When it comes to learning how to drive, online practice driving tests have been a major development in how people study for their written driving tests. Research has shown that when test applicants are studying, passive learning is not very helpful. Reading books and guides on road regulations, taking notes and the like does not offer very much benefit at all. It has been shown that practicing something far outweighs any benefit gained from merely studying it. Though in the context of a written driving test, the only way to do this is with online practice tests.
While practice tests are a form of study themselves, when compared to passive learning they stand out in their own right.
Books don’t give feedback. This is a statement that’s hard to argue with, though the meaning is significant.
If a test applicant doesn’t know which areas and types of questions that they frequently get wrong, they are likely to not spend nearly enough time focusing on these areas. It’s quite obvious that not only being a waste of time, this seems like a sure-fire way of failing the test.
Time is probably being wasted. There’s absolutely no benefit to be gained from studying what is already completely understood.
Not only is this a waste of time for the person studying, it can potentially give them a false sense of security about how well they’re doing. Without being able to quantify how well they are doing, many people ill base their progress on how many hours they have put into studying.
Quantifiable results. There’s no better way for one to know how they are doing, than to know exactly how they are doing. If they are passing a practice test every single time with a high or perfect result, they will benefit hugely from not suffering bad nerves and stress.
If however, they are not passing frequently, it lets them know that much more study is still required. This is especially important for those who are overconfident and not taking it seriously.
Putting it all in the picture. By reading a guidebook and learning as much as possible about rules of the road, one will be perfectly equipped for answering a test that ask solely about regulations.
Unfortunately, for those who have studied in this way, that’s not how the test works at all. The test is based on being able to correctly understand theoretical situations and how a driver should react in these scenarios.
Not only is merely understanding regulations a likely way to fail the written test, it’s also very dangerous to have drivers on the road who are not aware how to react to certain situations.
The best way to understand the appropriate way to deal with any driving situation or scenario is for test applicants to utilize practice tests and to keep repeating them until they are achieving a pass every time, and by a decent margin.