Driver Qualification Test (DQT)

The DQT is a computer-based test for provisional drivers who were issued with their P2 licence before 20 November 2017. New provisional P2 licence holders do not need to complete the Driver Qualification Test.

Booking your Driver Qualification Test

Once you’ve held your P2 licence for 24 months, you’re eligible to take the DQT.

When you’re ready to take the test, you’ll need to make a booking and pay the test fee.

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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 an unrestricted driver licence.

There are 2 parts to the test:

  • Knowledge test (Part 1) - assessing your knowledge of road safety issues. There are 15 multiple choice questions.
  • Hazard perception test (Part 2) - assessing your ability to recognise hazards and respond appropriately. It's based on the driving simulations that lead to the 5 most common crash types for new unrestricted licence holders in NSW. There are 10 scenarios, using real traffic film clips, for you to answer.

The DQT is a bit like a more challenging version of the Driver Knowledge Test (DKT) you passed to get your learner licence, combined with the Hazard Perception Test (HPT) you passed to get your P2 licence.

You will need to carefully study the Driver Qualification Handbook to pass it. You can view the handbook online, or purchase it from any service centre.

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 after 36 months.

Taking the test in a language other than English

The DQT is also available Arabic, Chinese, Croatian, Greek, Korean, Serbian, Spanish, Turkish and Vietnamese.

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 arrange an interpreter.

Support for 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 require before you book the test.

Studying for the DQT

The best way to successfully prepare for your DQT is to study the Driver Qualification Handbook. You can also practice using the sample questions for Part 1, and online practice scenarios for Part 2.

Knowledge test sample questions (Part 1)

These questions are similar to the ones you'll be asked in Part 1 of the DQT. However, they 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?
    1. The cyclist should not have been riding in the middle of the lane
    2. The driver did not adjust their speed to the wet and foggy conditions
    3. The car’s brakes were worn out
    4. 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:
    1. Look further ahead
    2. Reduce your space cushion in heavy traffic
    3. Avoid driving on freeways
    4. Eat healthier food
  • Sample question 3: As part of a good scanning routine, drivers should check their mirrors:
    1. About every 60 seconds
    2. About every 10 to 20 seconds
    3. About every 20 to 30 seconds
    4. 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?
    1. 45%
    2. 75%
    3. 90%
    4. 30%
  • Sample question 5: Driving is:
    1. Quite safe, if you have good car control skills
    2. Safe when you get a full licence
    3. Safer than travelling by train
    4. One of the riskiest things that most people do
  • Sample question 6: The two main crash related distractions from inside the vehicle are:
    1. Smoking and mobile telephones
    2. Other passengers and adjusting the radio, stereo or CD
    3. Loose items and eating
    4. Adjusting the heater and air conditioning
  • Sample question 7: Overconfidence in your driving ability is increased whenever:
    1. You drive unsafely but don’t crash
    2. The police catch you for speeding
    3. You manage to repair your car yourself
    4. 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?
    1. Accelerate
    2. Brake hard
    3. Slow down gently
    4. Maintain speed
Sample question 8 - driving at 100km/h
  • Sample question 9: Which of the following statements about safe following distances is true?
    1. The 3-second rule applies only in good conditions
    2. Travelling closer than three seconds applies only if you have good reflexes
    3. Only Provisional drivers should use the 3-second rule
    4. 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:
    1. 0.00
    2. 0.04
    3. 0.05
    4. 0.50
  • Sample question 11: Which of the following statements is true?
    1. Fatigue related crashes are about three times less likely in rural areas than in metropolitan areas
    2. Fatigue related crashes occur most often between 8am and 11am
    3. Fatigue related crashes are about three times more likely in rural areas than in metropolitan areas
    4. 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.

Hazard perception test (Part 2) demonstration and online modules

There are 5 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.

Before you attempt the practice modules, you may like to view the demonstration. It shows two examples similar to what you might see in the real DQT, including when you might need to touch the screen.

Demonstration

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.

Practice modules

Note: You need Adobe Flash Player version 5 or above to access the modules. Please also make sure you have sound turned on, on your computer. Use the sliders to control distance. Choose a scenario from the menu where required.

Image showing the distance sliders and menus.
Use the practice modules:

Sensation Seeking Scale quiz

Here is a chance to get an idea about the sort of risk taker you are. Having this self-awareness will help you manage your risk-taking behaviours on the road.

The test is based on one developed by Professor Marvin Zuckerman from the University of Delaware.

Instructions: 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

  1. I like to have new and exciting experiences and sensations even if they are a little frightening.
    True False
  2. I like doing things just for the thrill of it.
    True False
  3. I sometimes do "crazy" things just for fun.
    True False
  4. I sometimes like to do things that are a little frightening.
    True False
  5. I enjoy getting into new situations where you can't predict how things will turn out.
    True False
  6. I'll try anything once.
    True False
  7. I prefer friends who are excitingly unpredictable.
    True False
  8. I like "wild" uninhibited parties.
    True False
  9. I would like the kind of life where one is on the move and traveling a lot, with lots of change and excitement.
    True False
  10. I am an impulsive person.
    True False
  11. I like to explore a strange city or section of town by myself, even if it means getting lost.
    True False
  12. I would like to take off on a trip with no preplanned or definite routes or timetables.
    True False
  13. Before I begin a complicated job, I make careful plans.
    True False
  14. I very seldom spend much time on the details of planning ahead.
    True False
  15. I tend to begin a new job without much advance planning on how I will do it.
    True False
  16. I usually think about what I am going to do before doing it.
    True False
  17. I often do things on impulse.
    True False
  18. I often get so carried away by new and exciting things and ideas that I never think of possible complications.
    True False
  19. I tend to change interests frequently.
    True False

      

Your score is:

Results

  • 00 - 27% = Very Low
  • 28 - 41% = Low
  • 42 - 70% = Average
  • 71 - 84% = High
  • 85 - 100% = Very High

How did you score? If you got a high score you may be more likely to speed or do other risky things on the road. Knowing this will allow you to consciously adopt a lower risk approach to driving.

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