Driver Education FAQ
Who can take the Knowledge Test?
If you are under 15 ½ and completed a driver education course, you are eligible to take the written knowledge test immediately. If you are 15 ½ or older you can take the test even if you are not enrolled in a driver education course. Passing the written knowledge test at 15 ½ or older allows you to purchase an Instruction Permit.
¿Quién puede tomar la examen de conocimiento? Usted es elejible para hacer el exam a la edad de 15 ½ o mayor aunque no este en uno de los cursos de eduaction de manejo. Si usted tiene 15 ½ de edad oh menos, pero a pasado la clase de education de manejo , es elegible para tomar el examen de conocimiento imedatamente durante nuestras horas de oficina.
If I fail the Knowledge Test, when can I retake it?
You may retake immediately on the same day, but the last test is given 45 minutes prior to closing time. Or come back another day during our Knowledge Testing days/times.
Si no pase el examen de conocimiento cuando lo piuedo hacer otra ves?
Usted puede tomar el examen ese mismo dia imediatamente, el ultimo examen lo damos 45 minutos antes de cerar la officina.
Do I need to make an appointment to take the Knowledge Test?
No, walk-ins are welcome. No appointment is necessary for the Knowledge Test.
In what languages is the Knowledge Test available?
The Knowledge Test is available in English, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Vietnamese, and Spanish.
What happens after I pass the Knowledge Test?
Upon passing the Knowledge Test, you are eligible to take the Skills Drive Test at any driving school that offers the test as a service. M.A. Driving School does not offer the driving test.
Am I enrolled in driver ed at M.A. Driving School when I complete the submission form?
To be enrolled, we must have received payment and the required driver education forms. You can print off these forms here.
Can I be late for my driver ed class or leave my driver ed class early?
No. All students need to arrive on time and be present for the full class period. If you know you will be more than 5 minutes late, consider it to be an absence. Washington state has strict requirements for driver education school programs. M.A. Driving School is bound to adhere to all WA State requirements.
Can I miss a class? How do I make-up a class?
Yes, you may miss up to three classes; however, all missed classes must be made up. Make-up dates are entered on your online account when attendance is taken the following day during business hours. You can view your make-up dates by logging into your online account and viewing your itinerary. Upon your teens return from an absence, your teen will also see the makeup date listed on his/her class sign-in sheet. All make-up class dates are approximately three weeks ahead of your teen's absence. If you fail to be present at a make-up class date, a fee of $20 will apply for an additional make-up date. This fee must be paid before we issue another makeup date.
When is my make up class?
Sign into your M.A. online account to view your class schedule and make up classes. Make up classes are updated daily online during business hours only. You can also view the column titled make up class dates on your student record form, the sheet you sign in on for class each session.
Be advised, if you are in the M/W class session your class makeup date(s) will be with the T/TH class session. If you are in the T/TH class session your class makeup date(s) will be with the M/W class session.
How do I complete driver education once the course has ended and I still have incomplete items?
Email email@example.com with your name, original course start date, and the best phone number or email to us to reply. Please Note: You may be subject to additional fees if you have exceeded (90 days) allotted for course completion as per our policies and guidelines for students enrolled from May 2013 to present. Our late fees are as follows:
Make-up class lessons are $20 per lesson.
Make-up BTW lessons are $60 per drive.
There is no fee to make-up the Driver Ed Class Final Test. No appointment is needed to take this test, come in Monday or Wednesday only at 4:30 pm sharp. Be advised as to our closed dates due to holidays.
When do I have to have my behind-the-wheel drives completed?
Your first three behind-the-wheel drives should be completed before your last classroom lesson (lesson #15). All five of your drives must be completed within 90 days from your first classroom lesson. This date is also given to you on your first day of class. Incomplete behind-the-wheel lessons are $60 each. Incomplete classroom lessons are $20 each.
When are my drives?
Sign into your M.A. student account to register for drives and to view your drive schedule. You will need to enter your driver permit # and the expiration date in order to schedule. M.A. recommends you memorize your driver permit # as it will be your driver license # once you are licensed.
I cant login into my old account?
DO NOT CREATE A NEW ACCOUNT! YOU WILL BE CHARGED A $5 ONLINE ACCOUNT FEE.
We will have to re-activate your account: upon your request via email or by phone during our business hours.
My account is asking for my permit info what do I do?
Have your permit handy when you log into your account to schedule drives because to view BTW Course Periods, you will be asked to enter your permit number and expiry date. You will need to do this in order to schedule drives. Your permit number is located on the upper right of your permit and begins with the first few letters of your last name. Also, remember to bring your permit to every BTW drive appointment: No permit = No drive plus a $50 reschedule fee.
My username isn't working.
Your username is your Teen's first letter of their name, middle initial, last name, birth month, and birthdate (all lower case). (EXAMPLE: mnsmith0515). Still, having trouble logging in? Please contact us during our business hours listed on the website via text, email, or phone and we will be happy to assist you.
My password isn't working.
You can reset your password through the forgot password link on the homepage under the login/sign-in. Just follow directions.
I'm still unable to login.
There may be a typo in your username or password. Email your concern to M.A. at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will correct the problem and reset your password to the student's name in this format: jenny.smith. You may change this password at any time. We will make every effort to reply regarding your concern within 24 hours. Please note our business hours. Account concerns are addressed during business hours. Thank you for your patience.
How do I go about scheduling private drive?
If you have completed a driver education course or are 17 ½ or older and would like additional instruction before taking the Drive Skills Test, you can do Private Lessons at M.A. Driving School. Private lessons are available for any driver needing additional instruction with a WA-certified instructor. For your safety and the safety of others, we encourage those who have not completed Driver Education to do Private Drive lessons prior to attempting the Drive Skills Test.
Private Drives are $60/hour (cash/check) plus a one-time required $5 scheduling fee. We recommend scheduling five 1-Hour Private Drive lessons. You must have a current WA Driver Permit to schedule Private Drive Lessons.
To schedule Private Drives:
- If you haven't taken driver ed with us (or were our student prior to June 26, 2014) you must first create an online account at madriving.com. If you already have an online account, contact us to reactivate it.
- When completing the online account form, once you've select your school, click on the Available Packages list and select One, Two, Three, Four or Five Private Drive Lessons.
- You can now pay for your drives with a credit card online or pay cash/check at M.A. during business hours.
- Complete and submit the Private Drive Policies & Guidelines form and a Behind the Wheel Card. These can be retrieved on our website under the Resources tab or at M.A. during business hours.
- Schedule your drives online by logging into your account and selecting 2016/2017 Course Periods to view available times. Enter your permit# and expiry date. Using the calendar, select a 1-hr drive time for each of your drives.
- Bring your valid permit to every drive lesson, it's the law.. You may not drive with an expired permit.
- Arrive prepared and on time for your Private Drive Lessons.