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“I found the theory section very useful and a lot of...”

Written on: 12/10/2010

I found the theory section very useful and a lot of thought has clearly gone into showing how students are progressing.

Regarding the 'Focus' HPT software, the quality of some of the clips is poor and hazards (eg pedestrians) can't be seen until too late. Some clips just test speed of reaction eg a tractor suddenly appearing round the corner: all you can do is hit the brakes, which has nothing to do with perceiving a developing hazard. As an experienced driver, I have scored zero on many clips because I've seen things too early, which seems daft. Lastly, there is a glitch in the software, because it keeps playing the same 14 clips!

The solution for 'Focus' is to sort out their quality control. Weed out the worst quality clips, get rid of 'quick reaction' scenarios, re-check the scoring so that students are not penalised for recognising hazards early. Start creating some new scenarios now with a really good camera. Finally, sort out the DVD so that it doesn't stick. If all this was done, this would be a fantastic product.

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