During the Q-SAFE practical driving test an examiner will direct you where to drive and record your performance. The number and type of errors during driving tasks will determine your overall test result. Errors in your performance are scored as follows:

Non-critical driving errors

A non-critical driving error does not by itself compromise the safety of road users or the safe operation of the car. If you accumulate 9 or more non-critical driving errors during the test, you will complete the full test however your overall result will be ‘unsuccessful’.

Specific repeated driving errors

A specific repeated driving error is recorded if you accumulate a specified number of non-critical driving errors for specific individual performance checks such as signalling and road positioning. Repeatedly demonstrating a lack of skill or ability in a certain area indicates you are not ready to drive safely on your own. If you accumulate one specific repeated driving error over the course of the test, you will complete the full test however your overall test result will be ‘unsuccessful’.

Critical driving errors

A critical driving error compromises the safety of road users or indicates a lack of skill or ability as defined by specific scoring criteria for most of the performance checks. If you accumulate one critical driving error the test will be terminated.

General critical driving errors

A general critical driving error compromises the safety of road users or indicates a lack of skill or ability but is not related to the specific performance checks. If you accumulate one general critical driving the test is terminated. They include actions or situations that:

  • Cause examiner intervention (verbal or physical) to prevent a dangerous situation
  • Require the examiner to assist you through any part when it becomes necessary because of safety concerns or inadequate time
  • Cause a collision resulting in actual or potential damage
  • Create a dangerous situation where a road user is forced to take evasive action
  • Disobey an official direction by police, a school crossing supervisor, or an authorised traffic controller

Continue reading the Your Guide to the Q-SAFE: Practical Driving Test Summary:

1. Introduction

2. Your Test Vehicle

3. Scoring Criteria

4. Taking the Test

5. Manoeuvres

6. After the Test


Check out the other QLD Driving Test resources available to help you pass the Q-SAFE Practical Driving Test and get your provisional P1 licence (Red Ps) or, if 25 or over, P2 provisional licence (Green Ps):

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