Ability tests

Colour blindness test

You stand at about 3 meters from a circle with various points of different sizes and colours. The instructor indicates a point and you have to say the colour. In some cases they ask you to close one eye, so it can be tricky, especially for the smallest points. But the test is just to check if you are colour-blind, not to measure your acuteness of vision, so it doesn’t matter if you fail a few times.

Reaction time test

You sit on a chair with 2 pedals on the floor. One represents the accelerator and the other is the brake. In front of you there is a green light, and all you have to do is brake when the light turns red, then use the acceleratir pedal when the light turns green. Very easy!

Depth perception test

Basically you have to align a moving pin with a fixed one, by using forward and back buttons. In Bangkok you will have to pass this test, but not all provincial offices are equipped with this machine.

Are you aware of different kinds of tests? Did you take those tests and did you find them difficult? We would like to hear from you! Thank you for your help.

6 Comments on “Ability tests”

  1. Failed the reaction test. No explanation in understandable English. Didn’t know the purpose of the test or what to do. So there was a green light that turned red? Glad to know. Why wasn’t I told?

  2. Being amongst the roughly 8% of men who are red/green ‘colour blind’ this part of the ability rests caused me more concern than it would most. In the UK it isn’t (or at least wasn’t) tested for and I drove professionally for over 20 years.

    Upon application for my intitial 2 year temporary Thai license in Pattaya about twenty other applicants witnessed me fail to correctly identify the colour of enough of the small dots on a standard colour blindness test chart. I do feel that the shades of green, red and yellow weren’t really representative of those used on traffic signals but that’s what they used. Anyway after screaming at me “Don’t tell me that’s green” she failed me!

    Of course being Thailand I was free to return and try again the next day which I did. The same lady tested me as the previous day but by what must have been luck I named the colour of enough of the dots correctly enough to pass.

    I recently renewed my Thai Driving License at a quieter, upcountry location. At this place they used replica traffic lights which displayed shades of the colours true to real traffic signals. I passed without incident.

    So I would say to anyone else with the same condition just keep cool, try your best and if you fail return the next day or just try at another test center.

  3. Hei jeg lurer pa vis en bor i buriam kan en da fornye forerkorte i surin.
    Jeg var i pattaia forste gang og fik de for et ar de var test men jeg bomet pa den med den vite pinene va er de vordan skal en bruke de. Min kone var med ho ble sint sa til di dere ma forklare de bedre jeg fik ikke noe forklaring pa dette.Senere jeg kom til bake jeg fik de for 5 ar di husket meg sa jeg slap jeg klarte di andre testene ,Er de likt over alt i thailand eller .Jeg skal fornye de i 2020 august,Jeg spor vordan viker de med dise to vite pinene vordan jor en de. Kan dere forklare meg de.Og kan en ga vor som helst for eks vis en bor i buriam kan ga surin jeg haper pa posetiv svar

  4. Question I have a International Drivers Licence which covers it all MotorBike & Car MR,Jetski etc the lot.Im only interested in getting a Thai Bike licence.So the Test will only be the Eye Test is that correct im staying for 7 weeks in pattaya I have been told if i get invoice from my Hotel that im staying in pattaya plus a medical certificate .That is all I need to get the Licence is this correct.

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