Strike One-Italian Drivers License
Warning: Angry and Disappointed post (I am mostly angry and disappointed in myself.)
Yesterday I failed my first attempt at the oral theory exam for my Italian driver’s license. I chose to take the oral examination versus the written one because I believed it would be easier. Sharon passed the oral exam on her first try; I was hoping to do the same; no luck this time.
The Italian DMV in Torino is understaffed and so one examiner gives the oral exams to two candidates at a time. I was given an appointment time of 8 a.m., when I got to the DMV it wasn’t even open. There was a sign stating that the gates opened at 8:30 a.m. and by chance someone came around at 8:15 let us all in. I was the first name called, after me was a young man from Romania who was to be my co-examinee. He was under the instruction of a driving school and I was not. With Demetrio helping me, I was hoping not to have to enroll in a driving school and spend the money.
The exam started with the examiner showing us a card with various traffic scenarios. We had to decide on the order of precedence that each car was to take at an intersection. I got three of the answers wrong during this part of the exam and I was told I had to go; I had failed. I am not sure how many were questions I was going to be asked. I had studied street signs, road signs and other signs I might encounter on the highway, rules of the road and basic first aid; but never got to any questions about those topics. The examiner told me that I could take the test again in one month and one day’s time. Therefore, I went upstairs to try to book my next appointment but they told me that they were very short of examiners at the time and I would not be able to book my next oral exam. A bit frustrated, I left with my head down. I felt like I had been kicked in the stomach.
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