Well, my wife and I took the MSF course this weekend. We had a blast and learned a ton. Unfortunately though, I failed the final evaluation She passed though! I feel so stupid about the final eval too. I had no problems prior to it. In fact, I was probably one of the better ones in the class from the start. No problems with shifting, leaning, braking, etc. In fact, I nailed the U-turn figure 8 the first time I tried it. My wife was even surprised at how well I handled a U-turn from the start. Probably the main area of improvement for me is that I tend to take quick peeks down when I should be looking where I want to go in a turn. During the final eval, I kinda choked. Put my foot down in the figure 8 and went outside the box. Never did it that bad during the practice (seemed like the closer I got to the eval, the worse I started doing on it). Sucks that I got some points there since I was doing this part so well when pracitcing, but no biggie yet. The swerve part was fine. No points there. But then on the braking, I totally misinterpreted the goal of that exercise. On the course I was at, there was a line at the 5 foot mark going across you, and another line further up. That, combined with the line on the side used to measure distance made it look like a box. I thought the whole time that I had to stop the bike so it was anywhere inside the box. So I practiced it that way. Because of that, I was way over the limit in the end. I couldn't believe the points I got when I saw the result, cause I thought I nailed that part. Also, it was noted that I didn't shift down to first, although I don't know what happened there. I usually was pretty good about that. Maybe I didn't stomp down hard enough for the test? The final cornering test was fine for the most part. Got a couple points for rolling off the throttle coming out of the turn, but overall it was ok. I knew I did that so that was expected. The braking part was what really killed me though. And the worst part was that I totally set myself up for the failure because of misunderstanding the goal of that drill. After the class, the instructor even told me that he would've given me a 2nd shot at that one if he knew what I was really thinking about it. Too bad though, since the whole class was over already. What a bummer. The good news is that I really did learn a lot from the class and am able to ride a bike on a basic level. I just feel like the biggest idiot for failing something that I should've nailed without a problem. Well, also, I was never one to perform good motor skills under pressure. I'm fine with written exams as long as I studied the material but when I'm being evaluated on precise physical motions, I tend to make a bunch of little mistakes when I'm being tested, even though I can do them well when practicing or just having fun. I guess that's my other mistake...I treated the final eval as a huge test and got all nervous about it rather than just relaxing and having fun like I did prior to the end of the class. Anyhow, I asked the instructor if he thinks I should just re-take the course. He said that I should just take the DMV test and see how that goes. I suppose that means he thinks my riding is fine but I just had a very stupid misunderstanding at the end...I'm sure if I was totally inept on a bike, he would have suggested that I take the class again. Since my wife passed and can get her license ASAP and I do have a bike already, it would be easier that way. I know that I learned just as much as everyone else did in the class and up to the exam, was performing fine (actually, I thought I did no worse than anyone else on the final eval until I found out the truth about the braking part). But a part of me still just wants to get that MSF certificate. So what should I do? I'll probably just take the DMV test since it's faster and right now, I don't want to pay another $250 to repeat the course. Are there any reasons I should absolutely take the course again in the future though? Sorry about the long post.