General Listening Quiz

“Driving Road Test”

Level: Topic: Speakers: Length:
medium driver education two men 02:08

Pre-Listening Exercise

What are some basic rules of the road you need to know when taking a road test to obtain a driver’s license in your country? How about where you live now? Think about topics such as parking, speeding, passing, yielding the right of way, and obeying traffic signs and signals.


cut someone off” = pull in front of someone
The instructor failed me because I cut someone off on the highway.”

fender bender” = very minor car accident
The slick roads caused a number of fender benders this morning.”

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

The man has been practicing for his road test _____.

Mr. Smith: Oh. I know I'm ready. I've been practicing in my driveway all week.

In what part of town do they begin the road test?

Driving Officer: Whoa! Take it easy. The speed limit in this business district is only 25 miles an hour. [Oh]. All right. Now, turn right at the next corner . . . [This corner?] Na, not here! Wow! You forgot to signal too!

What was the situation with the vehicle in front of them?

Driving Officer: No! And, uh, watch out. Mr. Smith. Now you're tailgating the vehicle in front of us.

Mr. Smith almost hit ____ in the road.

Driving Officer: Okay. Now carefully, CAREFULLY turn right here, and wait, wait, WAIT . . .STOP!! You almost hit that pedestrian .

The driving officer suggests that Mr. Smith _____.

Driving Officer: Look, Mr. Smith. Could you do me a favor? When you come back to take the test again, plan on coming on Friday. Mr. Smith: Again? Why? Is it less crowded that day? Driving Officer: No. It's my day off.

Vocabulary Practice

Do the vocabulary quizzes with the words from the conversation for more practice:

Post-Listening Exercise

Listen again and identify the possible mistakes or careless behavior Mr. Smith committed during his driving test. What are the possible consequences of each action? What should you know before selecting a driving school (e.g., cost, length of course, safety record, etc.)? Shop around on the Internet for the best course based on your needs.

Online Investigation

What are the possible advantages of taking a drivers education course online instead of attending a traditional driving school? Go online and collect information on the cost, types of classes available, and the length of time it takes to complete such courses.