ADI Part 1 – The Theory & Hazard Perception Tests
So, you’ve decided to be a driving instructor, and you’re now on the long journey to becoming a fully qualified ADI. Well done. You’ve taken the first steps on a voyage of self discovery.
The first thing you need to do is to write to the DVSA for your application pack, and to register yourself as a trainee instructor. See our become a driving instructor area for all the details you need to get your new career off to a great start.
This area of the site has all the advice you need to pass the part 1 test and get yourself off to a great start on the road to the new life you’ve been dreaming of.
We’ll try to help you pass the ADI part 1 theory test and show you the techniques you need to know to pass the ADI hazard perception test. But we need your help. E-mail us your part 1 experiences and help us to share them with the world. The trouble you have at part 1 may help a thousand people reading these pages. Help us to help you by telling us what you need to know, and by sharing your difficulties or triumphs with trainees everywhere.
The first of the exams on your route to qualification is in two parts, the ADI Theory Test and an on screen Hazard Perception Test (HPT). Both parts of the test must be taken together and you must pass both parts on the same attempt to progress towards the part two test.
Part one is entirely computer based. You will be asked 100 multiple choice questions about all aspects of driving and driver training. The questions follow a similar format to those set in the learner’s theory test but cover a much wider spread of topics including teaching practice and principles.
The questions are banded into four sections and you must score 80% in each band and achieve an overall mark of 85% to pass. This means that it is possible to get a score of 94% and still fail if you are weak in a particular band of knowledge. In order to pass Part-One you also need to attain a pass mark of 57 in the HPT. If you do not achieve this you will have to do the whole test again, including the theory test, even if you gained 85% or higher in the questions.
The HPT comprises of a selection of short videos, showing real road scenes and potential hazards. You will be tested on fourteen film clips. These clips will be chosen at random from a selection of two hundred. You will be assessed on how soon you spot and respond to the dangers shown on screen. You will watch the video clips on a computer screen and you will need to click the mouse button at the correct time to identify the developing hazard ahead.
Your ADI trainer will advise you on the study materials you will need to have the best possible chance of passing this test, although everything you need is available in our Instructor Training Publications section.
We have no hesitation in recommending the Focus series of Theory Test discs. They are superb value for money and have everything you need to pass this test. You do not need to spend hundreds of pounds on passing part 1.
Your trainer will also offer help and support, ensuring that you are fully prepared for the HPT and will guide you in your understanding of ‘developing hazards’ and the techniques used to pass.
Traditionally, trainee instructors are often simply left to pass part one with their own efforts and are then contacted by the trainers to continue with part two.
We believe that this approach misses out on vital skills that can be developed towards other parts of the qualifying process.
Part one should lay the foundations for your future knowledge of driving and teaching. We believe that you should incorporate training in hazard perception to an advanced level to prepare you for the work to come at part two and part three.
By adopting an integrated ‘holistic’ approach to ADI training, trainee instructors will develop an understanding of how the three parts of the qualifying process fit together and gain the greatest benefit from their training.
You may have as many attempts at this test as you need in order to pass.