Hazard Perception Test (HPT) WA Tips

Choosing a test time

Choose a time that’s convenient for you and the person taking you to the test (if applicable).

Make sure your Hazard Perception Test won’t clash with school or work commitments, as you want to be able to focus on the test. It's a good idea to take your test in the morning (before you go to work or school).  This time means you won’t have to worry about school or work and can take time to prepare without distraction. A morning test also means there will also be no pressure to finish before the testing facility closes. If you do take the test in the afternoon, remember that you must start before pm.

Bookings are not required at metropolitan licensing centres, though they may be required at regional agencies as business hours vary. You should confirm these details with your nearest Department of Transport Centre (check locations and opening hours here). 

Before the test

It’s important to get a good night’s sleep, stay hydrated, and make sure you eat before the test. Although not physically taxing, tests are often mentally draining and you want to be at your best to ensure you pass on the first go.

Make sure you’re aware of what you need to bring to the test and the test and licence fees you will have to pay. These administrative details can be found on the Department of Transport website.

Sitting the test

When you sit the test, try to remain calm. Using the Hazard Perception Test WA practice tests will have prepared you very well for the test.

When using the practice tests you would have been using a cursor and button below the video to indicate an action. It is important to note that there will not be a button to indicate an action - you will have to click a mouse without a cursor. You will want to react quickly when you believe the relevant action should be taken. This will require you to have your hand ready to click to mouse. 

Don't get worried about missing a hazard. You've been driving for long enough that you'll have developed efficient hazard perception skills and will do just fine with the test. Remember that not all of the clips require a response. In some of the clips there is no appropriate time to react (a specific example would be overtaking cyclists on a narrow road while turning corners – don’t overtake!).

If an action is required it will be very obvious. Similarly, if no action is required it will be very obvious. 

Check out the other resources available to help you pass the Hazard Perception Test and get your provisional licence (Red Ps):

For comprehensive information on the provisional licence and WA Hazard Perception Test, please refer to the Department of Transport website. The above information is a summary of this content and although current when published may now be outdated. To ensure you are accessing the most current and accurate information, use the DoT website or visit your nearest Department of Transport centre.