Hazard Perception Test
New drivers take longer to recognise
potentially dangerous hazards than more
How does it work?
HPT is sat after the 50 multiple choice question test
You are allowed a 3 minute break between each test
You can watch a tutorial prior to starting HPT
(You can watch it twice)
You can sit this test with the same range of languages
available for the Theory Test and it is available in basic
You get your test results the end the tests
The Test itself?
There are 14 video clips, each clip lasting about one
The video clips are filmed on real roads. The clips are
not computer animations!
Each clip contains one or more hazards. There are about
15 potential hazards spread over the various clips
You click the mouse as soon as you recognise a potential
The sooner you spot the hazard the higher your score!
Is it similar to an arcade game?
Yes and No
The main difference is that the video clip does not
pause or slow down when you identify a potential hazard
Unlike Lara Croft. You cannot pause a clip to give
yourself time to think!
How will the computer mark me if I don't
take it seriously?
It's a computer game!
It would be natural for you to identify
common static and environmental hazards during
These hazards will not be scored if you
click them and the software will not penalise
you if you do
However, if you "frantically" click on
everything you see the software will detect this
and display a message at the end of that
particular clip informing you that you have not
scored any marks for that clip
If you are warned that you have scored zero
on one particular clip you will not necessarily
fail the test if you perform well in the other
BE WARNED HOWEVER
If you continue to use a "frantic"
(Lara Croft style)
clicking in the
remaining clips the software will detect this
and mark you accordingly. You will not receive
an adequate pass mark for the entire test
How will the computer mark me if I do take
It's a computer game!
Well it won't, computer games may be clever
but they aint that cute
Each time you respond with a mouse click you'll get an
acknowledgment from the software programme
A red flag will appear at the bottom of the
Each response you make will be assessed by
the software programmes' response time
Each clip has a programmed response time
If the clip expects you to respond within 5
seconds then it will mark you according to your
Your score (from 1 - 5) will be based upon
your response time
The quicker your response, the higher your
What if I pass one test and fail the other?
If you pass one test and fail the other then you'll need
to sit both tests again
The fee for the combined test is £31.00
What if I have special needs?
(For car and motorcycle
You'll be able to use a headset to listen to the test
read in one of twenty different languages*
Candidates with reading difficulties can listen to the
test through a headset read in English
An on screen video of the test will also be available in
British Sign Language
* Albanian, Arabic, Bengali, Cantonese, Dari, Farsi,
Gujarati, Hindi, Kashmiri, Mir Uri, Polish, Portuguese,
Punjabi, Pashto, Spanish, Tamil, Turkish, Urdu and Welsh
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Test fee is £31.00. Correct at 30th March 2009
You can book your Theory Test on line at the DSA website
Or on 0300 200 1122
In any event have your driving licence and credit/visa delta card at hand when you book
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