Introduction to Q-Safe Driving Test

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Q-SAFE is Queensland’s current practical driving test, designed to evaluate a person’s ability to drive SAFELY and CORRECTLY in different driving situations.
Examples of driving situations: roundabouts, intersections, one way streets and so on…
It is a performance based assessment (as opposed to a competency based assessment)

The Q-Safe system is performance based. It has a set criteria based on ERRORS which are recorded by the assessor. If the learner gets too many errors (of a certain type), or certain types of errors then they will be “unsuccessful” in their assessment.
It is NOT the same as Competency Based Assessment

A performance check is an important aspect of the driving task that the examiner is required to assess.
Eg signalling, road position

An assessor CANNOT assess an applicant on an item outside of the Performance Checks.
Eg: an assessor will not ask a student to conduct an under the bonnet inspection in the assessment as it is not a Performance Check.

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’.

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.

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’.

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

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Introduction to Q-Safe Driving Test

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