Hazard perception test

Learn how to prepare and book in for your hazard perception test before you go for your Ps.

Who can take the test?

To be able to take the test you must:
  • Be at least 17 years and 11 months of age and
  • Hold a current learner permit (or successful test results for the learner permit knowledge test if an overseas driver).

What’s the test about?

The hazard perception test checks:

  • you’re able to recognise and respond to hazards and
  • how well you can observe the whole road scene and to respond safely.

To get your probationary driver licence you need to pass both your hazard perception and drive test. 

Where can I take the test?

Tests are taken at a VicRoads Customer Service Centre

Click on the button below if you’re ready to book in for your test.

Make a booking

If you’re not ready, see each step below for more about the test and how you can prepare.

Is the test available in other languages?

Yes, the test is available in 14 other languages*.

*Albanian, Arabic, Cambodian, Chinese (Mandarin), English, Macedonian, Persian, Russian, Serbian, Sinhalese, Somali, Spanish, Turkish and Vietnamese.


Get lots of driving practise

You’ll need to get as much supervised driving experience in a range of driving situations. The more experience you get, the more prepared you’ll be.

Ask your supervising driver or driving instructor to help you improve your hazard perception skills by practicing the driving tasks and activities recommended at each stage of the learner period. 

Is there a practice test I can take? 

There are no practise tests you can take however, you can use DriveSmart which is an online program designed to help you improve your hazard perception. DriveSmart  has plenty of simulated driving scenarios and interactive quizzes to help you prepare.

About the hazard perception test

You’ll be shown a range of short videos with on-screen text instructions. Each video will be shown to you from a driver’s perspective, in different traffic scenes.

For each video, you’ll need to react to hazards as if you’re driving, by clicking the mouse when you think it’s safe. This means clicking when you might need to slow down, overtake, turn or not need to click if no action is needed. See the examples below for more.  

Example 1

In dash view of a vehicle stopped at an intersection with traffic lights. The lights are green and there is one car coming towards the intersection in the opposite direction.

On screen text: You are stationary and wish to turn right at this intersection. Click the mouse when it is safe to do so.

Example 2

Dash view of a moving vehicle at 30km/h on a 2 lane residential road. The vehicle is in the right lane which has tram tracks. There is one vehicle, a white van, in the left lane ahead.

On screen text: You are driving straight ahead. Click the mouse when it is safe to stop.

Example 3

In dash view of a vehicle travelling at 30km/h on a single lane carriageway road in the commercial shopping area.

On screen text: You are driving behind a cyclist. Click the mouse when it is safe to overtake.

Example 4

In vehicle dash vehicle of a vehicle travelling at 80km/h, on a single carriageway rural highway

On screen text: You are driving straight ahead and approaching a hazard. Click the mouse when you think you should slow down.

Is the hazard perception test the same as the drive test?

No, the drive test focuses on your car handling skills and your ability to demonstrate safe driving on the road, whereas the hazard perception test is computer based assesses how you would react to hazards such as other vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists.

Where to learn more

The following websites have lots of information to help you prepare for the test.

To make an appointment you can:

* A card payment fee applies

** All VicRoads Customer Service Centre's accept cash except for:

Can I use a concession card?

No, there are no concessions available for appointment, test or licence fees.

What if I need to change my appointment? 

An appointment can only be changed by the appointment holder once it’s been booked. If you need to change your appointment, you’ll need to pay an additional appointment fee. 

The hazard perception test fee will get transferred to the new appointment (or you’ll get a refund if at least 24 hours notice is given.) Go to driver licence and learner permit fees page for more.

What if I don’t give enough notice to change or cancel?

If you don’t give us at least 24 hours notice, you’ll lose your appointment and test fees and won’t be able to get a refund.

What if I’m running late to the appointment?

If you’re more than five minutes late, you’ll need to rebook your appointment for the next available timeslot and pay another appointment fee.

Can I book my hazard perception test and drive test on the same day?

Yes, you can book your hazard perception test and on-road drive test on the same day, however you’ll need to pay two appointment  fees

Can I still take the drive test if I don’t pass the hazard perception test on the same day?

No, you won’t be allowed to take the drive test on the same day, if you don’t pass the hazard perception test. 

If you don’t pass the hazard perception test, you’ll need to:

  • make a new appointment to take the hazard perception test again and
  • reschedule your drive test.

Can I present my 120 hours MyLearners or Logbook at my Hazard Perception Test?

Yes, we encourage you to present the 120 hours prior to your drive test


What do I bring to the appointment?

You’ll need to bring:

How many videos are in the test?

In the hazard perception test, you’ll watch 28 videos that are about 30 seconds each. 

How long is the test? 

You’ll have 45 minutes to complete the test.

Will I get my results after the test?

Yes, you’ll get your results after you’ve completed the hazard perception test.

How long are test results valid for?

Your test results are valid for 12 months, so if you don't get your driver licence within 12 months of passing the Hazard Perception Test, you’ll have to take the test again.

How many times can I take the test?

You’ll only be allowed to take the hazard perception test twice in the one day. 

Good hazard perception means being able to identify and respond to potential hazards in the safest way possible. The three parts of hazard perception are: see, think, do. As a driver, these are used together to develop better hazard perception skills. 

  • See: using your eyes to scan the road ahead and spot any hazards
  • Think: thinking about what you need to do ahead of time to respond safely
  • Do: acting in response to the hazard you see for example, slowing down or creating more space.

Common crashes for new drivers 

Hazard perception skills take a long time to develop, so new drivers are more at risk of crashing in their first 12 months of driving. 

Common crashes (External link) for new drivers include: 

  • rear end crashes
  • right-turn crashes in oncoming traffic 
  • being hit on the right, by a vehicle turning right
  • head-on crashes where other vehicles collide into you from the opposite direction 
  • single vehicle crashes where a vehicle runs off the road on a curve or bend and hits into an object like a tree or pole.

Where can I learn more?

You can learn more about how to use see, think and do throughout the stages of the learner period on our myLearners website: 

Practise your hazard perception skills by: 

  • Scanning for hazards in front and around you
  • Keeping a safe distance between you and the vehicle in front 
  • Driving at a safe speed for the environment you’re in 
  • Sharing the road safely with others 
  • Giving yourself enough time to slow down
  • Using the ‘three-second rule’ 
  • Watching out for changing road conditions or road works
  • Minimising distractions such as loud music, lots of conversation and the radio.

Where can I learn more? 

Visit the websites below to learn more about hazard perception skills.

Need more help?

Call 13 11 71 and speak to one of our friendly staff who can help.

 

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