hazard perception test Study Tips VIC

Booking the test

When booking the test, choose a time that’s convenient for you and arrive early. Make sure your test won’t clash with school or work commitments, as you want to be able to focus on the test. A good time to book is in the morning. This time means you won’t have to worry about school or work and can take time to prepare without distraction. If you book a morning test, there will also be no pressure on you to finish before the testing facility closes.

NOTE: DO NOT book the Hazard Perception Test and Drive Test on the same day. Although this might seem like a convenient idea, if you don't pass your HPT, you won't be able to take the Drive Test later that day. You should pass your HPT before you book your Drive Test. This way you can guarantee you won't have to reschedule or pay additional appointment fees.

Before the test

It’s important to get a good night’s sleep, stay hydrated, and make sure you eat before the test. Although not physically taxing, tests are often mentally draining and you want to be at your best to ensure you pass on the first go.

Make sure you’re aware of what you need to bring to the test and the test and licence fees you will have to pay. These administrative details can be found on the VicRoads website.

Sitting the test

When you sit the test, try to remain calm. Using the Hazard Perception Test practice tests will have prepared you very well for the test.

When using the practice tests you would have been using a cursor and button below the video to indicate an action. It is important to note that there will not be a button to indicate an action - you will have to click a mouse without a cursor. You will want to react quickly when you believe the relevant action should be taken. This will require you to have your hand ready to click to mouse. 

Don't get worried about missing a hazard. You've been driving for long enough that you'll have developed efficient hazard perception skills and will do just fine with the test. Remember that not all of the clips require a response. In some of the clips there is no appropriate time to react (a specific example would be overtaking cyclists on a narrow road while turning corners – don’t overtake!).

If an action is required it will be very obvious. Similarly, if no action is required it will be very obvious. 

Check out the other resources available to help you pass the Hazard Perception Test and get your probationary licence:

For comprehensive information on probationary licensing and Hazard Perception Test, please refer to the VicRoads website. The above information is a summary of this content and although current when published may now be outdated. To ensure you are accessing the most current and accurate information, use the VicRoads website or visit your nearest VicRoads Customer Service Centre.