Well I now join the ranks of those who failed their test first time around. I took my MSF course over this past weekend and the test was at the end. I didn't do anything unsafe and learned a lot in the class. I actually took a curve too slow (lost 5 out of 11 max points there). Then I was docked 3 points because my wheel touched(barely)the white line going around a sharp curve while accelerating. The space between the lines was one foot... grrr. I guess I didn't accelerate fast enough .. another 3 points. What sealed my fate was the controlled stop on a curve... I had never missed this one all weekend.. did it perfect every time. On the test I ended outside the line when I stopped..3 more points....so ok I need a little more practice.. no problem. I am fine with that but what did bother me was what happened next.
When I made that last mistake the instructor asked me to leave the bike right there as I was not allowed to drive it over to the others. Really!!!! I still had me learners permit... I wasn't unsafe in any act.... Why do the rules call for humiliation ontop of disappointment??????? The instructors were very nice, truly were sorry i didn't pass and assured me i was a good rider and would be great. I felt so disconnected at that point. Everyone who had already finished, encouraged me. I just packed up my stuff and left.
I guess I don't understand why they don't just let you finish and give you your results with everyone else. I know the major reason I failed is because I get super nervouse during tests, when people are watching me. I did all those moves perfect many times over the weekend. Humiliation is not a motivational tool... just makes you feel like crap..
I have every intention of passing next time...