructors and driving school personel rather widely. Even young, potential driving students should know what Q.T.I. or “pra-ujian” is. But unfortunately, irregardless whether you believe it or not, this experienced driving school instructor, until today, is not sure, what the above abbreviation in reality is.
The closest I can figure out what Q.T.I. is, is that it ideally should intend to denote “Qualifying Tests at The Institutes”. To make it easier for readers, Q.T.I. in our National Language or Bahasa Malaysia, is actually “pra-ujian”.
All driving students enrolled either with a driving school or institute, has to go through this compulsory test. It is conducted by institute’s experienced instructors prior to a student being sent for his or her practical examination conducted by the Road Transport Department testers. For readers’ information, the above tests are nowadays carried out at privately owned institutes all throughout the country.
Q.T.I. tests have to be undergone by each and every potential candidate out to secure a driving or a riding license in this country. It is therefore pertinent that an article on it has to be written.
Driving schools, institutes or driving academies as some call themselves these days, have to prepare their students for their practical tests. And like schools, universities and institutes, where “pre” exams are conducted prior to public exams being scheduled, the driving school and institute fraternity, likewise has to deal with what is known as Q.T.I. tests.
These tests are compulsory. A student has to sit for and pass this test in order to be able to qualify for the real practical test to be conducted by JPJ or RTD testers later on. Internal driving schools or institute testers, carry out “pre tests” on potential students who take up a driving course, a few weeks prior to their being sent for the real examination.
Looking at it closely, the Q.T.I. exam is indeed a good “yardstick” for institutes to gauge whether a student is competent enough to appear for the real exam or otherwise. Those students who are unable to drive or incompetent are therefore barred from sitting for the real exam later on.
Students found weak, and unable to drive safely and well, have to undergo further practical lessons with their perspective driving schools and institutes. Some institutes, this instructor understands, charge a further RM20 to sit for a repeat Q.T.I. exam. Maybe, a lot of money and time is involved.
But, in the interests of better standards of driving in this country, the above requirements and steps should be continued. The Q.T.I. tests imposed upon driving students is in my opinion, a good move. Nevertheless, it should monitored well and conducted properly. Otherwise, it would defeat the purpose it was intended for.
Documents To Be Brought By The Individual Instructors For Q.T.I:
i. Student’s identity card
ii. Student’s computer card
iii. Copy of JPJ L2B (carbon copy)
iv. Borang or Form SM4 duly filled in
v. Photostate copy of “L” license
vi. Photostate copy of identity card
At most institutes, a payment of approximately RM70 – RM85 is made for a Q.T.I. exam. Following a payment of the above amount, a receipt is then issued. The counter-clerks will provide the driving school instructor and his student on test the following particulars:
a. Q.T.I Assessment Form
b. A “control” form for entry for practical tests
c. The Registration Book for test should also be duly filled and signed too
What does a student doing the Q.T.I. exam have to undergo?
Similar to the practical exam, which is conducted by officers of the Road Transport Department, the ½ hour Q.T.I. exam, which is conducted by institutes internal tester requires a student to perform the below mentioned things:-
i. Going up the slope
a. A candidate is provided 2 attempts
b. A duration of 3 minutes is allocated for this part of the exam
ii. Side parking or parallel parking
a. 5 minutes is allocated for this section
iii. The 3 point turn maneuver
a. 3 minutes provided
b. Ideally the engine shall not “die off” or stall
c. After stopping, the steering has to be turned completely before going forward or backwards
d. A student is allowed to stop only once while either moving forward or backward
Part 3 (Road Test)
Most institutes have at least 2 routes for road test. These routes take a minimum of at least 15 minutes each to complete. The assessment forms used by the institute’s internal testers are more or less similar to test assessment forms normally used by JPJ or Road Transport Department’s testers on the real practical test day.
A candidate undergoing the Q.T.I. test, if found weak or fail in their Part 2 or Part 3 are Failed. These students will then have to undergo a further 1 or 2 hours of training prior to their being sent for their repeat Q.T.I. exam. A further RM20 will be normally imposed by the institute to cover costs of conducting these Q.T.I. tests again.
The assessment form and the “Form SM 4”, when duly signed and attested by the institute’s internal tester, will now be ready to be handed back to the respective driving school instructor. It can now be sent in to the office to be forwarded o the state Transport Department for registration purposes for practical tests later on.
Well, I have allocated quite a lot of time to explain in great detail with regards to how Q.T.I. tests are run at the level of driving institutes. It is therefore hoped, that in future, readers will refrain from asking about it anymore.
As from henceforth, readers of this blog will know what Q.T.I. stands for. Q.T.I. in reality denotes “Qualifying Test Conducted at the Driving Institutes”.
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