As a newbie I took the MSF, which should be a legal requirement for every single cyclist. However, I failed, and the instructor was right to fail me. As I took the final driving exam, it began to rain heavily. He stopped the test for awhile when it became monsoon like, but when it let up, I had to resume. A very experienced rider dropped his cycle during the emergency stop. This completely blew my confidence, as I had been riding all of one day. I was next up. Kept my head up, hit both front and rear brakes, and downshifted to first, while keeping the cycle in a straight line. However, the distance I took while trying to avoid locking up the wheels or dropping the cycle was way too far. Thought I did good, but the instructor was right to say in an emergency there was no way that amount of distance was acceptable.
Learn from my mistakes, fellow newbies. STOP MEANS STOP.
Here endeth the lesson.