POND ISLAND–Government’s Driving Exams Department (DED) has soft-launched its Digital Theory Driving Examinations with the intention of a full launch set for September 2. The manual theoretical exam system will be phased out after September 2. The new system allows DED to quadruple the number of exams carried out in one day.
The new system has no increased cost for applicants.
The department started off with digitalisation of the theoretical part of the exam, which has been vetted by curriculum developers used by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports. The exam is based on local and international standards.
The automated process is also in use on the French side of the island as well as in Aruba and Curaçao.
Driver’s licence applicants have 30 questions to answer in some 45 minutes. A number of applicants have already passed the exam and have expressed satisfaction with the new system.
DED advises that applicants should not be nervous or overanxious. The timeframe to take the theoretical exam is sufficient.
The programme allows applicants to get their results instantly via e-mail once they have entered their e-mail address into the system. Applicants must have basic computer-use knowledge to take the exam. Under special conditions candidates with challenges can be accommodated if the candidate advises the Civil Registry Department on application for the exam.
The Department plans to integrate the appointment system with that of the Civil Registry Department where it concerns notification of appointment via email. This should take place in the second half of 2019.
Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/89180-theoretical-part-of-driver-s-licence-exam-digitalised