Hazard Perception Test

The Hazard Perception Test checks how well you can observe the whole road scene and respond safely. Learn about the test and how you can practice online.

What is hazard perception?

Good hazard perception means being able to identify and respond to potential hazards in the safest way possible. Hazard perception skills take a long time to develop, so new drivers are more at risk of crashing (External link) in their first 12 months of driving. 

See, think, do

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

About the Hazard Perception Test

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, and assesses how you would react to hazards such as other vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists. Tests are taken at a VicRoads Customer Service Centre
 
Is the test available in other languages? 

Yes, the test is available in the following languages: Albanian, Arabic, Cambodian, Chinese (Mandarin), English, Macedonian, Persian, Russian, Serbian, Sinhalese, Somali, Spanish, Turkish and Vietnamese.

How to book an appointment

To book an appointment you can:

* A card payment fee (External link) applies

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

Take the practice test

Practise identifying potential hazards and reacting to other vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists in real-life driving scenarios.

For each video, you’ll be given on-screen instructions and will 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 click if no action is needed.

Take the practice test

How to improve your hazard perception skills

You get better at hazard perception 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.’ 
  • Looking out for changing road conditions or road works.
  • Minimising distractions such as loud music, lots of conversation and the radio.
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 re-book 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.

Where can I learn more? 

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