Today I took and passed my written exam for a Spanish driver’s license! On my first attempt. This is a minor miracle in that I picked up my books two weeks ago, skipped the 16 hour training course and basically memorized 158 pages of 9 point typed information. On this test you not only answer questions about driving a car, but about driving a motorcycle, riding a bike, driving a tractor, detailed first aid, automobile maintenance, pollution, every side effect of every drug recreational or otherwise and all kinds of other gobble-di-gook. On top of that, when taking the test in English you must also learn the Spanish driving authority’s bad translations so that you have a chance to understand what they are asking you about. I’m guessing that the only reason I passed this test is that I got into a big fat fight (in Spanish...you know I don’t speak Spanish yet, right?) with the two exam supervisors about a question on my test that had absolutely no correct answers. After 10 minutes of discussion during a 30 minute test, they cross-checked the Spanish version of the question, then disappeared into the back room. Reappearing to say, you are correct, please choose this wrong answer on your test so that you get it marked right. Since I did not know the answers to five other questions, and you are only allowed to miss three, it seems like I passed to prevent any further trouble from the American lady.
By Maia Pay Ozguc
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