NZTA Approved

AREA KNOWLEDGE TESTS FOR TAXI DRIVERS

 

 

 

  OBJECTIVE 1

 
Communicate in English

  Taxi drivers are required to have an appropriate ability to communicate with passengers and others in English. This does not mean that the standard of communication must be such that the driver can hold a detailed conversation with a passenger.   The standard recognises that for many taxi drivers English is a second language.    

Condition:                   Given four English language communication exercises  

Performance:              The candidate will communicate in English throughout each of the four exercises.   

1.    Completing a form and/or official document approved by the NZ Transport Agency
2.    Reading a short text on a taxi related topic that is approved by the NZ Transport Agency
3.    Following verbal instructions
4.    Explaining a situation to a customer  

Time for test:               With the exception of exercise 1 the requirements for this objective are integrated with each objective therefore there is no set time.              

Standard:                    The candidate will demonstrate an ability to communicate effectively in English in all four exercises  

Exercise 1 Complete a form and/or official document    
Performance Standard   Using a from approved by the NZ Transport Agency;  
1.    Information is completed and placed accurately.  
2.    Information completed is printed and legible.  
3.    Capital letters are used accurately where required.  
4.    Information is provided in words, phrases, abbreviations, and numbers, as required, to meet the requirements of the form.  

Exercise 2 Read and discuss a short text   Instructions for Candidate  

1.    The candidate is to read an approved text and discuss its contents with the assessor. The candidate’s ability to read and discuss this text before completing the objective will be assessed as part of the overall assessment test.  
Performance Standard   Using text that is at least three paragraphs in length;  
1.    The topic of the text is identified and the content explained using key words within the text.  
2.    Main point(s) and supporting detail in the text are identified and an understanding of the contents of the text is demonstrated.  
3.    The characters/participants, events, within the text are identified.  

Exercise 3 Understanding verbal instructions   The assessor will read a short series of instructions to the candidate in relation to objective 2. The assessor will re-read the instructions. The candidate will then be asked to repeat the instructions back to the assessor in their own words prior to completing the objective. The ability to accurately repeat the instructions will be assessed as part of the overall assessment test.  

Performance Standard  
1.    Specific information in the instructions given is identified and accurate.  
2.    Sequence of events within the instructions is identified and accurate.  
3.    Understanding of essential vocabulary in the instructions is demonstrated.  
4.    Request for repetition of instructions to clarify points is requested if required. Requests are relevant to the task(s) required by the instructions.  
Exercise 4 Explaining a situation to a customer   The assessor will provide the candidate with a situation that could arise in the course of a taxi operation, (Example, a road closure that will delay the passenger’s arrival time at their destination.)   This situation will be developed and assessed in conjunction with objective 7.   The candidate will be asked to respond and explain the situation and their proposed action(s) in response to the situation, as if they were speaking to the customer. Their ability to clearly and logically explain the situation and the course(s) of action they would take will be assessed as part of the overall assessment test  
Performance Standard  
1.    Main points of the situation are accurately identified.  
2.    The situations, and proposed actions, are clearly explained to the customer in a way that was clear and concise.  
3.    Any questions from the customer are responded to promptly and with clarity.

  OBJECTIVE 2

 
Select Most Advantageous Route
 
 
Condition:                   Given a list containing 20 pairs of pick up and associated destination points from the approved question bank.
 
Performance:              The candidate will be given the written instructions for this objective and is to read the instructions and relay these back to the examiner.
 
The candidate will describe the most advantageous route between each pair of pick-up and destination points.
 
Standard:                    English communication skills to the standard required in Objective 1.
 
18 out of 20 routes stated correctly in spoken English that is clearly understood by the examiner.
 
