The new motorcycle test is flawed and probably will have to change at some point in the future for safety and liability reasons, here are a few problems:
the test requires for some exercises a speed no less than 31mph, most speedometers are inaccurate, so an indicated 31mph will actually be 29mph.The rider must exceed his/her speedo to achieve the "correct" speed, what speed is correct and should the rider use 33mph as a 30mph on the following road ride?
The "swerve" exercise implies that a rider should take avoiding action at the point when a hazard is now unavoidable, through forward observation,use of road signs/markings,change in position if available,speed change and use of the horn, this swerve need never happen, i worry about the message this gives to a novice rider about his/her future riding plan for the road, "swerve you'll be fine". Whether in a controlled environment such as a DSA test centre or on the road, swerving tells you that there is a problem with your riding and it is without doubt DANGEROUS.
The test centres, in some cases are positioned in unsuitable areas, one is surrounded by roads with speed limits no greater than 40mph, this means that riders are being assessed (again speedo readings being optomistic) at speeds no greater than 38mph? Is this really safer than the old test? A modern sports bike will certainly supprise a few unwitting riders who, having already successfully swerved and ridden at speeds that would embarrass a few cyclists, will now hop onto a GSXR........safe? you decide.