Book Your Advanced Test
COVID 19 Update: Alberta Transportation suspended road testing for the duration of the public health emergency. Road Testing will resume starting June 23, 2020. The first step will be for Alberta Transportation to contact everyone who had a test cancelled and give them a chance to reschedule. After this, booking for all other Albertans should be available starting June 30, 2020. Please note that there will significantly reduced test slots available and we don’t have access to any tests other than what you can see on the road test booking platform.
Due to COVID-19, clients and examiners will be required to wear masks. Clients must provide their own masks, or we can sell you one for $1. Please arrive at least 15 minutes before your test time so we can check you in. You will need to sign a special COVID-19 waiver before your test.
The cost for the Advanced Road Test is $138.00 and can be booked online, or in person at our office. This fee is the same across Alberta. Test slots are available 8:15 – 7:00 pm Monday through Friday and 9:00 – 4:00 on Saturday. There are no bookings on Saturdays of long weekends. Car Rental is also available for an extra $85 fee, payable in our office at the Road Test desk.
- Even though you likely passed the Knowledge Test some time ago, it’s important to take the time to review the Driver’s Guide to make sure that you are familiar with all of the rules of the road.
- Although you are not required to take a driving course before your Road Test, we do recommend that you take what is commonly referred to as a “brush up lesson”. An experienced Driving Instructor will be able to point out your “bad habits” and give you tips for avoiding common disqualifications. We don’t recommend any specific driving schools, but there are a selection of business cards at our Road Test desk for you to choose form.
- Read Alberta Transportation’s Preparing For Your Road Test guide.
What to Expect During the Road Test
- You will come into our office to check in at the Road Test at least 20 minutes before your test time. Please bring your driver’s license with you. If you are using your own car or a car you have borrowed, please bring your vehicle registration and proof of insurance (digital or paper). Double check before your test day to make sure that both are valid and that the name on the registration matches the name on the insurance.
- The Driver Examiner will call your name and check your documents.
- You will go out to the East Calgary Registry parking lot with the examiner. The examiner will ask you to demonstrate control over the vehicles headlights, wiper blades, brake etc. If you are borrowing a vehicle for the test, we recommend that you take time to familiarize yourself with both the controls and handling of that vehicle.
- The examiner will get into the vehicle’s passenger seat and proceed to give you directions. On the Advanced Road test, you should expect to encounter: a variety of traffic signs and signals including yield, stop, lights and railway crossing. You will also be required to adjust speed throughout the test according to posted speed limits and you can expect to drive through at least one playground/school zone. You will also be required to drive on a primary highway with a maximum speed of 80, 90 or 100 KPH.
- You will be required to perform parallel parking as well as hill parking. You may not use parking assist. If your vehicle is equipped with cameras, you do not have to turn them off, but you are required to demonstrate parking using all required observations (i.e. turning to look behind or to the side as necessary to ensure safety).
- The driver examiner will ask you to change lanes and make both right and left turns. Know the meanings of all traffic signs, signals and pavement markings and obey them consistently. As above, if your vehicle is equipped with cameras, you are still required to perform adequate shoulder checks to ensure safety.
All Driver Examiners in Alberta are employees of the Government of Alberta. They do not work for the Registry. Alberta Transportation determines how many points are assigned to each error and which errors are automatic disqualifications. The following are common disqualifications. There may be additional disqualifications which are not listed here.
1. Accumulating more than 75 points.
2. Failing to yield as required and another vehicle or pedestrian is affected
3. Committing a traffic light violation:
- Failing to stop for a red light
- Failing to stop for a yellow light when able to do so. It is your responsibility to anticipate that the light may change and to adjust speed accordingly
- Failing to stop completely prior to turning right on a red light.
4. Failing to stop completely for a stop sign
5. Exceeding the speed limit
6. Your tires climb over a curb
7. Lacking caution at an uncontrolled intersection:
- At an uncontrolled intersection, you must yield to vehicles on the right. This includes “T” intersections. Check for traffic and reduce speed to the point where a stop can be made, if necessary. The appropriate speed is determined by road conditions and visibility obstructions (e.g. hedges, trees, parked vehicles, etc.). If you cannot see approaching traffic, slow down to a speed where you can stop safely, if necessary.
8. Obstructing traffic by:
- Driving too slowly
- Failing to proceed as required (being unnecessarily cautious)
- Otherwise obstructing traffic unnecessarily.
9. Failing to complete a required manoeuver (such as a parallel, hill, or angle park) within three attempts
10. Making contact with another vehicle or object
11. Lacking sufficient skill and control. This may include:
- A skill like steering or shifting gears is inadequate
- The examiner has to intervene to assist or provide advice
- Driving in the middle of a marked roadway for extended distances
12. Making an unsafe action. This may include:
- Driving straight through an intersection from a designated turning lane
- Driving at an unsafe speed for the conditions (conditions may require you to drive below the posted speed limit)
- Driving on the wrong side of the road
After the Road Test
The test will conclude in the parking lot of East Calgary Registry. You will receive an email immediately after the test letting you know your results. These results are also loaded to your Motor Vehicle profile instantly.
If you have passed, please proceed directly to the Road Test desk. The Road Test clerk will test your eyes and re-class your license. Please note that this involves having your Class 5 GDL license shredded and it will take about 2 weeks to receive your new licence in the mail. You will receive a paper interim license (with no photo) which you can use to drive until your license arrives in the mail. The cost is $28.00.
If you have any complaints or concerns about your Driver Examiner, please contact Alberta Transportation at 403-252-9090.