ADI Part 1 Theory Test
This part of the DVSA theory test consists of 100 multiple choice questions. The test is completely computer based and you do not actually write anything down. With each question is a list of potential answers. You need to select the correct answer, or answers, by touching the appropriate area of the computer screen. You will be given about 40 minutes to complete the test.
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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.
Before you start, a video tutorial will explain how the test works and what you have to do. You will be given the opportunity to do some practice questions to make sure you are comfortable with the computer screens.
You move from one question to the next by touching the buttons at the bottom of the screen. To select an answer you press the button on the screen which is next to it. The answer will then be highlighted with a blue background. To deselect an answer simply touch the answer button on the screen again. This will cause the highlighted blue background to disappear, and you will be free to make a different selection.
The red text in the top left hand corner will tell you how many answers to mark (i.e. to select). The red text will flash if you have not selected sufficient answers and try to move onto another screen. If you press again it will let you move on even if you still haven’t supplied sufficient answers. In this case the question will be recorded as incomplete.
You can flag a question so that you can review it later. To do this you will need to press the flag button at the bottom of the screen. This will cause the flag button to turn red.
At any point you can call up the review screen by pressing the review button. This screen enables you to check all the questions and your answers from the start of the test. Or you can just review the questions you flagged or those questions that are incomplete. You will also need to press the review button so that you can end the test. To end the test you press the end test button on the review screen.
The test will end if you run out of time. The time you have left to finish answering the questions is shown at the top right hand side of the Question And Answer screen.
Before you press on the end test button in the review screen make sure that the number of complete questions equals 100, the same as the total number of test questions.
If you haven’t answered all the questions, review those questions not fully answered or not attempted, and any that you have flagged. Incomplete questions require you to select one or more answers until you have marked the required number as indicated by the red text in the top left hand corner of the Question And Answer screen.
If you have completed all the questions in the test, and provided you have the time, it is worth the effort of reviewing all your answers again before pressing the end test button. You can do this by pressing the “Review All” button on the review screen.
Once you have completed the test you will be given the option of taking a 3 minute break before you move on to the next part of the test, the hazard perception test.