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Driving Aptitude Test


The Driving Precision Aptitude Test is an aptitude test that aims to detect any defect by scientifically measuring individual personality and psychological, physiological, and behavioral characteristics associated with TAP (traffic accident proneness). The purpose of the test is to prevent traffic accidents by detecting defects in the driver's aptitude and providing corrective measures and instructions.


Grounds for Implementation

  • Mandatory Test: for commercial drivers
    • - Related laws: Article 26 of the Act on the Passenger Vehicle Transportation Industry and Article 9 of the Act on the Truck Transportation Industry
    • - Major contents: Drivers engaged in the transportation industry are required to meet the qualification requirements such as age and driving career requirements and satisfy the standards of the driving precision aptitude test.
    • - Test Classification and Subjects
    Ground of Implementation
    Classification Subjects
    Initial Test Persons seeking to be employed as a commercial driver for the first time
    Special Test Among the drivers employed as commercial drivers,
    • - anyone who has caused injury whose level is higher than severe
    • - anyone whose accumulated scores—which are calculated according to annual administrative measures—are higher than 81 points
    • - anyone who is requested to take a test by his/her employer concerning his/her driving safety.
  • Voluntary Test
    • - Subjects: Workers whose main task is driving
    • - Requesting companies: school buses, public agencies (firefighters, EX (Korea Express Corporation), KOGAS (Korea Gas Corporation), (POSCO, etc.), security companies (SECOM, etc.), those on probation (violators of traffic regulations), airports (ASS aviation), military agencies (drivers), etc.
  • Test Topics and Descriptions

    - Initial Test

    Initial Test
    Factor Test Title Checklist
    Sensory Motor Factor Speed Prediction Ability to predict the speed of a moving object, level of psychological anxiousness
    Stop Distance Prediction Control skills to stop the vehicle at a proper point taking account of its acceleration. Ability to estimate spatial distances
    Attention Ability to shift, distribute and pay attention selectively,
    Depth Perception Ability to estimate distance in 3-D space
    Intellectual Factor Cognitive Faculty Visual perception inclination (field dependence or field independence)
    Perception Style Perceptive fluency, problem-solving ability
    Personality Factor Personality Individual's unique thinking and behavior style
    (mental disease/antisociality/emotional maladjustment)

    - Special test

    Special test
    Factor Test Title Checklist
    Driving Tendency Classification Weakness (visual perception, risk expectation, distribution of attention)
    Sensory Motor Factor Sensory Motor (simulation driving) Simple response and selective response skills; Ability to pay attention to visual and auditory stimuli; Ability to estimate the speed of a moving object.
    Intellectual Factor Verbal Faculty Perceptive fluency
    Reasoning Factor Ability to judge, adapt and react to a situation
    Perception Style Visual judgment
    Personality Factor Antisociality Violation, irresponsibility, violence inclination
    Neuroticism Depression, anxiety, anger, impulse inclination
    Vision Factor Kinetic Vision Kinetic vision and static vision
    Night Vision Night vision and darkness adaptability

    ※ Conduct differentiated tests depending on the weakness of the testee after classifying his/her driving inclination.

  • Test procedure
    • Apply for test

    • Conduct

      Initial, special
      • Test with machines

        Speed Prediction, Stop Distance Prediction Attention, Distance Perception

        Test with machines ex) Cognitive Faculty

      • Written Test

        Cognitive Faculty, Perception Style, Personality

        Written Test ex) Cognitive Faculty

    • Judge the test

    • Issue a

  • Test Judgment
    • - Initial Test: Each test factor is judged to be either appropriate or inappropriate (passed if all of the test factors receive more than 50 points).
    • - Special Test: No judgment is made, but every testee is required to attend a corrective training course after the test.
  • Corrective Training
    • - Corrective Training by Tester
      • Subjects: Testee who does not pass the initial test and testees from the special test
      • Training contents: Training to correct the defects found during the test
    • - Corrective training by a transportation company (road safety manager or trainer from the transportation company)
      • Subjects: All employees
      • Training contents: Operate the corrective training by connecting with a selected training course by defective items.
    • - Test operation system

      Test operation system


Classification Initial Special Training
2005 140k 40k 40k
2006 120K 30K 30K
  • Initial Test: Mandatory test for commercial drivers
    • - Special Test: Test for drivers who have caused one or more accidents with serious consequences such as deathor severe injury
    • - Corrective Training: Training to correct the weaknesses discovered during the driving aptitude test
  • Test Efficiency
    • - Traffic Accidents Prevention
      • Prediction of traffic accidents: 11.9% (Psychology Institute in Seoul National University 2006.12) Decrease of social costs
      • Every year, traffic accident costs (about 112 billion KRW) decrease thanks to the prevention of traffic accidents.
      • Based on the results of an internal study conducted by a transportation company (Korean Express Co., Ltd.), annual savings of over 5 billion KRW are realized.