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Hazard Perception

3_rsz_rsz_2stephen__resize_book_logo_2012The Hazard Perception part of the test consists of 14 video clips which include 15 developing hazards. Each of these developing hazards have a maximum mark of 5 marks, you must gain 44 out of 75 to pass your Hazard Perception part of the test

Before you start the hazard perception part, you'll be shown a short video clip about how it works.

You'll then be shown a series of video clips on a computer screen. The clips:

l feature every day road scenes

  • l contain at least one developing hazard - but one of the clips will feature two
  • developing hazards

A developing hazard is something that may result in you having to take some action, such as changing speed or direction.

How The Hazard Perception Scoring Works

The earlier you notice a developing hazard and make a response, the higher you will score. The most you can score for each developing hazard is five points.

To get a high score you need to:

  • l respond to the developing hazard during the early part of its development
  • l press the mouse button as soon as you see a hazard developing

If you click continuously or in a pattern during a clip a message will appear at the end. It will tell you that you have scored zero for that particular clip.

The Difference Between A Potential And Developing Hazard

When you approach a parked car, you notice that its right-hand indicator starts to flash. This would make you think that the driver of the car is going to move away. The hazard is now developing and a response at this point would score marks.

The indicator coming on is a sign that the car has changed from a potential hazard into a developing hazard.

When you get closer to the car, you'll probably see it start to move away from the side of the road. You should make another response at this point.

At the end of your theory test

When you have finished the test you can leave the test room, but you won't be able to go back in. You'll then be given your result by the test centre staff.

Your Theory Test Pass Certificate

If you pass your theory test, you'll get a pass certificate/confirmation letter. You'll need this when you book and take your practical test, so it's important that you keep it safe.

Your theory test pass certificate last for two years. If you have not passed your practical test  within this time you will need to take and pass the theory test again.