Germany Fuhrerschein – I pass my theoretical exam for my driving license
A week and a half ago when I passed my B1 class I mentioned that I will be taking my driver license test for Germany in which was today. Tell me why all yesterday and this morning I was telling myself I am going to fail big time because the test is consist of 30 questions in which are offer to be taking in English or German. I picked English to make it easier on my brain plus my beautiful friend from Berlin told me it is best to take it in English has for one question the possibility of up to three answers. Which as any where from 2-5 points depending on the importance of the question. You can pass by 10 points wrong but if you have two big questions that are worth 5 points and a total of 10 you automatically fail. The logic is silly to me but that is the theoretical test rule here.
So after telling myself and my husband how much I am going to fail today I actually pass with 100%. I woke up early and restudy the questions I continue messing up on to make sure it at least sank in my head. I needed to hurry this morning to take the bus to the test center. In a hurry I think I broke my pinky toe. I heard it crack loud during the impact to the wall when walking. It has been over 4 hours and it is still killing the dickens out of me. I plan to go to the doctor tomorrow to see what is the damage. I grabbed my notebook with all the notes I took and my sticky papers. When I study I have sticky papers all over the house so where ever I go I am constantly working my brain and not totally relaxing it. Wobble off the bus to find the center. Waited and chat a bit with the other people who was also nervously awaiting to take their test.
The door opened and a man came out to introduce himself. He let us in the room as we gather in a line. The room was fill with flat screen moveable computers on the desk. I thought how cool. I was thinking it was going to be like the state and have desktop computers. He took my passport and told me where to sat. I sat down and my name was on the mobile computer. I smiled and checked that my name was spelled correctly and immediately pray that the test goes well in my favor. Now that does not always work but it never hurts to pray. Before starting the guy/instructor told us what to do in German. Thank goodness I understood him or I would be gazing into the ceiling of confusion scratching my head.
As I was taking the test I still had a bit of an anxiety that I felt like I needed to vomit. I get this feeling all the time around testing time. This is why I never eat before any test. Well not true. I did once and lets say the test was colorful afterward. So once I was done testing the machine said to wait for instructor to come over. He never came over. So I am telling myself how I fail terrible. These darn multiple answer test. Cussing in my head I hear the instructor calling out my name for me to come up. I am wobbling and biting my lips. He gave me a paper. I looked at it like okay. So I said to him, “I failed”? He laughed and said, “no you pass”. You made 0 failure. I was like what. Scream and hugged him while the class laughed. I had to tell them I apologize. I was so excited and still am. Why must I always stress myself out on tests? I been doing this since I was young. I never believe in me but others always. Even John said this morning before he kiss me on my forehead good bye, as I was rambling through my notes, he know that I will pass. He never have to worry about me and tests.
Now to rewind and fast forward. A man had a speaker on during the test. It was loud enough to echo in the room. He lied and said it was a radio. The instructor told him it is not and it does not matter everything was suppose to be turn off. He has failed his test. A few people was laughing I only shook my head and told myself I must concentrate. Now fast forward When I learned that I have past I asked the instructor what now do I need to do. He told me to take my paper to a driving school it is now time for me to practice. I told him, “I don’t thinks so, I am an American.” He said he know he seen my passport and everyone started to laugh. When I left I said to myself wow, I must sounded like a snob. Yuck! I know that being an American does not make life easier or give me any special privilege. Since I been here I have to work hard just to get my life on track as it once was in the State. So instead of trying to explained to him I went straight home and call the TUV. They told me the same and I explained to them the reciprocity law and they told me to go to the Amt that I initially went to before them. Immediately I got off the telephone I walked to the Amt and showed them I have pass for me to exchange my American license with my German one. They had it already waiting for me. I signed my paperwork and left with a smile. Now I can’t wait until John comes home and see my license:)))
If your interesting to know of the reciprocity law of what States must take only a theoretical test/both theoretical test and driving test/ only exchanging or switching their license for a German license and do not have to take a test at all check out these two links:
Getting a German Driver’s License