Driver Qualification Test (DQT)
The Driver Qualification Test (DQT) is the final stage of the licensing process. To progress from a provisional P2 licence to your full driver licence, you need to pass the DQT.
Changes to the Graduated Licensing Scheme from 20 November 2017
Changes are coming to the testing you need to progress through the licensing stages. In addition, P2 drivers who get suspended for unsafe driving will end up adding an extra 6 months to the time they need to spend on their P2 licence. Read more about these changes. about Changes to the Graduated Licensing Scheme from 20 November 2017
What is the DQT?
The DQT is a touch screen, computer-based test. Its aim is to confirm that P2 drivers have sufficient knowledge and hazard perception skills, to ‘graduate’ to the full NSW driver licence.
There are two parts to the test:
- Part 1 is a knowledge test that assesses your knowledge of road safety issues
- Part 2 is a hazard perception test that assess your ability to recognise hazards and respond appropriately. It is based on the driving simulations that lead to the five most common crash types for new full licence holders in NSW.
The DQT is therefore a bit like an advanced version of the Driver Knowledge Test (DKT), that you passed to get your learner licence, combined with the Hazard Perception Test (HPT), that you passed to get your P2 licence.
The DQT is however more challenging. You will need to carefully study the Driver Qualification Handbook to pass it. You can view the handbook online, or purchase it from any registry or service centre.
How it works
When you take the DQT, the first screen you’ll see is the ‘welcome screen’, followed by the instructions. You’ll then be shown three practice questions for Part 1, to help you get used to the test and technology.
After you’ve completed the 15 multiple choice questions in Part 1, the test moves on to Part 2 of the test.
At the beginning of Part 2, you’ll again be shown instructions, and then two practice questions. The system will then ask you 10 questions, which are film clips of real traffic situations.
Part 1 of the DQT
Part 1 of the DQT is an advanced safe driving knowledge test, based on information from road safety research about lowering crash risk, particularly for drivers with only a few years of driving experience.
It will test your knowledge of all sections of the Driver Qualification Handbook. You need to carefully study the handbook before attempting the test.
What it covers
Part 1 assesses your knowledge of:
- Understanding and managing driving risk
- Adverse consequences of road crashes
- Causes of road crashes
- Motivation and driving behaviour
- Risk taking and driving
- Alcohol, drugs and driving
- Fatigue and crash risk
- Distractions and crash risk
- Looking out for yourself and others
- Hazard perception skills.
You’ll be asked 15 multiple choice questions, of three types:
- Text (words)
- Text and picture/diagram
- Text animation (a picture that moves)
Each question has four possible answers. Touch the answer you think is most correct. The answer you select will turn green. Touch the OK button to submit your answer.
Once you’ve completed the 15 questions, the test moves on to Part 2.
The actual test questions are confidential and not publicly available, however here are a few sample questions, typical of those you will be asked in Part 1 of the DQT.
These are not real questions, and do not cover everything that you will be asked in the test. The answers are shown at the end of the questions.
Sample question 1: A driver is driving on a country road at 80km/h. The speed limit is 80km/h, there is a light fog and it is raining. The driver goes round a curve and suddenly sees a cyclist in the middle of the lane. The driver brakes hard, but ends up colliding with the cyclist. What is the primary cause of this crash?
a) The cyclist should not have been riding in the middle of the lane
b) The driver did not adjust their speed to the wet and foggy conditions
c) The car’s brakes were worn out
d) Nobody is at fault, the accident happened because of an unfortunate combination of things
Sample question 2: A simple thing you can do to reduce your crash risk is:
a) Look further ahead
b) Reduce your space cushion in heavy traffic
c) Avoid driving on freeways
d) Eat healthier food
Sample question 3: As part of a good scanning routine, drivers should check their mirrors:
a) About every 60 seconds
b) About every 10 to 20 seconds
c) About every 20 to 30 seconds
d) About every five to 10 seconds
Sample question 4: About what percentage of road crashes are caused by factors that include at least some human error?
a) 45 per cent
b) 75 per cent
c) 90 per cent
d) 30 per cent
Sample question 5: Driving is:
a) Quite safe, if you have good car control skills
b) Safe when you get a full licence
c) Safer than travelling by train
d) One of the riskiest things that most people do
Sample question 6: The two main crash related distractions from inside the vehicle are:
a) Smoking and mobile telephones
b) Other passengers and adjusting the radio, stereo or CD
c) Loose items and eating
d) Adjusting the heater and air conditioning
Sample question 7: Overconfidence in your driving ability is increased whenever:
a) You drive unsafely but don’t crash
b) The police catch you for speeding
c) You manage to repair your car yourself
d) Other drivers give way to you
Sample question 8: You are driving the car in the picture in a 100km/h zone. What action would you take?
b) Brake hard
c) Slow down gently
d) Maintain speed
Sample question 9: Which of the following statements about safe following distances is true?
a) The 3-second rule applies only in good conditions
b) Travelling closer than three seconds applies only if you have good reflexes
c) Only Provisional drivers should use the 3-second rule
d) The 3-second rule should be used at all times
Sample question 10: When you become a full licence holder, the safest blood alcohol level will be:
Sample question 11: Which of the following statements is true?
a) Fatigue related crashes are about three times less likely in rural areas than in metropolitan areas
b) Fatigue related crashes occur most often between 8am and 11am
c) Fatigue related crashes are about three times more likely in rural areas than in metropolitan areas
d) The risk of a fatigue related crash is highest in the Sydney area
Correct answers: 1b, 2a, 3d, 4c, 5d, 6b, 7a, 8c, 9a, 10a, 11c.
