Gran Turismo 5 License Tests - National

Licenses are not required to compete in any race for Gran Turismo 5. However, you can learn to enhance your racing skill by taking part in these tests. This blog post features advice on how to pass each one (you're on your own for Gold). This post only concerns the National License tests. Experience the world of Gran Turismo 5 while taking on some interesting challenges.

Welcome to "John's Gran Turismo Space" and another set of License Test-themed posts!





--- License Tests ---

GT5 National License Test
^ Basic operation of a car and basic racing skills are both demonstrated in the first set of License Tests.

The National-level license tests have always been simple driving tasks designed to challenge and enhance your driving skills. This is no different in GT5. The new level system requires you to be of a certain level to take on certain tests. Don't worry about this until you reach the National-A tests, which require you to be at Level 3. Every other license test will be available at every three levels.

Simply completing each test earns you experience points. To make the most experience points, try to go for the best possible time you can muster in each test. Experience points mean everything because you will be unable to access later licenses. If you are just getting experience points on License Tests alone, then it is safe to say that "just getting by" no longer results in your continued progress up the ranks. You now have to exemplify yourself by getting at least silver in tests just to move forward. There's nothing wrong with Bronze, but you have to try for Silver or Gold to progress better in the License Test zone.

This is a Gran Turismo where going right into racing may not be a bad idea, if just to help your chances of getting more experience. You are mostly doing these license tests basically to enhance your driving skill. No single race in Gran Turismo requires you to have a license. In a way, this is a good thing because the License Tests feel more like a school rather than a requirement for racing. Even if just for money and experience, make the most of your time in the License Test department.



--- National B License Tests ---

Start your Gran Turismo experience by taking on the B-License tests. These are simple tests that educate you on the basics of operating and driving a car in Gran Turismo 5.


B-1: 200m Stopping Challenge.

Car: 2007 Toyota Vitz RS 1.5
Course: Top Gear Test Course
Start: Standing Start

Remember on Test Course that you had markers on the track and on signs telling you how many meters ahead you are? Well, welcome to the Top Gear Test Track- an airfield course! You now have to judge your distance and make a choice on the fly on when to brake. This will be tough for Gran Turismo veterans (like myself). But as us veterans know, you have to take baby steps. You will eventually learn when to brake when you take control of the Toyota Vitz you are given for this test.

LICENSE TIMES:
• GOLD: 13.300
• SILVER: 13.600
• BRONZE: 15.000


B-2: Steering.

Car: 2006 Alfa Romeo 147 Ti 2.0 TWIN SPARK
Course: Tokyo Route 246
Start: Standing Start

Practice your ability to steer through a corner by taking on the carousel at Tokyo R246 (the northwestern part of the track). Because this is a front-wheel drive car, you will need to delicately balance turning while accelerating. The car will more than likely be tough to turn since the car is doing two duties at the same time using the front wheels. This should be an easy test to get even a Bronze. Practice a little harder to get Silver or better.

LICENSE TIMES:
• GOLD: 22.200
• SILVER: 22.600
• BRONZE: 25.000


B-3: "Out-in-Out" - The Most Basic Cornering Line.

Car: 2007 Suzuki Swift Sport
Course: Deep Forest Raceway
Start: Standing Start

By now, if you've played a number of Gran Turismo games, this one should be no stranger to you. You are given the first corner of Deep Forest Raceway, and your car is the Suzuki Swift Sport. Be sure to use the Driving Line to help you navigate the car while also help you plan your attack on the course.

LICENSE TIMES:
• GOLD: 26.300
• SILVER: 26.500
• BRONZE: 28.500


B-4: Braking Into a Corner.

Car: 2008 Honda Civic Type R
Course: Autumn Ring
Start: Rolling Start at 60 mph

Autumn Ring is one of my least favorite tracks in Gran Turismo. You're racing one of my reasons why in this test. Your Civic Type-R must clear the first corner of Autumn Ring effectively. Be careful negotiating this hairpin corner. Clear this corner and power out with efficiency to deliver a solid time. You are driving a front-wheel drive car, so be mindful of FWD characteristics as you take on this corner.

