ADI Part 1

In order to become an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI), it is essential that you successfully complete an examination which contains 3 distinct sections.

ADI Part 1 is a theory test.

Explanation of the Process

When you come to face the ADI part 1, you will be faced with a 2 part theory test comprising –

  • Multiple choice
  • Hazard perception

In order to proceed, you must successfully complete both parts of the test in the same sitting. If you fail either part you must re-sit the full test in order to proceed.

The multiple choice portion of the test will be delivered using a touch screen computer and the hazard perception portion of the test will be completed using a computer mouse.

The hazard perception test is the same for each vehicle category; however the pass mark will be different depending on which vehicle category test you are doing.

For more details on the 2 different parts of the test please see below.

Multiple Choice Section

The multiple choice section of the test will last for approximately 90 minutes although you will be given the option to work through a practice session lasting 15 minutes before you start the real thing.

In the first portion of the ADI Part 1, you will be asked 100 questions which are split into four different bands. For each question that you are posed, you will be given 4 possible answers from which you must choose. To answer the question you will have to touch the screen to select your chosen answer.

Successful Completion

To successfully complete this test you must answer at least 85 questions correctly in total with a minimum of 20 correct answers in each band.

Once you have completed the multiple choice section of the test, you will be given the option of a 3 minute break before moving on to the –

Hazard Perception Section

At the beginning of the Hazard Perception section of the test, you will be shown a tutorial video which shows a selection of test clips and a recorded explanation of how the test works.

The actual test consists of 14 video clips with each one lasting approximately 1 minute and containing at least 1 hazard. The clips feature normal driving situations which involve other road users. As soon as you see a hazard developing which may result in you as the “driver” taking action, such as changing speed or direction, you press the mouse button.

Successful Completion

Each test contains 15 hazards. You can score up to 5 marks for each developing hazard. The marking for each score able hazard depends on how early in the clip you detect the hazard. If you fail to respond within the scoring area of the clip, you will score 0 points.

It is important to note that if you try to cheat the test by continually pressing the mouse throughout the clips in the hope of getting some points, a warning message will appear advising that you responded to the clip in an unacceptable manner and you will score 0 points. What matters is when you click on the mouse. It does not matter where on the screen you click. You must score at least 57 out of 75 to pass this part of the test. Additional facilities will be available for people with special needs.

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