ADI Part 1 Theory Test – what is involved

The theory test is made up of two parts; multiple choice and hazard perception.

This test will take place at your local Theory Test Centre. In order to move on to ADI Part 2 you must pass both elements of this test.  Surepass will guide and support you to ensure that you pass this test.

Multiple Choice

Before the test starts you will be given full instructions on how the test works and have the chance to do a practice test to ensure that you are familiar with the layout.

For each question four answer options will appear on screen – you simply need to select the one you think is correct. Some questions may require more than one answer. You can navigate between questions and ‘flag’ questions that you want to come back to later in the test. You will have 90 minutes to answer 100 questions which are split into four bands, each containing 25 questions:

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

The purpose of the banding is to ensure candidates have a comprehensive knowledge across the whole syllabus.

The pass mark for the multiple choice part of the theory test is 85% -that is 85 questions answered correctly. However, you must reach a minimum of 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 in one of the bands.

Once you have completed the Multiple Choice section of the test, you can choose to have a break of up to three minutes before the Hazard Perception section starts.

Hazard Perception

You will then be shown a short tutorial video of how this element of the test works.

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, and one clip 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 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.

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