Learner’s & Drive Test Guide

Once enrolled at V.I.P. Driving School, we will encourage you to attempt a Practice Test, whereby we will take you to an exact test route (one of many) and have a written assessment of your performance. If you can pass this test, you are ready to undertake the real driving test. This is an important aspect of an efficient driving school and our aim is to take you once you are ready and our goal is for you to pass the first time! So you can recommend us to your family and friends.

Read more about Passing Your Drive Test

What do I need to know to pass my Vic Roads driving test?

No doubt this question is uppermost in your mind. The following information is a guide assist you with the driving test and what is required of you to pass this test.

What tests must I pass to get my licence?

You will need to pass the following tests:

  • A computerised hazard perception test where you will be required to identify road hazards on videos of simulated driving conditions.
  • An eyesight check.
  • A practical driving test which is 30 to 50 minutes in duration. This includes a “pre-drive” check.

What will I need to bring?

You will need to bring the following:

  • Proof of your identity and proof of your current address
  • Appointment number and/or appointment receipt. (Your instructor will provide this.)
  • A currently registered, roadworthy vehicle in clean condition, maintaining a comfortable temperature and fitted with ‘L’ plates. (At VIP our vehicles comply with requirements).
  • Payment for your licence (check Vic roads website for all their licence fees.) Overseas applicants must also provide proof of their overseas licence, which must be accompanied by English translation, for example, an International Driver Permit. If not, an English translation by a qualified translator is required.
  • Logbook complete with 120 hours. Not applicable for anyone over 21yesrs of age.

What will I be assessed on?

During your driving test, your testing officer will give you simple, clear instructions such as “At the next street, turn right.” If you are unsure of an instruction, you may ask for it to be repeated.’

Your driving test will be marked as follows: 

  • YES when you do something correctly
  • NO when you do not do something correctly
  • N/A if road or traffic conditions mean you cannot perform the expected behaviour

Your driving skills will be assessed against a performance checklist for which you must get a YES for at least 80% to pass the test and obtain your licence. The performance list is as follows:

  1. Pre-Drive Check

You must know where these controls are and how to use them:

  • Indicators and brake lights*
  • Wiper/washer control(s)*
  • Horn*
  • Headlights – high/low beam*
  • Hazard lights*
  • Seatbelt*
  • Demister
  • Handbrake

* If any of these controls are not in proper working order, the test cannot proceed. All our Fleet have easy to reconise controls. You must be able to turn on the engine.

  1. Driving In Traffic

During the drive, your testing officer (L.T.O) will check that you do the following:


You must check the mirrors ( internal & external ) immediately before signalling and before braking.


You must signal long enough to give sufficient warning to other drivers and pedestrians before turning, and for at least 5 seconds if merging into traffic or changing lanes. At roundabouts, you must keep signalling whilst driving in the roundabout. You must cancel your signal immediately after turning or diverging.

Lane Change

Before merging or diverging into traffic or changing lanes, you must do a head check(blindspot) by turning your head and looking through the appropriate side window to check for other road users in your blind spots. You must maintain reasonable progress and ensure a safe gap in the traffic.


You must apply the brake smoothly using brakes only.

Position Stop

You must stop the car within 2 metres of the stop line at a stop sign. You must not stop with the front wheels on or in front of the stop line. If there is no stop line, you must stop as close as practical to, but before the stop sign or intersection.


At intersections, you must slow down, look in the correct direction(s) and react correctly to other vehicles and pedestrians.


When turning, you must drive in the correct lane or position on the road and follow all road markings and traffic lane arrows.


You must travel at a suitable speed for the conditions but not above the speed limit.

Position on the Road

Your car must travel entirely within the lane markings of the correct lane or in the correct lane of traffic.

Car Control

You must control the vehicle correctly using the steering wheel, gears and clutch (manual transmission) brakes, accelerator and proper handbrake usage.

Safety Margin

You must keep an acceptable safety margin (distance) when following other vehicles accordance with road conditions, amount of traffic and other hazards.

