The Driver Qualification Test (DQT) is a touch-screen, computer-based test, made up of two parts:
Part 1 is a knowledge test that assesses your knowledge of road safety issues. It is 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 contained in the Driver Qualification Handbook.
Part 2 is a hazard perception test that assesses your ability to recognise hazards and respond appropriately. It is based on the driving situations that lead to the five most common crash types for new full licence holders in NSW.
The DQT is therefore a bit like a test made up an advanced version of the Driver Knowledge Test (DKT) that you passed to obtain your Learner licence, and the Hazard Perception Test (HPT) that you passed to obtain your P2 licence. However the DQT is more challenging than the DKT or the HPT. You will need to study the Driver Qualification Handbook carefully to help you pass.
Applicants have an option to listen to the test instructions and questions though a set of headphones.
Language options/applicants with special needs
The DQT is also available in Arabic, Chinese, Croatian, Greek, Korean, Serbian, Spanish, Turkish and Vietnamese. The Driver Qualification Handbook is available on Roads and Maritime Services (replacing Roads and Traffic Authority) website in the same languages (from June 2003).
Test applicants requiring an interpreter for languages other than those listed and/or applicants with special needs should discuss and make arrangements with the Motor Registry Manager or call Roads and Maritime Services (replacing Roads and Traffic Authority) on 13 22 13.
When to take the DQT
You can attempt the DQT when you have held your Provisional P2 licence for a minimum of 24 months. However, you should not feel under any pressure to attempt the test immediately. You may continue to drive on your P2 licence for a further 6 months provided the licence remains current, or longer if the licence is renewed. You should only attempt the DQT when you are ready, that is when you have studied the Driver Qualification Handbook and applied the information to your driving.
Where to take the DQT
The DQT can be undertaken at any Roads and Maritime Services (replacing Roads and Traffic Authority) motor registry or testing agency. You can book for the DQT:
- Online at myTests (see related link above right).
- By calling Roads and Maritime Services (replacing Roads and Traffic Authority) Call Centre at 13 22 13
- By attending a motor registry or agency in your area
A fee is charged each time you sit for the DQT. For more information check the rest of this website or call Roads and Maritime Services (replacing Roads and Traffic Authority) on 13 22 13.