Time for test:              60 minutes
 
Sample Most Advantageous Route questions
 
Pick up/destination
 SUGGESTED ANSWER
Christchurch International airport to Cathedral Square
Memorial Ave, Fendalton Rd, Harper Ave, Park Terrace, Rolleston Ave, Gloucster St, Colombo St.
Intercontinental Hotel to Wellington Zoo
 
Featherston St, Grey St, Victoria St, Wakefield St), Taranaki St, Wallace St, John St, Adelaide Rd, Riddiford St Mansfield St, Roy St.
Exchange Rank to Mercy Hospital
Princes St Manse St, Broadway, Rattray St City Rd, Highgate Newington Av
 

OBJECTIVE 3
 
Location of Landmarks
 
Condition:                   Given a written list of the names of 25 major buildings or landmarks from the approved question bank.
 
Performance:            The candidate will be given the written instructions for this objective and is to read the instructions and relay these back to the examiner.
 
The candidate will write, from memory, the street address (street and number) or location of major buildings and major locations of interest. 
 
Standard:                    English communication skills to the standard required in Objective 1.
 
23 out of 25 addresses or locations of the major buildings and landmarks written correctly in written English that is clearly understood by the examiner
 
Time for test:              75 minutes
 
An example of the types of major buildings and locations that can be considered landmarks:
Accident and Emergency Depts                                 
Airports                                                      
Ambulance stations                                             
Arcades                                                       
Armed Services establishments                                 
Banks                                                        
Billiard rooms                                                 
Bus Services and terminals                                    
Cafes and restaurants
Casinos
 
Example Major Building and Points of Interest questions:
 

Given List of Major Buildings and Places of Interest
Address
Hamilton RSA
50 Rostrevor Street
Porirua District Court
4 Hagley Street
Te Papa
Cable St, on the left between Taranaki and Tory


 OBJECTIVE 4
 
Arterial Roads
 
Condition:                   Given a written list of 20 arterial roads from the approved question bank.
 
Performance:              The candidate will be given the written instructions for this objective and is to read the instructions and relay these back to the examiner.
 
The candidate will write, from memory, with reference to location, the start and finish of the arterial road where the start of the road is at the lowest street number and the finish is at the highest street number on the roads.
 
Standard:                    English communication skills to the standard required in Objective 1.
 
18 out of 20 start and finish points listed correctly in written English that is clearly understood by the examiner.
 
Time for test:              45 minutes
 
Type of Roads
 
Consideration should be given to the type of area the test is applicable to.
 
Sample Main Road questions
 

Given list of Names
Start
Finish
Ponsonby Road
Gt North / K Road
Jervois Rd / College Hill
Adelaide Road
Basin Reserve
Berhampore Golf Course
Prestons Road
Redwood, Main North Rd
Marshland, Burwood Rd


 Objective 5

 
Understanding a Road Map
 
This objective has been developed to ensure that the candidate has knowledge of road maps and can use a road map to locate various symbols, grid references, locations, and amenities.
 
Any map giving sufficient information to test a candidate’s ability to read a road map (AA, Pathfinders or Wises) may be used for this objective. These maps must be typical of the style a driver is likely to use in a vehicle, (e.g.) a book map, and, where practicable, is the most recent one published by the map producer for the area to which the test applies.
 
Condition:            Given a current road map of the area to which the test applies, and a written list of 5 road names including suburbs, from the approved question bank.
 
Performance:     The candidate will be given the written instructions for this objective and is to read the instructions and relay these back to the examiner.
 
The candidate will:
 
                            1   By reference to the map, record in writing the location of each given road using page number (where applicable) and grid reference; and
 
2   List in writing the road features for each given road within the grid reference.
 
Standard:            English communication skills to the standard required in Objective 1.
 
1. Without error all map page numbers and grid references are written correctly in English.
 
                            2. Without error all types of road features found on the given roads are written in English that is clearly understood by the examiner.
 
