A driving students “stint” ideally is a 16 lesson “course”. A candidate, after having successfully passed the Highway Code Test proceeds towards the 6 Hour Theory Course.

The 1st part is a 3 hour theory course in the classroom. The 2nd part entails another 3 hours practical course outside the classroom.

It is in the second part of the course, where “instructors” are supposed to impart to you car maintenance know how and how to change type punctures.

How much you have learnt from your instructor actually depends on your own selection of your instructor or driving school itself.

As the well known Malay proverb says, “Semai padi dapatkan padi…”. I hope you understand the message.

A L.D.L. license is valid for 3 months. A candidate with a new “L” license has to learn how to drive under a driving school instructor, using a driving school car. Mostly we use Kancils. Petrol consumption is less.

The car is smaller and this easier to teach in and control is much less of a problem.

A candidate can only appear for the Practical Test one month after issuance of the “L” licenses. Only in special cases can a candidate be allowed to sit for the practical test earlier than 1 month. Let’s say a candidate is going overseas soon to study.

Proof of airline tickets, school or college registration particulars should be ample proof for one to request for a “special” test.

A candidate, who has learned anything from 6 – 10 hours driving instruction, qualifies to apply for a practical test soon.

But according to the driving school curriculum, your driving school has to arrange for you to first sit for what’s called the Ujian Pra or in English the “Q.T.I.”.

What is the Q.T.I. one might ask? Q.T.I. means briefly – “Qualifying Test conducted by the Institute”.

Like schools and colleges, you sit for a “Trial Exam” prior to your sitting for your real exam. “Pra Ujian” or Q.T.I. tests are conducted by driving institutes instructors who possesses the necessary certificate to conduct tests on candidates who are appear for their practical tests conducted by the J.P.J.

Each institute, depending on the locality, has its own days to conduct these tests. Instructors have to register their students prior to the tests. Students have to be present. Their thumb print together with the instructor’s will be recorded by a computer.

In this manner, the “authenticity” of the test conducted is this maintained.

Normally approximately 1/2 and hour is allotted for a Q.T.I. test. What does the entire above test entail? The Q.T.I. test is exactly like the J.P.J. practical test on test day.

The Q.T.I. instructor will test a candidate on: Part I (Slope), Part II (Side Parking and 3 Point Turn) and Part III (Route or Jalan Raya).

As these tests are conducted by the officials of the Institutes themselves, therefore there is a tendency for the tests to be conducted in a “less strict” atmosphere.

Nevertheless, a certain standard of performance is required. Students who are not taught properly and those who cannot perform up t a certain standard are normally accorded “Failure”.

In the case of those who knocked into sticks while doing their “parking” or those whom the Instructor doing the tests feel lack the quality / standard are normally referred back to their instructors for further training at the institute. Then only are they “re-tested” again.

In the Q.T.I., the necessary forms are to be filled. Particulars such as MyKad, L.D.L. particulars, attendance of the 6 Hour Theory Course, the number of classes a student has learned, the results of the Part I, II and III are all recorded in the Borang IV.

When the above form is duly filled and certified, it is then submitted to the Institute’s office to be send to the J.P.J. for “booking” purposes.

The Q.T.I. may appear simple. In fact a lot of effort and paper work is involved. Getting a candidate ready for the Practical Test by the J.P.J. on test day is not as simple as one might perceive.

Sometimes, applicants submitted to the J.P.J. are sent back to the Institute’s office. They are “rejected”. Errors are found in the application. Certain particulars are not in order.

The students become angry, because they cannot do their test this week. And the poor instructor? He gets even angrier! But that’s the way it is with the Q.T.I. or “Pra Ujian”. To me, the Q.T.I. may well mean – “Qualified To Be Impatient”.

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