Stage 1

Stage 1 assesses the applicant’s performance of simple tasks in a less-challenging environment to ensure they can safely proceed to Stage 2. Wherever possible, Stage 1 is restricted to roads with speed limits of 60km/h or less with light to medium traffic.

In some cases, the location of the testing office may make it impossible to avoid all heavy traffic and/or high-speed roads during Stage 1. When this occurs, it may be necessary to travel on higher speed roads to access lower speed roads where the assessable tasks can be performed.

Table 1 shows the typical assessable tasks for Stage 1. Some tasks may be assessed more than once and may be assessed in locations that differ from those shown. It is also possible that tasks may be replaced by others if they cannot be undertaken on a particular test route. For example, all routes are designed to include a reverse parallel park, but this task may be replaced by a 3-point turn if a safe location for a reverse park is not available when required in the test route.

Table 1: Stage 1 assessable tasks

Right turn giving way to intersecting traffic Left turn giving way to intersecting traffic
101-right-turn-at-intersection 102-left-turn-at-intersection
Lane change right Lane change left
103-right-lane-change 104-left-lane-change
Reverse parallel park Right turn giving way to one lane of oncoming traffic
105-reverse-parallel-park 106-right-turn-giving-way-to-oncoming-traffic
3-point turn 107-3-point-turn

Stage 2

The purpose of Stage 2 is to assess the applicant’s ability in busier environments. Stage 2 uses roads with medium to heavy traffic and speed limits of 60-80km/h.

Stage 2 of the test route begins from where the applicant pulled over at the end of Stage 1 and ends at the originating VicRoads licence testing office.

Typical Stage 2 assessable driving tasks and their location requirements are shown in Table 2. Some tasks may be assessed more than once and may be assessed in locations that differ from those shown. It is also possible that some tasks may be replaced by others if they cannot be undertaken on a particular test route.

Table 2: Stage 2 assessable tasks and location requirements

Right turn giving way to intersecting traffic (one lane each way) Right turn giving way to intersecting traffic (two lanes each way)
108-right-turn-giving-way-one-lane-each-way 109-right-turn-giving-way-two-lanes-each-way
Right turn giving way to one lane of oncoming traffic Right turn giving way to two lanes of oncoming traffic
110-right-turn-giving-way-to-one-lane-oncoming 111-right-turn-giving-way-to-two-lanes-of-oncoming 
Left turn giving way to intersecting traffic (one lane each way) Left turn giving way to intersecting traffic (two lanes each way)
112-left-turn 113-left-turn-multi-lane
Left turn with priority Lane change right
114-left-turn-with-priority 115-right-lane-change
Lane change left Lane change right in preparation for a turn
116-left-lane-change 117-lane-change-preparing-to-turn
Lane change left in preparation for a turn Merge lanes
118-left-lane-change-preparing-to-turn 119-merge-lanes
Straight drive (medium speed) Straight drive (arterial road)
120-straight-drive-medium-speed 121-straight-drive-arterial-road

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Continue reading the Drive Test Criteria Summary:

1. Overview of the Drive Test

2. Drive Test Procedures

3. Understanding the Assessment Criteria

4. Task Assessment Items

5. Stage Assessment Items

6. Critical Errors

7. Immediate Termination Errors

8. Appendix: Assessable Tasks


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