I'm posting this partly to vent, and partly to see what experiences other people have had. Yesterday I did the Pre-Provisional course & MOST test. Prior to the testing I had been practising many of the tasks that are tested in the MOST test, but admittedly I mainly concentrated on the U-turns and the cone weave (i.e. the slow riding stuff) as I knew that is an issue for many riders. Out of the six of us in my group who attended for the whole day, only one person passed the MOST test. The remaining 5 of us failed. Two people attended to do the test only - they both passed, although one of them only scrapped through (he accumulated 8 points). Although I don't mind honing in on my riding skills, as I started riding with the mind-set that I will always be learning new things about it, I was disappointed in how much training/practice we got for the MOST activities - which basically would've amounted to about 10-15 minutes per person after the lunch break. A few of the people in my group were complaining about this prior to the start of the actual MOST testing. Other than the fact that he started late, the instructor took about an hour for morning tea, an hour for lunch and then another 20 odd minutes after lunch. When I asked for feedback about what I needed to improve on, his response was "next question?" If he had only taken 15 minutes for morning tea, then we could've had more time to go through the MOST tasks. I'm not sure if it's normal to have so long for morning tea at the pre-provisional course or not. When we were practising the emergency/quick stops, we had no idea whether or not we were stopping within the distrance required when doing that task in the MOST test (as the practice wasn't done on the same spot it's done on the test, so we didn't have the lines etc). The emergency stop was where many people failed. We were given no indication from the instructor as to whether or not we were stopping within the correct distrance (his comments were more along the lines of when he thought we were going too fast/slow and telling us to apply the front brake more). I failed for not stopping within the required distance curing the emergency stop (I wasn't given a second opportunity to do the emergency stop, but I'm assuming that's because I was doing the speed they expected us to do). I guess part of my issue is the fact that he gave us such a long time for morning tea, when much of that time could've been spent practicing MOST activities & partly the lack of indication of whether or not we stopping within the required distance for the emergency stop. Although I had expected some 'classroom' time and also the road ride, I wasn't expecting so little time practicing the MOST activities when there was clearly opportunity to practice them more. It's tempting to complain about it to RMS, although I suspect it's a waste of time. On the plus side, it forces me to practice more although I took the view before yesterday that I would continue practicing some of the tasks (mainly the emergency stops, u turns & slow riding) as they're tools/skills I don't want to 'lose'! Vent over!