In order to pass the full driving theory test, the hazard perception test must be passed alongside the multiple-choice question section. The hazard perception test is taken immediately after the multiple choice question section, and the two parts cannot be taken separately.
The hazard perception test has been a component of the driving theory test since 2002, with an average pass rate of about 85 per cent. The hazard perception test is in place to test a driver’s awareness of hazards that can develop when driving on the road, and how they react to them via a series of video clips.
Hazard perception test: how it works
At the beginning of the test, candidates are shown a video clip about how the test works, but it’s a good idea to get your head around this before you get to the test centre. There are plenty of practice hazard perception tests available online.
The test itself consists of fourteen, one-minute computer-generated video clips which feature road scenes you can expect during everyday driving, with at least one developing hazard – something that will cause you to take some form of action (for example changing direction or speed). There’s one clip in the test that will feature two hazards.
The method of measuring awareness and reaction to potential hazards is based on the candidate clicking a computer mouse for every hazard they recognise. Don’t go thinking you can get away with being click-happy, though.
Official DVSA hazard perception test video
If you dish out clicks willy-nilly assuming you’ll gain marks for being extra cautious and aware, think again. Doing this can actually count against you. In a similar vein – as is to be expected – not clicking enough will reduce your score.
For each video clip, noticing and responding to each hazard as early as possible can achieve a maximum of five points. As mentioned previously though, over-clicking or in a pattern will result in a score of zero for that clip which you will be informed of at the end.
The hazard perception lasts twenty minutes, and you don’t get the chance to go back and repeat any of the clips/questions. This is to reflect real-life driving where you don’t get a second chance. To pass the hazard perception test, a score of 44 out of 75 must be achieved.
Hazard perception test: five top tips
- 1. Practice the test first. There are plenty of online practice hazard perception tests so you know what to expect
- 2. Know what a ‘developing hazard’ is and how to identify one
- 3. Remember one clip has two hazards to identify
- 4. Click as soon as you notice a potential hazard that might turn into a ‘developing hazard’
- 5. Don’t overdo the clicking – this will count against you