The Vehicle On Road Test (VORT) allows students to do a single practical road test to be eligible for a driver’s licence.
Training for the Test
Force Driving School recommends having some driving lessons to prepare for the VORT test, as the standard required to pass is very specific. The student must score 90% or better to pass the test. Unfortunately, many people who sit a VORT test without prior training tend to fail.
A driving instructor that trains a student cannot do the testing. The test must be done by another “Authorised” instructor.
Booking the Test
The VORT test’s date, time and location must be registered with the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) at least three days prior to the test date, but don’t worry, we will do this for you. Please keep in mind, however that the examiner will likely need more time than that to fit your request into their schedule. We generally recommend giving at least week’s notice to improve your change of getting the time and date you want.
If you would like to book a VORT test, click here, and you will be redirected to our booking request page. Or you can click on the links in the tabs to the right.
Re-Booking a Test
If a student fails the test they must wait a prescribed number of days before they can do it again.
- A learner driver must wait for 2 weeks
- An overseas conversion must wait 3 days
The VORT test involves a drive of approximately 45 minutes and consists of three components:
- Road Law
- 5 Low Speed Manoeuvres
- A General Drive
A student must achieve a score of at least 90% to pass the test.
100% Road Law must be obeyed at all times during the general drive, and while demonstrating the low speed manoeuvres. Any breaches will result in an instant fail.
Low Speed Manoeuvres
There are five low speed manoeuvres worth 2% each for a total of 10%. The standard for these tasks is very high and they must be demonstrated as described in detail in the “Driver’s Companion” CBT&A section (yellow section).
The low speed manoeuvres include:
- Moving Off Procedure (Tasks 3 & 9)
- U-Turn (Tasks 10 & 27)
- 3-Point Turn (Task 11)
- Angle Park (Task 12)
- Reverse Parallel Park (Task 13)
The low speed manoeuvres should be done at no more than walking speed with quick hands on the steering wheel: Roll slow, steer fast! This is harder than it sounds, requiring significant co-ordination between the hands for steering and the right foot manipulating the brake and accelerator to control the car’s speed. There are also observations, over the right/left shoulder and to the rear, to be carried out as well as the manoeuvring procedure to remember!
Click here for a list of the minimum requirements that must be met for each low speed manoeuvre.
The General Drive
The test requires that a student achieves an overall score of at least 90% (combined score of the general drive and low speed manoeuvres). It is expected that the System of Car Control will be used consistently throughout the drive.
The student must achieve a minimum of 90% to pass. The low speed manoeuvres make up 10%, that is 2% each with no partial marks (you either get the 2% or nothing). The remaining 90% is marked on the general drive.
During the VORT the assessor will be marking a recording sheet for specific items during the drive.
Here is a list of common faults to illustrate the standard that is required to pass.
Immediate Fail Items
Any breach of road law will result in an instant fail, as will having the examiner intervene either by physically taking control of the car (brake, steering) or instructing/advising the student to avoid a dangerous or embarrassing situation (eg. to avoid being left stranded in the middle of a traffic light intersection).
Here is a list of common road law breaches that result in an immediate fail.
The examiner will carefully explain the conditions of the assessment. They will give the student clear directions on where to go and what to do. If the student is unsure or simply forgets what was asked of them they may ask for the direction to be repeated or confirmed.
Any direction that is given by the examiner must only be carried out if it is safe and legal to do so. The examiner will not try to “trick” you into doing something wrong (e.g. ask to park in a no parking area) and will give you reasonable time or opportunity to carry out their directive.
The examiner is unable to provide assistance to the student during the assessment.
If the examiner must intervene such as using the dual brake, assisting with the steering or instructing the student to change their direction or speed then it is an immediate fail.
If you are unsuccessful the examiner will give you an explanation and provide you with a copy of the test-marking sheet detailing your performance. If you are a learner driver you must wait a minimum of two weeks before you can book another VORT. Overseas conversions students may re-sit the test after 3 days.
Be prepared and good luck!