Passing the SAAQ Theoretical Test on the First Try

September 21, 2023
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As the owner of a driving school in Quebec, I’ve had the privilege of guiding thousands of students on their journey to obtain their driver’s license. One of the critical steps in this journey is the SAAQ theoretical test. Today, I will share with you my most valuable tips for passing this exam on the first attempt. 


1. Understand the Test Format

Before diving into revisions, it’s essential to understand the test format. The SAAQ theoretical test consists of multiple-choice questions focusing on road rules, road signs, and driving behaviors. You’ll have a limited time to answer all the questions, so ensure you manage your time well.

Type of Questions

The test mainly consists of multiple-choice questions. Each question offers several answers, but only one of them is correct. It’s crucial to read each option carefully before making your choice.

Topics Covered

Road Rules: These questions assess your knowledge of various rules to follow when driving, whether in the city, on the highway, or under specific conditions (rain, snow, etc.).

Road Signs: Here, you’ll be tested on your ability to recognize and understand different road signs you might encounter.

Driving Behaviors: These questions aim to evaluate your understanding of good driving practices, road courtesy, and reflexes to adopt in unexpected or dangerous situations.

Test Duration: The test is timed. You’ll have a specific amount of time to answer all the questions. It’s essential to manage your time well. If you come across a challenging question, don’t spend too much time on it. Move on to the next and come back to it if necessary.

Answering Strategy

Even if you’re unsure of an answer, it’s better to make a choice than to leave a question unanswered. There’s no penalty for a wrong answer, so take a shot!


2. Use Official Resources

The SAAQ provides candidates with a variety of resources to prepare. The “Learning to Drive” guide is a must-read. Ensure you read it carefully and understand each section. Additionally, the SAAQ website offers practice tests that simulate the actual exam format. Take advantage of them!


3. Plan Your Revisions

Don’t underestimate the importance of good planning. Set up a revision schedule and stick to it. Divide the guide’s chapters over several days or weeks, depending on your availability. This prevents information overload and aids memorization.


4. Create Revision Cards

Revision cards are an excellent way to condense information. Note down key points, road signs, and essential rules. Review these cards regularly, especially the night before the exam. Use your driving school lessons to start creating your cards. Being immersed in learning, you’ll be able to distinguish crucial information from less relevant details. Moreover, instructors often provide tips or mnemonic devices to remember certain rules.


5. Practice with Mock Tests

Put yourself in a real-life situation by taking mock tests. This will help you identify your weak points and manage your stress. After each test, analyze your mistakes and review the corresponding sections of the guide.


6. Maintain Good Lifestyle Habits

A good night’s sleep before the exam is crucial. Avoid caffeine or any other stimulants that might disrupt your sleep. Additionally, a balanced diet will boost your concentration.


7. On the Day, Stay Calm

Stress is the number one enemy during an exam. Take deep breaths, read the questions carefully, and trust your revisions. If you’re unsure of an answer, move on to the next question and come back to it later.


8. Post-Exam: Analyze Your Results

Even if you’ve followed all these tips, you might not pass on the first try. Don’t get discouraged! Analyze your mistakes, identify sections to review, and try again.



Passing the SAAQ theoretical test on the first try is entirely achievable with proper preparation. As a driving school owner, I can assure you that the key to success lies in good organization, a deep understanding of the guide, and effective stress management. Good luck to everyone, and don’t hesitate to contact us for any questions or additional training needs!