How to nail the Hazard Perception test in Victoria
The Hazard Perception Test (HPT) is the last theoretical test to be passed before the practical drive test. Here’s what you need to know to pass it confidently, first time.
It is a computer-based test with 28 scenarios of real traffic situations where you will be asked to respond based on instructions before the clip plays.
What is the Hazard Perception Test?
The Hazard Perception Test (HPT) checks that :
- you are able to recognise and respond to hazards, and
- how well you can observe the whole road scene and respond safely to a scenario
During the test, you will be presented a range of short videos with on-screen text instructions. Each video is presented from the driver’s perspective and represent different traffic conditions such as other vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists.
For each video, you’ll need to react to hazards as if you were driving, by clicking the mouse when you think it is safe, or not clicking the mouse if it is unsafe to do what the instruction tells you.
When can I take the test?
If you are a learner (ie. you hold a learner permit), you must be at least 17 years and 11 months of age
If you are an international driver, you must have passed the Road Knowledge Test before taking the HPT.
How to prepare the test?
- The more experience you have driving in different situations, the more prepared you’ll be for the test. For international drivers, especially those used to driving on the right-hand side of the road, a driving instructor can help prepare you for the test with some lessons on identifying hazards.
- You can use DriveSmart, which is an online program designed to help improve your hazard perception.
- Book a driving lesson with a professional driving instructor who will teach you how to identify and respond to road hazards.
Book and sit the Hazard Perception Test in Victoria.
You need to make an appointment before you can sit the test.
The quickest and best way to do it is to book online through Vicroads online portal.
You can take the test in English, or any of these languages:
Albanian, Arabic, Cambodian, Chinese (Mandarin), English, Macedonian, Persian, Russian, Serbian, Sinhalese, Somali, Spanish, Turkish and Vietnamese.
Please note that while you can take the HPT the same day you take the drive test, it is not recommended. Indeed, if you fail the HPT, you will not be able to take the drive test and will need to:
- make a new appointment to take the Hazard Perception Test again, and
- reschedule your drive test and pay the fee again.
That’s all! We wish you all the best for your Hazard Perception Test and can’t wait to welcome you back when you are ready to take the drive test.