Motorcycle Operator Skills Test (MOST)

You need to take the Motorcycle Operator Skill Test (MOST) in order to obtain a provisional P1 rider licence.

What is the MOST?

The MOST is designed to measure your ability to handle a motorcycle, including starting, accelerating, turning and braking.

The MOST forms part of the pre-provisional rider training course.

How the test works

The MOST consists of eight test segments. None of the tests are difficult or dangerous for a skilled rider.

To pass, you have to complete all of the test segments. When you’re on the test course, you’ll be given specific instructions for each test.

Points are accrued for errors, such as touching painted lines, putting your foot down on the ground during a test, or hitting cones.

If you stall the engine during a test, you will accumulate points.

If you fail to conduct a headcheck before moving away during a test, you’ll also accumulate points.

To pass, you need to score eight points or less. A score of nine or more points, is a fail.

You can watch other people undertaking the MOST, but please respect their right to privacy and a fair attempt at the test.

When to take the test

You can take the MOST once you’re at least 17 years old, and have held your learner rider licence for at least three months.

You shouldn’t feel under any pressure to take the test. You can continue to practice riding on your learner rider licence for as long as you need, provided you renew it. Be aware however that you’ll need to take the pre-learner course again, if you renew your licence.

Booking the test

When you’re ready to take the test, you’ll need to make a booking and pay the required fee. You can book online, by phoning 13 22 13, or in person at any registry or service centre.

Taking the test

At your booked time, you’ll need to attend the nominated location.

See Motorcycle Rider Training Scheme for information about what you need to bring to the course.

You’ll need to provide a suitable motorcycle for the test, which must be registered and roadworthy. You’ll also need to wear an Australian Standard AS1698 approved helmet.

If there’s any suspicion that you’ve recently taken alcohol or another drug, the test will be cancelled, and there will be no refund of the test fee.

If you offer money, some other bribe, or try to influence a testing officer, the test will be stopped, and the matter reported to the police.

Test instructions

The testing officer will give you specific instructions at the beginning of each test segment.

If you do not understand the test, ask the testing officer to explain it again. Only begin the test activity if you fully understand what you’re being asked to do.

If you feel that any element of the test is beyond your skill level, tell the testing officer.

Test termination

Your test may be terminated by the testing officer if any of the following occurs:

  • You accumulate nine or more points – test failed
  • You disregard instructions from the testing officer
  • You fail to understand the testing officer’s instructions
  • You perform an unsafe act, at any point during the test
  • You display gross inability to ride a motorcycle, in any aspect of the test
  • You drop the motorcycle, or fall from, or with it
  • You take excessive time to complete the test
  • You leave the test area.

Test manoeuvres

During the MOST, you’ll be tested on a number of specific manoeuvres.

Left turn and stop in the box

Make a left turn through marked yellow lines. Make a smooth, non-skidding stop with the ‘contact patch’ of the front tyre completely inside the white painted box.

The test is done at whatever speed, and in whatever gear you choose.

Points are accumulated for:

  • Touching the yellow lines or putting your foot on the ground, during the left turn
  • Skidding either wheel or stopping with the ‘contact patch’ of the front tyre outside the white painted box. On the line is considered outside the box.
Diagram - left turn and stop in the box manoeuvre
Diagram - left turn and stop in the box manoeuvre

Cone weave and U-turn

Proceed around the cones by riding to the left of the first cone, to the right of the second and so on, weaving past all five cones. Make a right (clockwise) ‘U-turn’ within the box, formed by the yellow lines.

This test is done at whatever speed, and in whatever gear you choose. After completing the U-turn, stop near to where the testing officer is standing.

Points are accumulated for:

  • Hitting a cone, skipping a cone, or putting your foot on the ground
  • Touching the yellow lines or putting your foot on the ground during the U-turn.
Diagram - cone weave and U-turn manoeuvre
Diagram - cone weave and U-turn manoeuvre

Braking

On the testing officer’s signal, proceed between the blue and yellow cones, at a speed of 20-25km/h.

When the front edge of your front tyre passes the yellow cones, begin braking to bring your motorcycle to a complete stop as quickly and as safely as you can.

If you’re under 20km/h, you’ll be asked to perform a second stop.

If you brake early, or prepare your brakes before the yellow cones, you’ll be asked to perform a second stop.

If you’re under 20km/h or brake early on the second attempt, a fail will be recorded.

Points are accumulated for:

  • Incorrect stopping distances
  • Skidding either wheel.
Diagram - braking manoeuvre
Diagram - braking manoeuvre

Obstacle turn

On the testing officer’s signal, proceed between the blue and yellow cones, at a speed of 20-25km/h.

When the front edge of your front tyre passes the yellow cones, steer to the right or left (the side the testing officer is standing on), to avoid hitting the half tennis ball. Then, turn back in before hitting the side blue lines, and ride through the marked exit.

If you’re under 20 km/h, you’ll be asked to perform a second turn.

If you turn early, or prepare to turn before the yellow cones, you’ll be asked to perform a second turn.

If you’re under 20 km/h, or turn early on the second attempt, a fail will be recorded.

Once you’ve completed the obstacle turn, bring your motorcycle back to where the testing officer is standing.
Points are accumulated for:

  • Hitting a half tennis ball, either blue line, or not riding through the exit lane - a fail will be recorded
  • Turning to the incorrect side (you must turn to the side that the testing officer is standing on) - a fail will be recorded.
Diagram - obstacle turn manoeuvre
Diagram - obstacle turn manoeuvre
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