TEACHERS DRIVING ACADEMY
If you wish to go on an EARLIER ROAD TEST than you booked today, please follow the instructions below:
1. FINISH all your requirements a MINIMUM of 14 days before your eligibility date to test.
(i.e. lessons, classes, parent class, & paid in full)
2. ONCE this is DONE, go back on our website and click the link to "'Request an earlier Road Test date"
3. Fill out all the boxes in the form and submit it to us that day.
4. We will put you on a 'wait list' and move you up to an earlier road test (*Make sure you use an email that you will check and read on a weekend. We organize the test on the weekends and will email you to confirm you can go on the earlier date. YOU MUST RESPOND to the road test coordinator to accept the spot and be put on an earlier test.)
Q. When am I eligible to take a Massachusetts road test?
A. You are eligible to take a road test after you have had a permit for 6 months of incident-free driving (no at-fault crashes or moving violations). HOWEVER, the RMV will not allow you to go for an alternative road test until at least 14 days AFTER your 6 months anniversary date. YOU MUST FINISH EVERYTHING 21 DAYS BEFORE THE ROAD TEST DATE YOU SELECTED.
Q. So I want to book a road test with TDA; What is the earliest date I can pick?
A. The earliest date you can pick is at least 14 days AFTER your 6 months anniversary date of having your permit. Example: Permit issued on January 2. Your 6 months anniversary date is July 2. Now, add 14 days...The earliest date you are eligible to book is any date after July 16.
Q. When does the TDA offer road testing sponsorship?
A. The TDA offers a road test on Saturday's OR Sunday's but all testing is subject to RMV availability. The RMV will provide examiners to come to our site and conduct road testing based upon availability. The RMV dicates what day the test will be on usually the week before the test.
Q. Can I book my own road test with the RMV?
A. Yes you can. However, you will have to go during normal business hours of Monday through Friday with a sponsor that has a middle emergency brake for the examiner to grab in event of an emergency.
Q. Why would I want to take my test with the TDA on the weekend?
A. First off, you don't have to miss school and can take your test on a weekend. You will arrive about 1 ½ hrs before your scheduled test time so we can have other teachers giving you a warm-up lesson. This will familiarize you with the vehicle again and actually take a practice test and observe other students practicing their road test. Also, on weekends, there is much less traffic in the area which helps bring down the level of anxiety each teen has on test day.
****IMPORTANT: DO NOT SCHEDULE A ROAD TEST WITH THE RMV ON YOUR OWN IF YOU PLAN ON GOING FOR A TDA TEST. JUST USE THE LINK ON OUR WEBSITE TO SCHEDULE YOUR ROAD TEST (WE SCHEDULE IT FOR YOU!) THE RMV WILL NOT ALLOW YOU TO HAVE TWO (2) APPOINTMENTS. THIS WILL RESULT IN THE RMV REMOVING YOU FROM YOUR TEST WITH THE TDA.*****
Q. Where does the TDA offer testing?
A. Currently, the RMV comes to one of our licensed locations to conduct testing. At this time, we are conducting testing in Mansfield. This area is rural and a geographically good area to conduct testing with minimal traffic impact.
Q. How long in advance to I have to book my road test?
A. You must have completed ALL your driver’s education requirements and be paid in full 21 (twenty one) days prior to your requested weekend test. If you are not paid in full for your driving lessons and your drivers education certificate fee by lesson #10, your paperwork will be held up and will cause a delay in you obtaining your license. (Example: If your are eligible for your license on September 22, 2018, the earliest you could go with us for the test would be October 6, 2018. Remembering the rule now in effect by the RMV, you will want to have all your requirements completed by September 15, 2018.)
Q. Why did the RMV change the rules on having to be done earlier?
A. The RMV changed the process of how alternative road testing is conducted. They also charge us, the driving school, a $20 convenience fee for each student that takes a test with us on a weekend. We pay the ‘convenience fee’, not you. The RMV needs to time to process your driver’s education certificate and schedule road test examiners. Without the certificate being processed by them, you cannot schedule a road test on your own or with the TDA. That’s the reason for having to complete your requirements 14 days prior.
Q. What is the fee for taking the alternative road test with the TDA?
A. The TDA fee for alternative road testing is $125. This fee is non-refundable. This includes the sponsorship, the use of TDA vehicle, and warm-up lesson before testing. Mansfield/Foxboro area students will meet at designated location in Mansfield. (*Hopkinton/Ashland area student: also includes shuttle service from Hopkinton High School to test site and drop off back at high school. Norwood, Dover-Sherborn, Millis, Walpole area student: also includes shuttle service from Coakley Middle School, Norwood to test site and drop off back at the school.) The fee for TDA driver's ed student re-takes in the event of a previous failure with TDA is $75.
