The Module One test (MOD 1), takes place at a DVSA Multi Purpose Test Centre (MPTC), which in motorcycle training language, is more commonly referred to as a Motorcycle Manoeuvring Area (MMA). This Module One test area is completely level and has a high-grip tarmac surface, which gives optimal tyre grip in both dry and wet conditions. The test area is 40 x 120 metres and is laid out with a standard configuration of cones that mark out the various slow control and circuit based exercises. Module One test candidates access the test area via a gate, which is closed during the MOD 1 test to prevent other vehicles and pedestrians from entering.
The Module One test takes about 20 minutes to complete and is assessed by a Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) examiner. The test includes the following slow-control and riding the circuit exercises.
During the cornering aspect of all three riding the circuit exercises, candidates should ride at a controlled speed of 19 mph (30 km/h). Whilst this is an advised speed during the controlled stop and a required speed for the other two exercises, it is noteworthy to mention that a speed camera is not used in the cornering part of these exercises.
Likewise, for the controlled stop, a speed at the camera of 30 mph is advised, but not measured. For the emergency stop and avoidance exercises, the speed camera is used, with the following speeds required:
- 19 mph (30 km/h) on a moped
- 32 mph (50 km/h) on a motorcycle (any engine size)
It is possible to ride slightly slower and still pass, although the rider will receive a riding fault.
MOD 1 test success
For MOD 1 test success, it is important to know what to wear and what to take, as mistakes with either can result in a cancelled (failed) test. Prior knowledge of the examiners briefing is useful and a good understanding of potential MOD 1 rider faults and fails can pay dividends.
Once the documents (driving licence, passport, CBT certificate and Theory pass) have been checked, the examiner will escort the candidate to their motorcycle, where they will ensure conformity with test category requirements. The candidate will then be invited to ride into the test centre and once the bike has been started, the MOD 1 test has begun and assessments are being made.
Whilst on completion of the final MOD 1 exercises, the rider will be asked to leave the test centre, it is important to note that assessment continues until the motorcycle bike is safely on the stand, with the rider dismounted and the engine off. It is not unknown for MOD 1 candidates to fail their test at this stage, only as a result of dropping their bike. MOD 1 candidates are advised to stay 100% focused until their motorcycle is securely and safely on its stand. What then follows is a MOD 1 debrief back in the comfort of the test centre.
Module One test results
The examiner will have marked the MOD 1 test report during the exercises, with any final adjustments being made in the test centre. To pass MOD 1, candidates are not permitted to make any serious or dangerous faults. They can however accrue a maximum of five rider faults (also known as minor faults). Regardless of test outcome, the examiner will detail any faults and fails. For successful candidates, Module One motorcycle test pass certificate will be issued. This certificate expires on the same date that the theory test pass certificate expires, hence it is important to complete Module Two (MOD 2) before these certificates expire.
When candidates fail their Module One motorcycle test, they will be given a copy of the marking sheet. This can help with better understanding MOD 1 faults, whilst guiding further MOD 1 training. Candidates should ensure full understanding and ask questions to clarify. A further MOD 1 test cannot then be taken until three full working days have passed. This is why the MOD 2 test should not be booked on the same day or too close after MOD 1.