Before you can book your theory test – you need to be registered to start your application process www.gov.uk/become-car-driving-instructor
The (ADI) Part 1 test is a theory test that takes approximately 1 hour 30 minutes to complete and has within this the test two modules:
Multiple Choice Questions:
You will be asked 100 questions in total, 25 will be in each of the following categories:
- Traffic signs and signals, car control, pedestrians and mechanical knowledge
- The driving test, disabilities, and the law
- Publications and instructional techniques
- A question and several possible answers appear on a screen. You have to select the right answer.
A question and several possible answers appear on a screen. You have to select the right answer.
Leaving a question
You can ‘flag’ questions that you want to come back to later.
Changing your answers
You can go back to any question to review and change your answer at any point.
When you have finished
You can finish the multiple-choice questions part when you’ve answered all of the questions. You don’t have to use the full 1 hour and 30 minutes.
You can have a break of up to 3 minutes before the hazard perception test starts.
The Hazard Perception Test:
You will at first be shown a video clip explaining how the test will work. It is very similar to the learner hazard perception test that you may have taken as anew driver only with a little more required.
After this you will be shown 14 videos that show everyday road scenes, 13 of these clips will have one developing hazard but one of the clips will feature 2 developing hazards.
You get points for recognising developing hazards giving a maximum of 75 available points. You will need 57 points to pass this section of your test.
What is a ‘developing hazard?’
A developing hazard is something that would cause you to take action, like changing speed or direction.
For example, a car is parked at the side of the road and isn’t doing anything. It wouldn’t cause you to take action, so it’s not a developing hazard. When you get closer, the car’s right-hand indicator starts to flash and it starts to move away. You’d need to slow down, so it’s now a developing hazard.
How the scoring works
You can score up to 5 points for each developing hazard.
To get a high score, click the mouse as soon as you see the hazard starting to develop.
You don’t lose points if you click and get it wrong. However, you won’t score anything if you click continuously or in a pattern.
You only get one attempt at each clip. You can’t review or change your responses.
Pass mark and test result
You will get your result at the test centre after taking the test. You must pass both parts to pass the test.
To pass the multiple-choice part, you must get both:
- An overall score of at least 85 out of 100
at least 20 out of 25 in each of the 4 categories of questions
You’ll fail if you get an overall score of 85 or higher, but don’t score high enough in each of the 4 categories.
To pass the hazard perception part, you need to score at least 57 points out of 75.
When you pass
You’ll get a pass certificate letter if you pass the test. You’ll need this when you book and take your approved driving instructor (ADI) part 2 test.
Your pass certificate number lasts for 2 years. You must qualify as an ADI in that time; otherwise you’ll have to start the application process again.
Should you fail
You will get a letter at the test centre. It will tell you which parts you didn’t score enough points on so you know what to practise.
You must book and take the full test again.
You have to wait at least 3 working days before you can take the test again.
You must pass both parts in the same sitting in order to pass the Part 1 exam. There is no limit to how many times you can take the test.
When you pass your Part 1 exam you have 2 years available to qualify as an ADI. If you take longer than the 2 years you will need to take your Part 1 exam again.
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