Yes, I passed the test 🙂 For those of you who were wondering, it was the theory test for my driving license. I have been going to classes and practising the test sheets since December. Its not as easy as one may think. Firstly, the rules and regulations here are different, but that wasn’t my biggest problem. The difficult part was that I sat for the English version of the test. And boy oh boy are the translations WEIRD or what!
only cars in lane c can turn left…
cars in lane c can only turn left…
They have totally different meanings, and are translated wrongly!
A question referring to the yellow and black “no parking” markings on the curb; the Italian version will say “giallo e nero” and in the English it will say “white and black” or vice versa. Totally wrong!
Anyway, I learnt that to be absolutely sure, one must read both the English and Italian versions. No easy feat if you’re new to the language.
It didn’t help that the morning I was supposed to sit for the test, there was a blizzard in town, and supposedly the town hadn’t seen that much snow since 1918!! Just my luck huh? The entire town was thrown into chaos, and the hubby had a tough time trying to get his car out of the knee-high pile of snow. We drove through ice and snow and I was praying that we’d get to the driving school in one piece, and that the hubby reaches his office safely.
We got to the driving school safely, and they brought us to the “Motorizzazzione” (Traffic Authority) for the actual test. There, I waited for about 3 hours before I got to take the test. And of course, out of the many computers in there, mine wasn’t working. By that point, I was sure that the Gods were against me, and I was going to fail for sure. Snowstorm, 3 hour wait (and me wanting to use the bathroom badly, but was afraid to go coz I was sure they were gonna call my name at any time), and the darned PC not working. I raised my hand and the invigilator brought me to another PC that was finally working.
I put in my magnetic card into the slot and after some explanation by the invigilator to the whole group of students in the exam room, we began the test. I didn’t get any tricky questions, and the hard topics which I had memorized for (insurance rulings, car maintenance etc) were nowhere in sight. We are allocated 30 minutes for the test. I finished the test in about 5 minutes and spent the next 10 minutes checking my answers against the Italian translation. Once I felt confident enough, I confirmed my answers and handed in my card to the invigilator and I left the room.
I waited another 15 minutes or so (STILL wanting to use the bathroom!) for them to call us back in to announce the results. The invigilator read out our names off the sheet in alphabetical order. Those who passed got an IDONEO remark (meaning eligible/fit/pass) and those who failed got a RESPINTO remark along with the number of errors. One is allowed a maximum of 4 errors out of 30 questions. And phew, thankfully I passed. 🙂 I hurriedly took the picture above with my mobile phone, just for fun.
I will register for the practical driving lessons hopefully this week. It costs a freaking 13EUR for only 20 minutes. I hope that it goes well, and that soon I will be able to take the practical driving test and get my license and not have to trudge through rain, sleet and snow to get to places when the car is parked just outside our apartment!
Related: Driving in Italy, Part 1