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The Q.T.I. – Qualifying Test At The Institute

A driving students “stint” ideally is a 16 lesson “course”.


A candidate, after having successfully passed the Kursus Pendidikan Pemandu or 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 Perodua Axis and Kancil.

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 to 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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  1. Alex June 27, 2010 at 11:40 pm - Reply

    saya telah mengikuti QTI dan adakah saya perlu menunggu 1 bulan dari tarikh QTI baru boleh mengikuti ujian jpj?

    • Cikgu Yap June 28, 2010 at 11:58 pm - Reply

      Boleh ujian satu bulan selepas L di keluarkan. Bukan 1 bulan selepas QTI.

  2. confused July 8, 2010 at 10:28 pm - Reply

    Hi Mr Yap

    got my L last week n did 5 hrs of driving my instructor wants me to finish my 8 hrs within a week .my 5 hrs i drove on d road n i have not been to the circuit first day itself i drove on d road wif 4th gear n i was nervous coz i im not good wif changing gears n clutch somehow i manage it the last 3 hrs was worst he took me to jalan mati to learn to park n hilly area to learn bukit when i asked him abt going to circuit he said i have to wait for other students then he will take all of us. when driving back home theres a lot of bonggol he said no need to use brake to control the car just 1st gear free my leg frm clutch n there u go enjoy roller coaster rides .completed 5 hrs im still not good wif changing gears n to control clutch thinking of changing driving school .can u please tell me what are the normal steps u learn during the first 8 hrs do we dont really need to go the circuit??? please help me

    • Cikgu Yap July 10, 2010 at 11:57 am - Reply

      Personally, I’m not very in favour of the way your instructor is teaching you. All aspect of car control should be taught to the student gradually. It takes time. A student cannot be rushed into doing things. If after finishing the 8 hours, you’re still not confident to drive well, you have little alternative but take further lessons through another driving school.

  3. even more confused February 14, 2011 at 10:27 am - Reply

    Hi Mr Yap, how recently was the QTI put into place? I have several friends who got their license in the 2010-2011 period who did not have to sit for the QTI. Is it mandatory? Also, according to my driving school, they did not inform us before hand but they said that we’re required to take another 4 hours of practical on top of the 8 hours of instruction we’ve already had and paid for, and we have to pay 100 for the extra hours and QTI! I’m incredibly confused: is the QTI necessary and how many hours of practical are required before one can sit for the QTI?

    • Cikgu Yap February 18, 2011 at 7:22 pm - Reply

      Weird things do happen! A person can sit for the QTI when he / she is competent. The QTI is mandatory. Ans for extra payments, speak to your instructor and seek his explanation.

  4. katerina January 3, 2012 at 2:30 am - Reply

    Hello. Cikgu yap.can we change the tarikh ujian praktikal Jpj lesen kereta after we book it.sorry pls reply soon because it is urgent.thank a lot

    • Cikgu Yap January 3, 2012 at 10:49 pm - Reply

      Yes, you can change date of practical test. But you’ll be charged cancellation costs.

  5. Charles June 9, 2012 at 9:32 pm - Reply

    I have my learner’s license (australia)
    I have already driven with my instructor for 80 hours (120 hours is required to obtain license in australia)
    I’m going back to malaysia this year end, i plan to get my P license and im only here for only 10 days, could i transfer my license or do a practical test without waiting for 1 month?

    Reply me soon because this is really important to me, cheers :)

    • Cikgu Yap June 11, 2012 at 3:14 pm - Reply

      Your lessons in Australia cannot be taken into account here. To get Malaysian license, you’ll need at least 50 – 60 days. All steps must be redone.

  6. azrai March 10, 2013 at 3:26 pm - Reply

    apakah tindakan yang saya perlu lakukan sekiranya enjin mati seperti melepaskan clutch secara mengejut

    • Cikgu Yap March 12, 2013 at 4:34 pm - Reply

      Nampaknya kawalan clutch anda kurang memuaskan. Cadangan saya adalah, dapatkan lebih latihan lagi.

  7. azrai March 22, 2013 at 11:50 am - Reply

    saya ada masalah dengan instruktor dia selalu marah dan jerit kepada saya menyebabkan saya rasa putus asa dan hilang keyakinan saya untuk memandu….saya harap cikgu boleh membantu saya untuk mencari instruktor yang lebih penyabar dan berhemat di penang

    • Cikgu Yap March 22, 2013 at 7:24 pm - Reply

      Saya memang bersimpati dengan anda. Pengajar yang sedemikikan memangnya tidak patut wujud di kalangan sekolah memandu dan institut memandu. Tetapi anda jangan putus asa. Perlahan-lahan mencari seorang pengajar yang baik.

  8. Shirley March 17, 2014 at 12:10 pm - Reply

    Hi, teacher Yap…

    I want to ask if it is true that the students that had pass QTI cannot take extra driving lessons from their teachers?
    I just passed my QTI last 2 weeks ago and going to take JPJ test this next week.
    Although I pass my QTI test, I’m still not confident enough to take the JPJ test, so I decided to take extra driving lessons but I failed to contact my teacher. I asked my experienced friend about this situation and he said it is normal because teacher cannot give extra driving lessons to the students that had pass the QTI test. It is true? If it is true what should I do? I don’t think I am ready to take JPJ test yet but I can’t take any extra lessons? Please reply me here or via e-mail. *URGENT*

    • Cikgu Yap March 27, 2014 at 11:29 am - Reply

      Students who have undergone their QTI tests can take up extra lessons to better themselves.

  9. Forest June 29, 2014 at 8:23 pm - Reply

    Hi. Can I ask how long is it normally for the whole thing to be done? From the first step until I eventually get the P license? Thanks.

    • Cikgu Yap July 4, 2014 at 11:43 am - Reply

      About 2 months.

  10. Jack September 9, 2014 at 11:03 am - Reply

    Hi.Can i ask why suddenly learning driving become 16hours?

    • Cikgu Yap September 10, 2014 at 2:34 pm - Reply

      Isn’t more, the better?

  11. pavithira February 3, 2017 at 10:14 am - Reply

    Hi mr yap ! I am goin to sit for the Q.T.I test tomorrow..but im not sure on what am i suppose to do for the test..can u pls explain to me what is the test all about ? Thank you

    • Cikgu Yap February 3, 2017 at 11:32 am - Reply

      Everything about the Qualifying Test At The Institute (QTI) has been explained in the article above.

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