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3. Case study test


In order to drive professionally you must also pass the driver CPC case study test (also known as the Driver CPC case study theory test - Step 2). Both the truck and the bus case study tests ask you to look at three real-life situations a professional driver might face.

Each case study test is computer-based and user-friendly, and works as follows:

  • you will be asked 15 questions on each of three real-life driver situations
  • to pass you must score at least 5 out of 15 in each situation and have an overall score of at least 28 out of 45.

You can prepare for the case study test by reading and learning the Rules of the Road. There are a wide range of official printed, digital and online learning materials available.

Case study test learning resources

To prepare for your case study test you should study the following:

The RSA also has approved Driver CPC Trainers who can help you pass the CPC case study test.

How to book your case study test

If you want to become a category C (CPC truck) or category D (CPC bus) driver you must pass a case study test.

You must have passed the Driver CPC theory test (Step 1) in the relevant category before you can sit your case study test.

You have the option to sit it at home or at any of the 40+ theory test centre locations nationwide. Please familiarise yourself with Covid-19 safety protocols before attending a theory test centre.

Learn more about taking your theory test at home.

If you're ready, you can go ahead and book your case study test online now. 


Book your case study test

Book, reschedule or cancel a CPC theory (case study) test

Rescheduling or cancelling your case study test

You can reschedule or cancel your case study test online.

You must submit your cancellation or rescheduling request at least five days before your test booking. These five days must include three working days.

Your case study test result

When you complete your case study test you will be given a score report. This will tell you whether you have passed or failed your test.

If you've passed

When you pass the case study test you are issued with a driver CPC case study test certificate. This is valid for up to two years. You should apply for a learner permit within that time. After two years the certificate will no longer be valid and you will have to pay for and sit the case study test again.

If you're unsuccessful

If you're unsuccessful at your case study test, you'll get a score report with feedback telling you where you went wrong. Pay attention to these areas as they will help with your revision and give you a better chance of passing next time.

You can book another case study test straight away, but you can't take it for another three clear working days.

Frequently asked questions

Yes. But we would not recommend this as the multiple choice theory test can take up to 3 hours to complete (depending on which theory test you have applied for) and the case study test takes 1.5 hours to complete. 

No. Once you have passed the theory test in the relevant category you can go ahead and apply for your learner permit straight away and take your case study test at a later time.  

No, but you must pass the case study test before you can apply for and complete the CPC walk around test.