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ADI Theory Test


Part 1 of the ADI qualification is divided into two individual tests; the Theory and the Hazard perception test. The Theory Test is delivered using a touch screen computer where your answers are recorded by either touching the screen or clicking the mouse button. The hazard perception part records your responses through the use of a computer mouse button only. In order to pass the test as whole you are required to pass both elements in one sitting, if you pass one and fail the other you will need to take both parts again.

Before the test starts you will be given instructions on how the test works and you will be also given an opportunity to go through a practice session of the multiple choice questions to get used to the layout of the test. At the end of the practice session the real test will begin.

The Theory Test

The theory test consists of 100 multiple choice questions which are divided into four sub-categories, namely:

  •  road procedure
  • traffic signs and signals, car control, pedestrians, mechanical knowledge
  • driving test, disabilities, law
  • publications, instructional techniques

Each question will have a selection of four answers out of which you are required to make a choice of the one you think is correct.

You will begin with question one and will be able to move forward and backwards through the questions as well as flag any questions which you would like to come back to later. You will have 90 minutes to answer all 100 questions and will be allowed to revisit any of the questions if you have time.

The pass mark for the theory test is 85% -that is 85 questions correctly answered. However, you must reach a minimum 80% (20 out of 25) in each of the four bands. It is therefore possible for you to get an overall mark of 85% or above but still fail the examination because you have not gained the minimum of 80% in one of the bands.

After you have clicked finished or when 90 minutes have elapsed, you will have a three minute break before the start of hazard perception part of the test. During this time you are not allowed to leave your seat.

Unlike the theory test, there are no separate versions of the test for different vehicles; each vehicle category takes the same test, however the pass mark is different for different categories of tests.

Hazard perception

After the break you will then be shown a short tutorial video clip about how the hazard perception part works.The hazard perception part is also delivered on a computer but you respond by clicking a button on the mouse. You will be presented with a series of 14 video clips which feature every day road scenes, in each clip there will be at least one developing hazard, but one of the clips will feature two developing hazards. To achieve a high score you will need to respond to the developing hazard during the early part of its development. The maximum you can score on each hazard is five. You will not be able to review your answers to the hazard perception test; as on the road, you will only have one chance to respond to the developing hazard. The pass mark for the hazard perception part of the theory test is 57 out of 75.

At the end of the test

At the end of the hazard perception part of the theory test you will be invited to answer a number of customer survey questions. You do not have to answer the questions if you do not want to, and any information given is anonymous and confidential. The survey questions do not affect the result of the test. When you have finished the test you may leave the examination room. Once you have left the room, you will not be allowed to enter it again. You will then be given your result by the test centre staff.

We provide comprehensive training and stock a wide selection of training material for both elements of part 1 test. Please contact us if you require any assistance.