This guide to the approved driving instructor (ADI) part 1 test is the ideal preparation. It will help you revise and practice ahead of the multiple-choice questions and hazard perception test.
We explain what you need to take with you (e.g. UK photocard driving licence), ADI theory test procedures, and how the pass mark and test result works.
The section on becoming an ADI explains how to book your approved driving instructor theory test.
Keep in mind, before you can book it, you need to have your application to start the ADI qualifying process already accepted.
The ADI test part 1 is all about theory. It is the first of three tests you must pass to qualify as an approved driving instructor.
There are two (2) separate parts to the ADI theory test. The first is multiple-choice questions and the second part is the hazard perception (tested by a video).
Despite containing two modules, you should book and take it as one single test. But, you will need to pass both sections to pass the approved driving instructor theory test.
After booking the ADI part 1 test you can use the GOV.UK website to check, change, or cancel your instructor theory test (e.g. if you lose the booking confirmation).
The same link also works for checking, changing, or cancelling the DVSA enhanced rider scheme trainer theory test.
You should use the same process to rebook an ADI part 1 test (e.g. if you failed and want to resit it). The new date must be at least three (3) working days after the previous sitting.
The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) can help you book your theory test (e.g. if you cannot provide them with an email address).
DVSA Booking Support
Telephone: 0300 200 1122
Monday to Friday: 8am to 4pm
Note: Some of the procedures for the Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) Part 1 Test differ in Northern Ireland.
There are several ways to achieve meaningful theory test revision and practice, such as using government publications, books, and free computer software.
The DVSA driving instructor theory test contains multiple-choice questions based on these resources:
Note: Using these study books will help you revise the driving rules and skills that you will be tested on. You can buy them online or from large book stores.
You can buy 'The Official DVSA Guide to Hazard Perception' to help you prepare for this particular test. The guide is also for sale in these two other formats:
Note: It is also available as an interactive DVD from most online book shops and reputable high street stores.
Remember to take your UK photocard driving licence with you. Take the photocard and paper counterpart licence if your licence is from Northern Ireland.
Note: Failing to bring the correct things to your theory test can result in a cancellation. In this case, you would not get a refund of the money.
You can replace a provisional licence online with the DVLA if yours is lost, damaged, or stolen. But, keep in mind that it can take up to two (2) weeks to get a replacement driving licence.
Take a valid passport with you, along with your paper licence, if you do not have the photocard type. But, you would need to get a photocard licence if you do not have a valid passport.
Note: It would be necessary to change your theory test date if the new licence does not arrive in time.
The examiners will not allow you to take personal items into the test room. The personal possessions that you must store in a locker, includes:
The staff members at the test centre staff will check to see whether you have anything with you that may be used to cheat the result. Not allowing them to check means your test would not go ahead as planned.
Cheating in the ADI theory test is illegal and can result in a prison sentence and a ban from driving.
You will get ninety (90) minutes to answer one hundred (100) multiple-choice questions. Before you begin answering any of the questions, you will get:
There will be twenty five (25) questions presented in four (4) categories:
During the actual exam, a question and several possible answers will appear on a computer screen in front of you. Your task is to use the 'mouse' to select the correct answer.
You can choose to leave a question if you are unsure about which answer to select. It means you can 'flag' the question and return to it later (if you have time).
Providing there is enough time, you will have an opportunity to go back to any question. You will then be able to review and change the answer at that point.
The multiple choice test finishes when you have answered all 25 questions (or the time runs out). There is no need to use all 90 minutes if you finish beforehand.
Note: You can take a short break after finishing the multiple choice questions (up to three minutes) before moving on to the start of the hazard perception test.
You will get an opportunity to watch a video explaining how the hazard perception test works before you start. Then, you will watch fourteen (14) video clips that:
Note: You receive points for identifying developing hazards as soon as they start to happen in the videos.
Note: The short DVSA video [1:26 seconds] shows an example of a developing hazard (e.g. something that would cause you to take action while driving, such as changing direction or speed).
Each developing hazard you spot can earn you up to five (5) points. So, you should get a higher score by clicking the mouse as soon as you identify the hazard beginning to develop.
Note: You only get one (1) attempt to spot the hazards on each clip (you cannot review or change responses). You will not lose any points for clicking and getting it wrong. But, you will score nothing for continuous clicks or clicking in a pattern.
As soon as you finish the two parts of the theory test at the test centre you will get your result. You need to pass both parts to get a pass mark on the combined tests.
To pass the multiple choice questions you need:
Note: If you get an overall score of 85 or higher, but you fail to score high enough in each of the 4 categories, you would NOT pass.
To pass the hazard perception part, you need:
After passing the driving instructor theory exam, the test centre will present you with a pass certificate letter. You need it to book and take the approved driving instructor (ADI) part 2 test.
Note: Pass certificate numbers stay valid for two (2) years. You would need to pass a theory test again if you do not take your ADI driving test in the two year period.
After failing the theory exam, the test centre will give you a letter informing you which parts you failed to score enough points on. Thus, you would know which parts to revise and practice for next time.
You would need to book the full theory test again (and pay the fee again) even if you passed one of the parts on this particular occasion. You would need to wait at least three (3) working days before resitting it.
When you make the booking, you can make a request to hear the test questions through headphones (in English or Welsh). They will allow you to listen to the questions, and the possible answers, as many times as necessary.
People with reading difficulties can get certain other types of support, such as extra time to take the multiple-choice questions.
You would need to send some proof (e.g. an email, a letter, or a report from a teacher, a doctor, or a medical professional)
DVSA Theory Test Enquiries
Email: [email protected]
PO Box 1286
Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) Part 1 Test Guide for United Kingdom