Wow, that is so interesting. Around here, you have to use the instructor's/academy's car. They have special cars set up with a brake pedal in the passenger floorboard as well so that the instructor can hit the brakes in an emergency.
The drivers examiner will keep their hand on the emergency brake at all times. If you get into a bad situation they yank it up and in theory that's supposed to stop the car. Hence why I failed my first test, because the e-brake wasn't strong enough. They do a pre-inspection that involves putting the e-brake on and giving the car some gas to see how much it moves. :)
We have 3 tests that we have to pass to get our full license.
I'm so glad I took my test in Nova Scotia.
1. Take a written test to get your learners license.
2. Complete an accredited driver training program.
3. Wait 6 months from the date you got your learners license.
4. Take your road test to get your 'newly licensed' drivers license.
The 'newly licensed' drivers license doesn't have any restrictions in terms of highways or where you can go, however, you must be off the road between 00:00 and 06:00 unless you obtain a special permit to get to/from work. Then you wait two years, walk into the Registry of Motor Vehicles and they give you your full license with no restrictions. There is no additional test. :)