by Venus Zoleta, on category "Car Insurance"
March 14, 2018
All applicants for driver’s license in the Philippines are required to take the driving exams at the Land Transportation Office (LTO). This critical step to becoming a licensed driver ensures that only those who drive safely and responsibly are on the road.
The driver’s license examination consists of a written test and a practical driving test. You need to pass both LTO exams to get a driving license.
Taking the written exam is the next step after having your photo taken, creating a digital signature, and paying the applicable fees.
LTO no longer holds a lecture before administering the written test. Instead, it has made an LTO exam reviewer available to the public through its website. LTO also gives examinees an option to take the test in either English or Filipino.
The written exam for driver’s license applicants has the following categories:
If you’re applying for a non-professional license, you need to get 30 correct answers out of 40 items to pass the exam. Professional license applicants have to get 45 out of 60 items correctly.
Examinees who passed will be called and asked to proceed to the waiting area to move on to the practical driving exam.
The actual practical test happens quicker (around 5 minutes or longer, depending on the driver) than the waiting time for the next step of getting a driver’s license. You only need to make one round on an obstacle course, which involves driving straight on a flat and elevated road, parking, and making tight turns.
You can choose to take the practical exam using an LTO vehicle, your own car, or your driving school’s vehicle. Renting an LTO car (manual or automatic) will cost you PHP 250.
During the practical driving exam, the instructor will score you using a demerit point system. You’ll begin with 100 points. Each time you commit an error, the examiner deducts a corresponding number of points from your score and logs them onto a road test score sheet.
Scoring is based on three criteria:
1. Pre-driving check-up (Total of 10 points)
3. Observance of traffic rules (Total of 40 points)
When you’re done, the examiner will provide you with feedback and your test result. To pass the practical driving test, you need to get a score of at least 70.
Here are some tips for raising your chances of passing the written and practical exams.
One month after failing one or both of the writing and practical exams, a driver’s license applicant can retake the LTO exam.
Flunking on the second attempt means you can’t retake the exam and apply for a driver’s license within a year.
Finally, failure to pass the LTO exams on the third try will have you waiting for two years before you’re allowed to retake the test and re-apply for a license.
Have you taken the LTO exams? Got any tip or experience to share with first-time driver’s license applicants? Post your comment below!