The Hazard Perception Test

The Hazard Perception Section.

theory test - hazard perception

In the hazard perception part of the test you are required to view 14 video clips on your screen. Each clip is around 60 seconds long containing everyday road situations. You are required to watch these clips as if you were driving at the time, and your aim is to correctly identify the 15 hazards within the clips.

Most of the clips have one developing hazard to identify; but one of the clips contains two hazards. Your score will be based on how quickly you spot each developing hazard. To achieve a high score you must identify the developing hazard in the earlier part of its development.

theory test - hazard perception

You can score between 0 and 5 on each hazard with a maximum of 75 for the overall test. You must achieve a score of 44 or more to pass the hazard perception test.

Unlike the multiple choice part, you will not be able to review any of your answers. Just like on the road, you will only have one chance to respond to the hazard.

Hazard Perception: Hints and Tips.

  • Invest in some good exam preparation materials. It's worth it, even just to get you used to identifying hazards in the way that the exam expects you to. See our section on exam preparation .
  • Use any practice time you're given to calm your nerves and get your mind in sync. for the actual test.
  • Remember that a hazard is anything on the road that can make a driver alter speed, road position or direction. When viewing the hazard clips, there will be several potential hazards that you will see. These potential hazards may, or may not, develop into actual hazards but click on your mouse button when you see these all the same. Keep watching after you click as the hazard may develop into a situation that would cause you, as a driver, to slow down or alter your road position. This would be your developing hazard!!
  • You should click your mouse button for every hazard that you see; either potential or developing, but you cannot cheat by continually clicking the mouse rapidly. The program has been developed to analyse both the 'click' pattern and the total number of clicks throughout the video clip. If it is determined that you have cheated, a message will be displayed on screen to tell you and your score will be '0' for that clip. You are allowed to click as many times as you want during the developing hazard, your first click will determine your score for that clip.
  • In some cases is it really quite challenging to identify when a potential hazard may become a developing hazard. The best method is to click several times with a short pause between clicks as soon as you identify the hazard, this will ensure you do not miss the scoring zone if it develops.

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    Once the Hazard Perception test is complete, and the whole test is over, you will be invited to answer a short survey on the driving theory test. It won't take long, and it's completely confidential. You don't have to complete the survey if you don't want to.

    At the end you will be given your test result. Remember that you must pass both the multiple choice part and the hazard perception part to gain an overall pass. If you do not pass both parts , you must take the test again at a future date.

    We hope that this page makes this section a little clearer.

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