I got a lend of “The Official Irish Driver Theory Test” for the PC from my sister-in law. It contains every official question I may be asked for the test to get my provisional license (learner’s permit). It randomly selects 40 questions, and I think the pass mark is 32. I took it once last night and I got 35 correct, that’s without even studying! I have the forms to get my eye test done (here in Ireland, you have to go to an actual optomotrist to get your sight test for your driver’s license, unlike in the states, where the DMV gives you a half-ass test). And I just found out that I can get a free one covered under Dan’s PRSI. I’m a little nervous, because I am pretty confidant that they won’t pass my eyesight (because its shit), and seeing how I haven’t owned a pair of glasses in about 15 years, I’m probably going to have to splash out some dosh for a new set of specs. Oh well, I’m sure my eyes will thank me later (though my bank account will be in a huff and probably not talk to me for a while).
When I took a sample test online I guessed 30/35, which was a fail—but I too thought it was fabulous considering I had never studied the UK laws and have no freakin’ idea what over half the signs mean. I just used logic to answer the questions. The weirdest thing to me is they want me to prove that I’ve been tested to drive a stick-shift. Try to explain that its NOT a separate issue in the States, but they won’t believe you.
Who’s the maker of your theory test? I think I should get that for the UK…
The CD-ROM version I have is actally put out by The Minister for the Environment and Local Goverment of Ireland. I’m sure the UK would have a similar version. Yeah, that whole stick shift thing is just odd to me, too.