Must be a louisiana thing. In cali, the dmv test doesn’t do figure eights. There’s a circle thing whose diameter is smaller than the figure 8 box width on the msf. Plus, unlike the MSF, if you put a foot down at anytime, touch the line or go over it, you auto-fail. And the dmv test procters here make sure you everything you do is done at a slower speed than the msf. So in cali-land, the DMV practicle is indeed much harder than the MSF rider portion test.
edit: i’m assuming you took the dmv practical in the state you said you’re from.