SATURDAY ROAD TESTING IS RESERVED FOR TDA STUDENTS ONLY AT THIS TIME.
Q. How do I sign up for my alternative road test?
A. There is a link ‘schedule my road test’ on our website. Fill out the form in its’ entirety and correctly. Click ‘submit’ and this will put you on our schedule for the requested weekend. You (even if its 6 months from now, sign up today and reserve your spot..don't wait till the end) We take care of notifying the RMV and putting you on the list.
Q. I’ve scheduled by road test..Is there anything else I need to do?
A. Yes. If you haven’t PREPAID the RMV for your license and road test appointment fee, you must do this immediately. You must call 857-368-8000 and state "ROAD TEST" OR PAY IT ONLINE @ https://www.massrmv.com/payroadtest. You can then use the automated system to pay the fee to the RMV. The RMV will charge your $85 FOR YOUR FIRST TIME LICENSE. You will have to pay this fee whether you go with us or go during the week on your own. As of March 26, 2018, the RMV will NOT ALLOW any student to take a weekend test if they have not been paid..DO IT TODAY if you didn't pay when you got your permit.
We HIGHLY RECOMMEND you pay the additional $50 for your drivers’ license and $35 road test appointment scheduling fee AT THE TIME YOU PAY FOR YOUR PERMIT. Tell the clerk you want to pay these fees as well as for the permit. The total will cost you $115 ($30 permit AND $85 First time license fee). You CAN NOW PAY THIS ONLINE...SEE ABOVE...This will get credited to your permit number and you will not have to wait hours on the phone later when you are going for your road test. You are going to pay them the fee in 6 months, so you are just giving them the money now and saving hours of frustration at a later date.
Q. How do I know what time my test will be?
A. You will receive an email from the TDA (to the email you registered with for your test) WEDNESDAY EVENING before the exam date. This will have your scheduled test time and necessary arrival time or pick-up time (*Hopk/Ash area students OR *Norwood area students).
Q. What do I need to bring to the test?
A. You will need your permit (Non-laminated and legible) and a properly and legibly completed application form in PEN that is signed by you and your parent/guardian who authorizes you to obtain your license. (link for license application: MASS RMV LICENSE APPLICATION You MUST have already paid online the $125 to book the road test.
Q. How do I make payment for the test?
A. You must pay online for the road test fee. The fee for booking an optional road test with TDA is non-refundable.
Q. Unfortunately, I failed my test. When can I go again?
A. If you happen to fail the test, you can go home and immediately email us to request another test. We will get you on the next available test possible. (THIS iS THE ONLY EXCEPTION TO THE 21 DAY RULE..ALL FIRST TIME TESTERS, MUST ADHERE TO THE 21 DAY RULE**) Unfortunately, the RMV will not allow you to go for your test the following weekend. In the event of a failure, email the SAME DAY requesting another test.
***The RMV is going to charge you an additional $35 road test appointment fee. You must get on the phone the following Monday ( 857-368-8000 ) OR PAY IT ONLINE @ https://www.massrmv.com/payroadtest and prepay the RMV that $35 AGAIN (and every time if you should fail) to ensure you are 'prepaid' for the Saturday test. You DO NOT have to pay for your license fee again. The TDA fee for drivers ed students on retakes is $75. This must be paid online in advance.
Q. What should I wear for my test?
A. First impressions make a difference. Dress appropriately and show the examiner that you’re ready to have your license and responsible enough to be out on your own. No hats, pajamas, and DO NOT wear sandals or flip-flops during driving lessons and especially on test day. Let's show the examiner that you mean business and you're ready!
***DUE TO OVERWHELMING DEMAND, YOU ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO SIGN UP FOR AN ALTERNATIVE ROAD TEST AS SOON AS YOU KNOW THE DATE YOU WANT TO GO...DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE MINIMUM 21 DAY REQUIREMENT AS SPOTS ARE FILLING QUICKLY AND WE ARE ONLY ALLOWED A SPECIFIED NUMBER OF STUDENTS WHEN AVAILABLE.***
WE STRONGLY SUGGEST YOU BOOK YOUR LICENSE TEST WITH TDA AS SOON AS YOU OBTAIN YOUR LEARNER'S PERMIT. WHEN YOU BOOK AT TEST WITH TDA, YOU WILL GET AN EMAIL BACK WITHIN MINUTES..IF YOU DON'T GET THE EMAIL, YOUR TEST REQUEST DID NOT GO THROUGH!
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