The GI test is the only Ontario driving test you need to become a licensed driver. Passing the G1 test is a major accomplishment, and it is a sign that you are ready to start driving on your own.

This link will take you to a G1 rules practice test that can help you get a great score on your first test attempt.

Why Must You Take the G1 test?

The G1 test is a required part of the graduated licensing system in Ontario. The graduated licensing system is designed to help new drivers develop their skills and knowledge gradually over time.

The G1 test is the first step in the system, and it is important to pass the test in order to progress to the next level of licensing.

The test covers a variety of topics related to driving safety, and it will help you learn the rules of the road. This knowledge will make you a safer driver. Also, most insurance companies in Ontario will not insure drivers who do not have a G1 license. This means that if you want to drive, you need to pass the G1 test.

Things to Note About the G1 Test

Here are a few things you should know about the G1 test while preparing for it:


To take the G1 test, you must have the following:

  • A passport
  • Immigration papers
  • Permanent resident card
  • Canadian citizenship card
  • Proof of residence
  • Record of landing


There are a total of 40 questions in these tests; however, they are usually split into two sections of 20 questions each. The first section focuses on the traffic sign, while the other quizzes you about the rules of the road. The passing score for each test is 80%.

Since the questions are mostly basic, you should have no problem meeting this score. However, if you only meet the passing score for one section and score immensely on the other section, it would still be counted as a fail.


Getting your G1 done is quick and easy. You only need to book a spot at your local driving test centre. You'll be given a ticket and asked to wait.

When it's your turn, you'll get some paperwork, and then you'll be asked to provide some ID. Most centres will conduct an eye exam to verify your eyesight. Being on the road requires you to have good eyesight.

Thereafter, you can proceed to the exam hall and take your test. You should spend an average of 30 minutes on this test.


If you're paying for the first time, you'll be charged a flat $158.25. This fee covers the exam and your practical driving assessment for your G2 license.

However, if you're retaking the test, you'll be charged $16. You can either pay in cash or with your card.

Success rate

The G1 test is pretty basic. The majority of the knowledge you need for this test was given to you in middle school. So, the chances of you failing this stage are slim. However, if you are not successful in your first attempt, you're allowed to try again until you pass. You can either retake the test immediately (for a $16 fee) or reschedule it for another day.

After you bag the G1 license, you'd have to wait 12 months before attempting the G2 license exam.

Rules for G1 Drivers

You're allowed to drive when you get your G1 license. However, there are a few rules you must keep in mind. Here are a few:

  • You cannot drive alone.
  • You cannot drive between 12:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m.
  • All seatbelts in the car must be functional.
  • Your speed must be below 80 km/h if you have to drive on any 400-series highway.
  • You're only allowed to drive when your blood-alcohol level is zero.

Wrapping Up

In Ontario, the G1 test is like a rite of passage into the world of driving. Every driver is mandated to take it. Passing the test on your first attempt is easy. A little preparation would save you the extra $16 for a retake.