LICENSE TIMES:
• GOLD: 13.800
• SILVER: 14.000
• BRONZE: 16.000


B-5: Basic Cornering Theory - Slow In, Fast Out.

Car: 2007 Peugeot 207 GTi
Course: Tsukuba Circuit
Start: Rolling Start at 50 mph

Demonstrate your ability to navigate the super-slow hairpin at Tsukuba. To do this, you will need to use the Peugeot 207 GTi effectively to clear this test. You will begin passing under the Dunlop Bridge and must weave your car to the left followed by another left. As you approach the hairpin, the radius sharpens and then loosens. Try to find the best possible line to attack the corner while delivering a strong exit.

LICENSE TIMES:
• GOLD: 18.900
• SILVER: 19.500
• BRONZE: 21.000


B-6: Exiting From a Looping Corner.

Car: 2008 Renault RenaultSport Megane Renault Sport
Course: Nürburgring GP/F
Start: Rolling Start at 70 mph

The Nürburgring will be a course you will have to race a number of times in this game. I am not just talking about any course that utilizes the Nordschleife, you know. You will be asked to take on the second hairpin of the Grand Prix course. Thankfully, this one is less brutal than the first hairpin. This corner still needs a sufficient amount of care in navigating properly.

LICENSE TIMES:
• GOLD: 14.600
• SILVER: 15.200
• BRONZE: 17.500


B-7: High-Speed Driving Lines and Throttle Control.

Car: 2005 Volkswagen Golf V GTi
Course: Autumn Ring
Start: Rolling Start at 48 mph

Take on the more complicated portions of Autumn Ring in a 2005 Volkswagen Golf GTi. You will be asked to take on the roads between the Autumn Ring hairpin and around the Start/Finish line of the Autumn Ring Mini course. The course you are running is almost like a street course the way the roads look. Of course, this is not like most typical city courses where almost all corners are blind and blocked off by barriers. Find the proper line for each section and attack accordingly.

LICENSE TIMES:
• GOLD: 19.000
• SILVER: 20.000
• BRONZE: 23.500


B-8: Finding a Line Through an S Bend.

Car: 2006 Honda S2000
Course: High Speed Ring
Start: Rolling Start at 77 mph

When racing a track that has an S-bend to it, you will have to try to carve the best line through the S-bend to effectively clear it. That is your task with this test. The Honda S2000 has always been a joyous car to use in almost any game it is featured in, and it is no different a joy in this game. Don't enjoy the sights of High-Speed Ring for too long- you have some corners to tackle! Don't swing the car out too wide to where it is tough to recover. Just take it easy and try to power your way through the corners with a great racing line.

LICENSE TIMES:
• GOLD: 21.000
• SILVER: 21.600
• BRONZE: 25.000


B-9: Overtaking Using Slipstreams.

Car: 2007 Mazda RX-8 Type S
Course: Fuji Speedway F
Start: Rolling Start at 71 mph

For the first time ever in Gran Turismo history, you are involved in a license test that involves other cars being on the track in competition. You are using the front stretch of Fuji for this license test. Three cars are in your way. Your job is to overtake all of them using drafting techniques. Do not try to whack into the cars too hard or anything. Make as many clean overtakes as possible to get the best possible result.

LICENSE POSITIONS:
• GOLD: 1st
• SILVER: 2nd
• BRONZE: 3rd


B-10: Indianapolis Motor Speedway 1-Lap Battle.

Car: 2010 Honda CR-Z
Course: Superspeedway - Indianapolis

This is the first time in Gran Turismo history that a license test involves a race. You are engaged in a one-lap battle around the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway. A Honda CR-Z is obviously the last car you'd want to take around a high-speed course like Indy. Then again, neither is your competition. You must finish in a qualifying position to receive credit. Use slipstream techniques and carefully navigate through traffic to get the highest-possible result.

