So fresh in my mind after Friday's MOST test for my P's, I thought it'd be valuable to some length for newbies to know what happens on the MOST test day. Most confusing (pardon the pun) can be the fact you spend 8 hours there for a test that takes approx. 4 minutes. START You'll all gather and sign the arrival sheet. Then, your instructor takes you to your theory room (where you won't spend much time at all throughout the day). The instructor covers off the 3 main points learned during the L's course: buffering, observation and set up. This is basically a re-hash of simply roadcraft skills. BRINGING IN THE BIKES For those that bring their own bikes, you are then requested to gear up and ride to an inspection point. There, you will all gather while on your bikes and display the following when your instructor asks: 1. Headlight and high beam works 2. All four blinkers work 3. Horn works 4. Brake light works for front and rear brakes. 5. Kill switch works. 6. Throttle return works. This is relatively straight forward. I have heard there are far stricter instructors who go to the lengths of measuring chain guards, fender dimensions etc., however I did not experience any of that. Hot tip: Check ALL of this the day before. My headlight went out the night before the test and I would not have noticed if I didn't ride that night. Lucky. ON THE RANGE Before going on the range you'll be asked if you want to check tyre pressures and top up/back off the pressures. It's all done yourself so it helps to know your optimal pressures. Remember that tyres can drop a couple of PSI just by sitting in the garage overnight and this can affect the handling and particularly braking performance of your bike. You'll being on the range doing a large figure-8 course with a give way 'sign' for one end. Things the instructor watches for: 1. Obey give way. 2. Looking at EXIT of each curve. 3. Buffering away from bike that is on 'give way' responsibilities. Hot tip: Check your pressures and top them up even if 1-2 PSI down from normal. THEORY ROOM You'll have a short break and return to the theory room. Here, you'll discuss buffering and traffic awareness and response techniques. The instructor will advise on rules for the road ride and how it is done. ROAD RIDE You'll head off in a group for the road ride of approx 1 hour. Each rider has a turn at the front for about 5-10 minutes while the instructor watches from second-in-line. You'll be watched on buffering, setting up, assessing hazards and generally how you respond to potential dangers. At the end of each rider's stint at the front, you'll pull over and recap with the instructor on things that were seen. Hot tip: Remember your minimum 3-second gap to the vehicle in front! The instructors are quite adamant on pointing out how large that gap actually is. LUNCH Self explanatory. Hot tip: If attending St Ives, bring some snacks or lunch with you. It's a bit of a ride to St Ives to get food and will take up most of your 45 minute break. MOST PRACTICE Now, you'll get back to the range where the instructor will set up the MOST test. Except, it's actually not. It's a harder version of the test designed to really push you. I don't necessarily agree to this as a lot of people get upset and frustrated. I cracked the shits when I was struggling to get around the left-hand turn, until I spied the ACTUAL left turn box on the ground in the middle of the range Hot tip: If you're not making turns, DON'T get frustrated! Just keep trying to employ the techniques knowing that you have a little more space on the actual test. THE TEST The instructor will walk the group through the test site. They will explain each module which is: 1. Left hand turn and stop in the box. 2. Cone weave and u-turn. 3. Emergency stop. 4. Emergency weave. You'll go in order of sign-up on the arrival card at the beginning of the day. If you're first - REMEMBER HEAD CHECKS. Hot tip: Take it easy, it's actually not that hard. Just remember to head check, head check, head check. FINISH If you passed, you'll go back to the reception area to collect your certificate.