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PC exam: advantages for learner drivers and driving schools

Article from newsletter issue 6, November 2009

On January 1, 2010, the PC exam will be introduced everywhere in Germany. Wegweiser asked the employee responsible for electronic student learning media at the Heinrich Vogel publishing house in Munich about the importance of the media change for learner drivers and driving schools.


Theoretical driving license test on the PC (Image: Verlag Heinrich Vogel)


What does the 1: 1 implementation, i.e. the use of the previous pool of questions in the PC test, mean for driving schools?

Learner drivers should continue to study with the paper questionnaires, but also practice on the PC to get used to them so that they do not experience any nasty surprises during the test. For learning with paper sheets, there is, in addition to the classic questionnaires for at home, the so-called PC Quick Check, which gives the student a feel for the PC exam with five official exam simulations.

Do driving schools now have to get a large number of computers?

Experience has shown that driving schools usually get along very well with one or two computers for the purpose of preliminary testing. The number of computers required is of course also dependent on the number of students, the size of the classrooms and the opening times.

With the introduction of the PC exam, students who are already used to learning on the PC will mostly want to use electronic learning products. What options are available to the student?

As a publisher, it was important for us to develop a development that is adapted to the needs of students and at the same time brings advantages for the driving school that were unthinkable with sheets of paper. Neither major changes nor major investments are necessary. In short, learning media that the student uses on their hardware at home.

What is different when practicing with electronic learning media than with traditional sheets of paper?

With the classic print sheet you quickly reach your limits due to the official structure. With the paper sheets from the past, every student started right away with the right exam simulations. That was demotivating - both for the good and for the learner poor student. At the latest on sheet number 40, you gave up because many questions were repeated. This all helped memorize the questions and the template. In the electronic world, of course, you have completely different ways of leading the student to the point of examination.

How can you encourage the student to properly study and then actually understand the exam questions?

When developing the electronic student learning media, our publishing house has based itself on the driving learner training regulations and with DRIVING LERNEN MAX - consisting of a textbook and online access - has developed a learning system that leads the student from easy to difficult. We have divided all official exam questions into easy, medium and difficult. At the beginning of the training, the student first practices with the easy questions, with which he quickly gains a sense of achievement. As soon as the student has mastered the easy questions, the moderately difficult and then the difficult exam questions are presented to him. Each level is also divided into small steps in order not to present the student with "chunks" that are too large. Repetitions of the incorrectly answered and marked questions help to deepen the knowledge. This results in an individual learning program for each student. We call this method “Guided Learning Path”.

What follows after the guided learning path?

Now comes what we have so far given our students in print form when they register: the official exam simulations - of course based on the official model. Incidentally, these exams mainly consist of the questions that the student got wrong in the guided learning path. Thanks to the PC exam, we can now deal with the learning difficulties of the students in a completely different way than before.

Electronic usually also means mobile

Students with access authorization can study anywhere they have an Internet connection - at home, in the school's computer room, with friends and possibly even in the driving school. The learning status is stored centrally. The learning system can also be used on Palm devices and cell phones.

What does the driving school get out of it?

It is there: The statistics can be used to understand what level of learning the student is and where his weaknesses are. This information is also available to the driving instructor in the car via his PDA. In this way he can respond to the student even more specifically. There are also overall statistics for all learner drivers. The driving school can thus automatically read which topics or test questions are difficult for their learner drivers. These weak points of the pupils are transmitted directly to the PC-Professional teaching program. In this way, the driving school can set appropriate priorities in lessons.

What to do if the student does not have internet access?

For the students without internet there is a LERNEN LERNEN MAX USB stick. The tutorial is the same as LEARN TO DRIVE MAX online. The program and learning status are saved on the USB stick. The student can also use his stick on the go and connect it to different PCs for learning without installation.