Time for test:      15 minutes
 
 
(Answers to types of roads, references and symbols will depend on what type of map is used. eg Wises, AA, Pathfinder)
 
Sample Questions using Pathfinders map

Given Road
Suburb
Map Reference
Type of roads and symbols
Hawkestone St
Thorndon
Map 1 C 4
Major Rd’s, Other Rd’s.
Motorway junction symbol
Traffic signals symbol
Haven Road
Nelson Central
 Map 95 B 2
State highway, two lane road, roundabout

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 


 
OBJECTIVE 6
Geographical Knowledge
 
 This objective has been developed to ensure that the applicant has knowledge of road maps and their use to establish geographical direction.
 
Any map giving sufficient information to test a candidate’s ability to read a road map (AA, Pathfinders or Wises) may be used for this objective. These maps must be typical of the style a driver is likely to use in a vehicle, example a book map and be the most recent one published by the map producer for the area to which the test applies.
 
 
Condition:             Given a central location, a current road map of the area to which the test applies, and a list of 5 road names including suburbs from the approved question bank
 
Performance:       The candidate will be given the written instructions for this objective and is to read the instructions and relay these back to the examiner.
 
                              The candidate will orally state the direction, by reference to compass points, the approximate direction of travel when travelling from the central location to the given road name.
 
Standard:             English communication skills to the standard required in Objective 1.
 
                              Directions to be stated to the approximate closest intercardinal point (NE, SW etc).
 
4 out of 5 directions of travel correctly identified in spoken English that is understood by the examiner.
 
Time for test:       10 minutes
 Example

Start Location
Destination
Approximate Direction of Travel
Hamilton Transport Centre
Wake St, Queenwood
Nth
 
Pheonix Pl, Dinsdale
Sth / Wst
 
Powells Rd, Fairview Downs
Nth / East
 
Mount View Rd, Melville
Sth
 
Edgar St, Frankton
Wst
Waikato Stadium
Ridout St, Forest Lake
Nth / Wst


OBJECTIVE 7

 
Navigation Skill
 This objective has been developed to ensure that the candidate has knowledge of road maps and their use and can use a road map to navigate between locations within, or in close proximity to, the area to which the test applies and describe key locations en route.
 
Any map giving sufficient information to test a candidate’s ability to read a road map (AA, Pathfinders or Wises) may be used for this objective. These maps must be typical of the style a driver is likely to use in a vehicle, example a book map and be the most recent one published by the map producer for the area to which the test applies.
 
 
Condition:            Given a road map and 5 pairs of pick up and destination locations from the approved question bank
 
Performance:        The candidate will be given the written instructions for this objective and is to read the instructions and relay these back to the examiner.
 
Using a pointer or finger the candidate will trace the most advantageous route between each pair of pick up and destinations points, and provide the names and locations of major landmarks along each route.
 
                              (Where available a book map should be used for this objective for the candidate to trace a route over more than one page.)
 
Standard:              English communication skills to the standard required in Objective 1.
 
                              Without error.
 
Time for test:        15 minutes
 
The start and destinations asked must be representative of the entire area for which the certificate is being sought.
 
 

  OBJECTIVE 8
 
Taxi Ranks (Stands)
 
 
Condition:                   Given a written list containing the names of approved public taxi stands, to a maximum of 20 taxi stands, from the approved question bank.
 
Performance:              The candidate will be given the written instructions for this objective and is to read the instructions and relay these back to the examiner.
 
Describe orally, from memory, the location of each approved public taxi stand and locate these on a road map by pointing to them.
 
Standard:                    English communication skills to the standard required in Objective 1.
 
Without error:
 
1.    Location of given public taxi stands described correctly in spoken English that is clearly understood by the examiner, and
 
2.    Location is correctly identified on a road map. 
 
If there are more than 20 public taxi stands in the area, the location of only 20 public taxi stands need to be described. 
 
Time for test:              20 minutes
 
Sample approved public taxi stands question
 

Given List of Taxi Ranks
Address
Arthur St
Smith and Smith Building
Manners St
Corner. of Smith and Brown streets
South City
South City Mall Colombo St

 

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