LICENSE POSITIONS:
• GOLD: 1st
• SILVER: 3rd
• BRONZE: 9th




That's all for the B-License. up next, the National A! Click "Read More" if you are not reading the full post.






--- National A License Tests ---

(REMEMBER: Your A-Spec or B-Spec level must be at Level 3 to qualify for taking National A-License tests.)

Your itinerary for the National A License consists of a number of advanced driving tests. You will be doing tougher tests in faster cars. Nothing is impossible or out of the ordinary here.


A-1: 400m Stopping Challenge.

Car: 2009 Audi TTS Coupe
Course: Top Gear Test Track
Start: Standing Start

The first of the National A tests involves you in a faster car and a track 200m longer than the test in B-1. A more powerful car obviously means you have to judge your braking points quicker to properly pass the test. It also helps this car has four-wheel drive, which aids its acceleration by providing the traction of front-wheel drive along with the accelerating prowess of rear-wheel drive in one package. So make the most of this car's capabilities to pass this test. Just remember to find the proper braking point to help you pass this test. Your car must come to a complete stop in the finish zone. If you overshoot the finish zone and hit the cones, you will be disqualified.

LICENSE TIMES:
• GOLD: 16.300
• SILVER: 17.000
• BRONZE: 19.000


A-2: Approaching a Blind Corner.

Car: 2007 Mazda Atenza Sport 25Z
Course: Rome Circuit
Start: Rolling Start at 87 mph

The Mazda 6 (Mazda Atenza in Japan) is your car, and Rome Circuit is your course. One of the challenges of racing city courses is the challenge of properly navigating a car around a race course with such confined space and with bumpy streets. Your order is to navigate the peppy 6/Atenza around the streets of Rome effectively. Turns 1 through 3 are used in this test. The course features a left-hand kink with a little undulation in the road. The determining factor to this one is how you take the long Turn 2 followed by the sweeping Turn 3. Remember that your Mazda in this test is a front-wheel drive car, so don't expect butter-smooth handling through these corners.

LICENSE TIMES:
• GOLD: 27.000
• SILVER: 27.400
• BRONZE: 30.000


A-3: Cone Slalom.

Car: 2007 Mini Cooper S
Course: Top Gear Test Track
Start: Standing Start

A slalom is a test of efficiency and control. You may know what slaloms are like if you watch skiing. You are asked to take the 2007 Mini Cooper S around a set course. The key is to adjust your throttle and steering effectively while properly weaving your way around the cones. If you so much as to even nudge a cone, that is a foul, and you will be disqualified. Thankfully, the Mini is no speed demon. You have some leeway here speed-wise. Still, you must be proficient in your steering as well as in carrying a consistent speed.

LICENSE TIMES:
• GOLD: 20.000
• SILVER: 21.000
• BRONZE: 25.000


A-4: Tackling the Monza Chicane.

Car: 2007 BMW 135i Coupe
Course: Autodromo Nazionale Monza
Start: Rolling Start at 95 mph

BMW provides you their 135i Coupe to take on the chicane on the Start/Finish straight. Properly judging your distance and adjusting properly will determine whether you pass or fail. Brake hard heading into the chicane. As you go through the chicane, try to find a decent line to not only clear both corners, but to power out effectively towards the Finish line. Silver shouldn't be impossible for this test. Be careful not to leave the course at any time. Otherwise, your run will be foul.

LICENSE TIMES:
• GOLD: 18.900
• SILVER: 20.000
• BRONZE: 22.000


A-5: Tackling Continuous Urban Right-Angled Corners.

Car: 2009 Lotus Evora
Course: London
Start: Rolling Start at 50 mph

The streets of London are pretty narrow. The course in GT5 is quite short. You will be asked to treat a series of successive 90° corners with a 2009 Lotus Evora. This is a GREAT handling car! Make the most of its handling to clear these corners. You can powerslide the car a bit for some fun drifting. Believe me, this car is a joy to drive. Just pay attention to the road and attack the corners bravely.

