Been almost 2 months, I'm at my 11th Class 3 (manual) practical driving lesson already!


As mentioned in the previous post, this is the smartphone which learners like me use to sign in and out. Some instructors might not use it though. I know because I've been taught by 5 different instructors already!

2 of them are the ones fixed at Serangoon, 2 are from the Kovan office who temporarily took over because my instructor was ill, and 1 time when I went to Buangkok.

I found myself fond of the idea of getting taught by different instructors. There's an interesting mix of people! The super relax one, the one who whispers (had to ask him to repeat wdvr he said), the overly enthusiastic one, the strict one, the fun one. But at the end of the day, they're nice people with over 10 years of teaching experience. They answered my numerous queries and shared some of their personal stories.

Also mentioned in the previous post, this is the Training Record Book for attendance record and training content. For myself, it also includes the PDL, or the Provisional Driving Licence which allows me to learn to drive a Class 3 vehicle until a certain date.

This book records my progression so far. There are 3 modules in total that I'll have to complete; almost done with Module One!

My thoughts on driving up till now? Nerve wrecking. I've driven on actual roads around Punggol and Ubi, and from the circuit back to Serangoon. Although I've been praised for being a fast learner, I still face problems with my biting point and engine STILL stalls every lesson.

Booking of lesson online is also a headache. I once forgot to book my lessons for May! Online booking is open every 22nd of the month, from 6pm onwards. If you're late, chances are all the slots have been taken up. In that case, report to offices at Ubi or Kovan and request for them to put you on the waiting list. I requested for any time, any date, at any location. As long as someone cancels their lesson, they'll ring me! Be prepared to receive a call as early as at 8.30am though.

Each learner can cancel their lessons for free, up to 18 times. Subsequent cancellations are chargeable at $5.35 per lesson.



For the fees, here's how much I've paid so far learning at CDC:

Class 3 Enrollment Fees for Practical & Theory - $160.50
Provisional Driving Licence - $25
Practical Driving Lessons (inclusive GST & miscellaneous charge) - $70.62 x 7 (non-peak hours) + $79.18 x 4 (peak hours)
Pre-Booking of Future Practical Driving Lessons - $70.62 x 15

This is about all that I can remember, easily amount up $2k already. From old forum threads I've read, the fees seem to have went up as if the prices of COE isn't high enough. Some might prefer choosing private instructors that are less costly. I've been told that there won't be any more private driving instructors after this generation of them retire!

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  1. Hey Jong, if you have not taken your driving test yet, mastering the clutch (able to clutch and shift gear without looking down, etc) and being confident with it is extremely important if you want to pass the test.

    It will affect everything you do during the test, be it obstacles or out navigating the roads (e.g. doing a proper engine brake). One driving test tip is to understand how the gears and clutch work and visualise them. Over time, you get a much better feel and control of your car.

    But not to worry, because once you get it, you really get it and you will see a sudden improvement. Good luck! :)

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  2. Hi! Was wondering where would the pick up point for kovan learners be at?

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    1. Hello! For Kovan it's at the carpark next to the petrol station! :)

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  3. Googled about CDC Kovan and found your blog!
    Just went to CDC Kovan today and open account/register BTT (on Nov). Learning auto though. :)

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    1. Is the branch at Kovan available for registering and setting up an account ? Kind of a hassle to go all the way down to Ubi, which is the nearest by far as I'm living at Sengkang.

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  4. Hi!! I was just wondering if I open account and enroll thru the CDC at Kovan, will I have to do the theory tests at Ubi still?:)

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    1. Hello! Yes, you still take tests there! :) basically you still have to go back ubi in the end, enrolling at Kovan is just for the convenience of booking lessons that are not in ubi

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  5. Hi IISJONG,

    i've been reading your articles and it provided so much information. Thanks so much. May I know how to book the first PRACTICAL LESSON? Can I do it online? Do I need to top up my account? Also, the opening session once a month can only book for next month right? If i want to start Practical lesson right now, the only way is to report UBI like you did? Call or has to go to Ubi office? Sorry for so many questionss

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  6. Hi!! Since you are a school learner, are your instructor on each lesson fixed or randomly picked for you on the spot? :)

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  7. Hi Jong, pls share the rest of the training contents (no. 12-30) for MTV/ATV of the training record book. Just wondering what the entire modules entailed . Thanks.

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