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What is a CBT Test?


Tom Baker · April 18, 2018

A common question people ask us is "What is a CBT test?". In this article we explain everything you need to know.

What do I need to take the CBT test?

With RideTo, the price of CBT test training includes the motorcycle hire, equipment and insurance. All you must have is a valid UK licence, either a full driving licence or a provisional licence. If you have a European licence, you must complete and send a D9 form from . Gov website here. Other than that, you need to wear suitable clothing including boots and jeans, and bring a positive attitude to learn!

What does the CBT test involve?

A CBT test training consists of 5 parts of training that is progressively completed through the day.

Element A consists of an introduction and eye test. This involves all the basics of motorcycling, and everything you need to know for the day. Make sure to bring your glasses or contact lenses if you wear them as you will need to read a registration plate at a distance of 20 meters. This also includes :

  • Objectives of completing the CBT test
  • Reinforcing your understanding of the Highway Code to a good level
  • Understanding the importance of using good motorcycle equipment and clothing
  • Understanding the legal requirement to riding

Element B is onsite training where you learn in depth the various controls on a motorcycle and how to use them. This includes :

  • Familiarity with the different motorcycle or scooter controls.
  • Using the motorcycle stands to safely park your bike
  • Demonstrating proper balance and bringing the motorcycle to a complete stop.
  • Carrying out basic maintenance checks
  • Starting and stopping the engine

Cbt test trainee riding through cones

Element C is on site riding where you will be taught practical riding skills using useful manoeuvres around your training grounds. This includes :

  • Riding in a straight line
  • Riding in a slow and controlled manner
  • Using both brakes
  • Changing gears
  • Riding a figure of eight
  • Carrying out emergency braking
  • Carrying out U-turns
  • Carrying out rear observation
  • Riding out bends safely

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Element D is on road training where you will be briefed on good practices for on road riding and how to minimise the risk of the various dangers facing learner riders. This includes :

  • Your visibility on the road
  • Riding at the correct speeds, road positioning and distance between other vehicles according to traffic and road conditions.
  • Using rear observation
  • Learning to anticipate danger and riding defensively.

Element E is the final element of the CBT test course and is where you will demonstrate your ability to ride safely on the road. This includes :

  • Navigating junctions, roundabouts, pedestrian crossings, bends, obstructions and traffic light to a good level.
  • Your ability to independently ride

You must be also be able to complete the following exercises :

  • Carrying out a U-turn
  • Emergency braking and bring the motorcycle to a complete stop.

Do I have to do anything else besides a CBT test before I can ride a 125cc bike?

No, all you have to is complete your CBT test training and demonstrate that you have the ability to be a safe rider on the road. Once you have a CBT test certificate, you can ride a bike of up to 125cc with L plates. At this stage you also have option of completing your AM, A1, A2 or A licence depending on your age and level of experience. You can read more about the different licences here. You might also want to check out our article on the top bikes to ride on a CBT in 2018.

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This information is given to you as a guide to support you in your choice of licence and RideTo has made every attempt to ensure the accuracy and reliability of the information provided about motorcycle licence and training requirements. However, RideTo cannot guarantee the information is up to date, correct and complete and is therefore provided on an "as is" basis only. RideTo accepts no liability whatsoever for any loss or damage howsoever arising. We recommend that you verify the current licence and training requirements by checking the DVSA website.