LICENSE TIMES:
• GOLD: 14.500
• SILVER: 15.000
• BRONZE: 17.000


A-6: Mastering a Set of Undulating Corners..

Car: 1989 Mazda Eunos Roadster (NA Special Package)
Course: Trial Mountain
Start: Rolling Start at 62 mph

A track with substantial elevation changes can make even the simplest of roads a multitude more challenging to navigate. While your car is nowhere near the performer the Evora's performance from the previous test, the Miata (Eunos Roadster in Japan) is still a handful to drive. You'll need to prove this point by taking on the first few corners of Trial Mountain. This is the first test involving a car from the 20th Century. It's the oldest car you will have raced so far in a license test. The key to great times here is to drive a consistent line. No braking or letting off the throttle is needed as long as you have a great line going. This is essentially a racing line test. Just floor the gas and use great steering technique to clear this test for a somewhat simple Silver. Be more efficient to gain Gold.

LICENSE TIMES:
• GOLD: 19.000
• SILVER: 19.300
• BRONZE: 21.000


A-7: Driving a Mountainous Dirt Track.

Car: 2006 Ford Focus ST
Course: Eiger Nordwand K Trail
Start: Standing Start

Welcome to your first off-road test! Laps around this course can take over four minutes in the fastest rally cars. You will only be navigating a very quick kink followed by a knife-sharp hairpin. My first time doing this test- 31.472 time. I can tell you that if you drive the Focus just right, it will seem like you're lagging behind very much, but you'll still nail an impressive time. The game's low-speed physics on off-road courses is brutal to me.

LICENSE TIMES:
• GOLD: 32.000
• SILVER: 33.000
• BRONZE: 34.000


A-8: Tackling the High-Speed "Schumacher S."

Car: 2007 BMW Concept 1 Series tii
Course: Nürburgring GP/F
Start: Rolling Start at 68 mph

After the second hairpin of the Nürburgring Grand Prix course, you wind your way towards the "Schumacher S." The road goes a bit downhill before progressing a bit uphill. It is a two-corner series that progresses uphill. If you clear the first half of this section, you will be set up properly to take on the second half of this section. Use up all of your BMW Concept 1 Series tii's ability to clear this section with passing credit.

LICENSE TIMES:
• GOLD: 13.800
• SILVER: 14.200
• BRONZE: 16.000


A-9: Using Braking to Overtake on the Inside of a Corner.

Car: 2005 Citroen C4 2.0VTS
Course: Fuji Speedway F
Start: Rolling Start at 68 mph

Like in B-9, you are using one specific part of the track and are asked to pass three other cars. You are using the road-going Citroen C4 for this test. This car is the street version of the C4 rally car. You will start from the final corner of Fuji Speedway F. What you need to do is pass as many cars as possible to get the highest score possible heading into the brutally sharp Turn 1 of this course.

LICENSE POSITIONS:
• GOLD: 1st
• SILVER: 2nd
• BRONZE: 3rd


A-10: High-Speed Ring 1-Lap Battle.

Car: 2007 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X GSR P.P.
Course: High-Speed Ring
Start: Rolling Start at 100 mph

You will earn your A-License only as long as you place high enough in a one lap run around High-Speed Ring. Your Lancer is a powerful rally-bred monster taking on an asphalt course like High-Speed Ring. All you have is one lap to pass as many cars (15 total) as possible. Effective slipstream battle strategy will determine whether or not you clear this challenge. You may have a capable car, but this race is NOT easy. It is best to draft the first car ahead of you, then pass that car to the right to trail the leading RX-8 heading into Turn 1. If there is one thing I can recommend, do all of your passing on the outside before the bridge. Most of your passing after the bridge should be done inside of corners. What awaits you from getting your National A License are 15 cars ahead of you. How many can you pass?

LICENSE POSITIONS:
• GOLD: 1st
• SILVER: 3rd
• BRONZE: 7th


Congratulations! You got your A-License!





There's more License Test insanity to work towards. More posts to come! Get your Level up to Level 6 to take on the International C tests. Thank you for reading!

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