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Why do I need to sit the test?
Prior to applying for a Game Licence to hunt game ducks, you need to pass the Waterfowl Identification Test (WIT). The requirement to pass the WIT ensures that only those hunters able to demonstrate adequate waterfowl identification skills are permitted to hunt game ducks in Victoria. This helps reduce the number of protected non-game species shot by mistake.
It is advisable that applicants study before the test, otherwise you will not be able to pass the WIT.
The best way to prepare is to view the Duck Wise education video for free which can be found on the GMA’s website (http://www.gma.vic.gov.au/education/duck-wise)
Once you feel you are confident in identifying waterbirds you should complete the free online practice test which allows you to familiarise yourself with the testing procedure (http://www.gma.vic.gov.au/Licensing/apply-for-a-game-licence/waterfowl-identification-test/waterfowl-identification-practice-test)
There is no refund for applicants who do not attend the test they are booked into. The applicant will need to book into another test and pay a new fee to sit the test on another date.
If you can not attend the test date you have booked into you will need to notify the GMA at least 5 working days prior to the test date in order to move your test date or obtain a refund.
What does the test involve?
The test consists of 22 multiple-choice questions. Including ID checks and discussions, the test takes approximately 45 minutes. The test is viewed on a TV Screen and the procedure is explained by an example prior to the actual test. A species of waterfowl is viewed for approximately five seconds and applicants have 20 seconds to select an answer and prepare for the next question.
A practice test is available online which allows you to familiarise yourself with the testing procedure (http://www.gma.vic.gov.au/Licensing/apply-for-a-game-licence/waterfowl-identification-test/waterfowl-identification-practice-test)
The test examines a hunter’s ability to identify species of waterfowl and determine whether they may be hunted.
During the test hunters must remain silent and seated until the video has concluded. Any applicant who speaks or copies someone else’s answers during the test will be required to leave the room and will have to re-apply to sit the test again.
Only applicants are allowed in the testing room while the test is in progress, friends and relatives must wait outside.
What do I need to bring?
Photo identification (like a driver’s or shooter’s licence) must be presented at the test session. If the applicant doesn’t bring photo identification they can not sit the test.
You need to be at least 10 years old to sit the WIT. Applicant’s under 18 who do not have photo ID need to bring along a copy of a birth certificate or birth extract.
When do I get my results?
Test results are sent out in the mail to applicants within 10 working days from the test date. Applicants who pass the test receive a Certificate of Proficiency.
A score of 75% or greater constitutes a pass, provided that the applicant also identifies at least one Freckled Duck sequence correctly.
For further information on the WIT please visit GMA’s website at http://www.gma.vic.gov.au/