Part 2 of the DQT
Part 2 of the DQT tests your hazard perception skills. It is similar to the Hazard Perception Test you passed to get your P2 licence, but harder and more complex. For example, the questions are longer and may require multiple responses from you.
The best way to successfully prepare for Part 2, is to study the Driver Qualification Handbook, particularly part 3, Hazard Perception – Revision and Further Development. Make sure you understand the main hazard perception concepts, and apply them to your driving. You can also use the practice modules available under Building your hazard perception skills [this page].
The questions are based on the five most common crash types for new full licence holders in NSW.
The five most common crash types are:
- 34 per cent - rear-end collisions
- 17 per cent - collisions at intersections
- 16 per cent - head-on collisions
- 11 per cent - running off a straight section of road and hitting an object
- 10 per cent - running off the road on a curve and hitting an object.
The most common reasons that new full licence holders are involved in such crashes are:
- Travelling too closely behind other vehicles
- Driving too fast for the conditions
- Not looking far enough ahead when driving
- Choosing gaps that are too small when making turns, crossing intersections, or turning.
Compared with provisional licence holders, new full licence holders have more crashes where they run into the back of another vehicle, and fewer crashes where they run off the road on a straight or curved road and hit something.
Part 2 of the DQT shows you 10 traffic situations or questions. You see what the driver would see, and you are told what the driver wants to do. Your job is to touch the screen, if and when you think it would be safe for the driver to do it.
If you think it would be unsafe to take any action, or do not think any action is necessary, do not touch the screen.
You may need to touch the screen more than once, whenever a response is required (eg when you would slow down or turn right in traffic). However you only need to touch the screen once for each hazard or safe gap in traffic that you identify. For example, if there are three hazards (or safe gaps), touch the screen three times, once for each.
When you touch the screen, the situation will continue – it will not stop or slow down, and you need to look out for more opportunities to touch the screen.
Remember, in some situations, the correct response is not to touch the screen at all.
This demonstration shows two examples similar to what you might see in the real DQT, including when you might need to touch the screen.
You can only see each question once, and after you’ve given your answer, it is locked in.
At the end of the test, a results screen appears. It tells you whether you passed or failed the whole DQT (both parts 1 and 2), and gives you feedback on areas where you need to improve.
Building your hazard perception skills - practice tests
There are five interactive modules that you can use to practice many of the skills you need to pass Part 2 of the DQT.
These practice modules are not examples of the actual test questions. In the real test, you’ll be shown real traffic situations, while the practice modules are animations demonstrating the main concepts of hazard perception, including safe following distance, safe gaps and scanning for hazards.
Note: You need Adobe Flash Player version 5 or above to access the modules. You also need to make sure you have sound turned on, on your computer. Use the sliders to control distance. Choose a scenario from the menu where required.
- Scanning for hazards – build your ability to cope with unexpected events
- How close is safe? – learn safe following distances
- Picking safe gaps – learn to safely judge safe gaps when crossing a stream of traffic from your right
- Picking safe gaps II – learn to safely judge safe gaps when turning right at a set of traffic lights
- When is it safe to overtake? – learn to safely judge gaps when overtaking a stationary vehicle in front of you.
When to take the test
Once you’ve held your P2 licence for 24 months, you can attempt the DQT. However you should not feel under any pressure to attempt the test immediately. You may continue to drive on your P2 licence for as long as you need, provided you renew it.
You should only attempt the DQT when you are ready, that is, when you’ve studied the Driver Qualification Handbook and applied the information to your driving.
Booking your DQT
When you’re ready to take the test, you’ll need to make a booking and pay the test fee. You can book online, by phoning 13 22 13, or in person at any registry or Service NSW service centre.
Taking the test
At your booked time, you’ll need to attend the nominated location to do your test. You’ll need to provide a completed Licence Application form and prove your identity.
Taking the test in another language
The DQT is available in:
A free interpreter service is also provided to applicants who need to take the test in any other language. Please call 13 22 13 to make arrangements for an interpreter.
Special needs or learning difficulties
If you have trouble understanding or reading the questions, our staff can assist by reading questions to you, and explaining the test questions.
An audio version of the test (where you listen to the questions being asked through headphones) is also available, in all of the languages listed in the previous section.
If you have special needs, you (or your representative) should call 13 22 13 to discuss any issues or special arrangements you may require before you book the test
Sensation Seeking Scale quiz
From the Zuckerman-Kuhlman Personality Questionnaire.
This test will help you determine the level of your sensation seeking disposition. This is based on the test developed by Prof. Marvin Zuckerman from the University of Delaware.
Please complete the questions below. There are no right or wrong answers, everyone is an individual, just respond to the statement. For each statement, choose either true or false. If you do not like either choice, mark the choice you dislike the least.
- 00 - 27% = Very Low
- 28 - 41% = Low
- 42 - 70% = Average
- 71 - 84% = High
- 85 - 100% = Very High