Motorcycle Tests

Taking your motorcycle test with Cardiff Motorcycle School

What test do I need to take?

Moped and motorcycle tests consist of two separate parts - a theory test and a practical two module test and there are four categories of full licence to look at:  
  • Category AM - moped.
  • Sub-category A1 - light motorcycle licence, which restricts riders to any bike up to 125cc and a power output of 14.6bhp (11kW).
  • Sub-category A2 - medium motorcycle licence, which restricts riders to any bike up to 46.6bhp (35kw).
  • Category A - standard motorcycle licence.
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To book your motorcycle test with Cardiff Motorcycle School, or if you have any questions, please call us on,
029 2039 0329 or 0800 389 4358
Theory test

Taking your theory test

The first part of taking your test is the theory part. Everyone has to do it and there are no exceptions regardless of your age or how long you have had your Driving Licence. (However you do not need to take a theory test if you already hold a full licence for another category of motorcycle or have passed a moped test since 1 July 1996).

The theory has 50 multiple choice questions on the Highway Code and other general motoring matters, some of which will be to do with motorcycles. The pass mark is 43 out of the 50 questions. As part of the same test you will also have a hazard perception test, which will come in the form of 14, 1 minute clips of moving traffic, where you have to spot the developing hazard. You are scored on how early you see the hazard. You will have to gain 43 or more out of a possible 75 points.  

Things that will help you with your theory test: 
  • Have your own set of CDs for your PC.
  • Give yourself at least a week to revise.
  • REVISE is the key word. The only people that we find who do not pass their theory have not done their revision. 
Remember if you don't understand anything about what is required on the theory test contact us!

The theory test pass certificate is valid for two years. If you do not pass the practical test within this period you will need to re-take the theory test successfully.
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Taking your practical test

  • Category AM - the practical test can be taken on a moped.
  • Sub-Category A1 - the practical tests must be taken on a bike of between 120cc and 125cc.
  • Sub-Category A2 - the practical tests must be taken on a bike of at least 395cc and an engine power of at least 33bhp (25kw) not exceeding 46.6 (35kw) with a power to weight ratio not exceeding 0.2w/kg not derived from a vehicle more than double its power.


If you do not already hold a full motorcycle licence you may, after completing your CBT and passing the theory test, take the practical test on a motorcycle with a power output of at least 53.6 (40kW). A pass would then allow you to ride any bike. All or part of the CBT course may be taken on either a learner bike of a large bike. You may practise for the practical test on a large bike provided you:
  • Are accompanied AT ALL TIMES by an authorised Direct Access instructor who is riding another bike and in radio contact.
  • Wear fluorescent or reflective clothing.
  • Follow all other provisional licence restrictions.

If you already hold a full motorcycle licence and reach the age of 24 while still within the two year restricted period and wish to ride bikes larger than 46.6bhp (35kW), you may practice and take a further test on a large bike. The same test and practice conditions set out above for Direct Access riders apply AT ALL TIMES while you are riding a large bike. Although you revert to learner status while practising, test failure will not affect your existing motorcycle licence entitlement.
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