  1. Low Speed Manoeuvers

Reverse Parking & Three point Turn

This aspect of the assessment will test your control of the car at low speed including the reverse parallel parking or the three point u-turn.

You will be asked to do one of these two during your driving assessment:

Reverse Parallel Parking

You will be required to pull up next to a legally parked vehicle and asked to reverse into the space behind the vehicle.

You must:

  • Look in the direction of travel before and during reversing
  • Position your car parallel to the kerb within 300mm and be between 1 and 2 metres from the car in front
  • Not reverse back further than 7 metres from the vehicle in front
  • Use no more than 4 and no less than 2 movements to enter the space and no more than 4 to leave it
  • Signal and do a head check before leaving the space

Three Point Turn

You will be asked to make a three point turn (turn your car around) on a road which is not as wide as your car’s turning circle. You should be able to complete this manoeuvre in three movements:

You must:

  • Put on your left signal before stopping at the kerb
  • Position your car parallel to and within 300mm of the kerb before starting the turn
  • Put on your right signal before leaving the kerb
  • Look in both directions before commencing the turn
  • Proceed across the road to the opposite kerb
  • Look in both directions along the road before reversing
  • Look in the direction of travel before and during reversing
  • After reversing, look in both directions before moving off

For you to pass the low speed manoeuvre aspect, you should not:

  • Take longer than 2 minutes to complete the manoeuvre
  • Mount the kerb
  • Finish positioning your car with the front and/or left wheels more than 1 metre from the kerb
  • Take more than 5 movements to complete the three point turn
  • Reverse any part of your car over the centre of the road during the reverse parallel park

What are immediate failures?

You will be failed immediately if you do anything deemed illegal or unsafe. For example:

Driving In Traffic 

  • Red traffic control signal
  • Stop sign and/or stop line
  • School crossing with the flags or signs displayed when any pedestrian is on the crossing

Position after stopping:

If you stop at a location that placed another road user in a dangerous situation.

Colliding with: 

  • Another vehicle
  • A pedestrian
  • An object such as rubbish bin or pole placed on or near the road

Dangerous actions such as: 

  • Requiring emergency braking or swerving by another driver, or dodging by a pedestrian to prevent collision
  • Requiring your instructor or testing officer to come to your aid in controlling the car
  • Driving any wheel over the kerb or onto the footpath
  • Committing any driving fault which causes immediate danger to any person or property
  • Lack of control to the point where the testing officer believes continuing the assessment would be dangerous
  • Improper action causing collision of other vehicles in the immediate vicinity

Speed Limits

Exceeding 5kph over the speed limit.

  • Driving over the speed limit for more than 5 consecutive seconds from when speeding is verified.
  • Speeding during school times at marked school zones.

Slow Driving

  • Driving too slowly without reason continuously for more than 10km/h under the speed limit.

Completion of the Test

On completion of the test, you will be given a copy of your results. The “Improvement Needed” section will identify your strengths and your weaknesses. This feedback will provide you with the opportunity to further improve your driving skills by concentrating your efforts on those weaker areas. A critical error may be recorded. Your VIP driving instructor will get you  “Test Ready” The Information on our site is derived from a brochure entitled “What you need to know about your licence assessment”, produced by VicRoads.

For information, please ask our experienced trainers or visit the VicRoads website.

VicRoads offices we cover:

City Area Carlton
459 Lygon Street, Carlton
Northern Suburbs Broadmeadows
Cnr Pearcedale Pde / Johnstone Street, Broadmeadows

8 Graduate Rd, University Hill, Bundoora

Hume City Council Building
(rear of) 7/36 Macedon St, Sunbury

Western Suburbs Melton
267 High Street, Sunshine

499 Ballarat Road, Sunshine

205 Watton Street, Werribee

Eastern Suburbs Burwood East
12 Lakeside Drive, Burwood East

Shop 1, 191 Hull Rd Mooroolbark

South Eastern Suburbs Heatherton
77 Corporate Drv

16 Princes Highway, Doveton

Shop 3, 4 Stephenson St, Pakenham

Southern Suburbs Frankston
71 Hartnett Drive, Seaford