Could you still pass your theory test?
We asked members of the public the most common incorrectly answered theory test questions.
About the ADI Part 1 Theory Test
The Part 1 theory test is the first of 3 tests you have to pass to qualify as an ADI. There are 2 parts to the theory test:
- multiple-choice questions
- hazard perception - a video test about spotting hazards on the road
Multiple Choice Questions
You have 1 hour and 30 minutes to answer 100 multiple-choice questions.
Before the test starts you’ll get:
There are 25 questions in each of these 4 categories:
A question and several possible answers appear on a screen. You have to select the right answer.
Leaving a question.
You can ‘flag’ questions that you want to come back to later.
Changing your answers.
You can go back to any question to review and change your answer at any point.
Multiple-choice questionsThe questions in the theory test are based on:
You study these to learn the rules and skills you’ll be tested on. You can buy them online or from most high street bookshops.
You finish the multiple-choice questions part when you’ve answered all of the questions. You don’t have to use the full 1 hour and 30 minutes. You can have a break of up to 3 minutes before the hazard perception test starts.
NB: This video gives a lower number of questions and pass mark for a learner driver theory test pass. The ADI Part 1 Theory test is the same test but with 100 questions and a higher required pass mark. Click the Free Guide button for more detail on the pass mark required.
Tips for helping you learn
There are lots of tricks you can use to help you learn what you’ll need to know for your test. Here are a few ideas.
It might be a while since you did any studying so allow yourself plenty of time to find out what works best for you.
The Hazard Perception Test
Preparing for the hazard perception test
This part of the test checks you can recognise and respond to hazards that could happen while you’re driving. Being out on the road with your trainer will help you prepare for this part. There’s also ‘The Official DVSA Guide to Hazard Perception', an interactive DVD that will help you learn to recognise hazards, know what to do when you see a hazard and practice for the test.
Before you start the hazard perception test, you’ll be shown a video about how it works. You’ll then watch 14 CGI (Computer generated) video clips.
The clips feature everyday road scenes containing at least one ‘developing hazard’. One of the clips features 2 developing hazards.
You get points for spotting the developing hazards as soon as they start to happen.
What's a ‘Developing Hazard’?
A developing hazard is something that would cause you to take action, like changing speed or direction. For example a car is parked at the side of the road and isn’t doing anything. It wouldn’t cause you to take action, so it’s not a developing hazard.
When you get closer, the car’s right-hand indicator starts to flash and it starts to move away. You’d need to
slow down, so it’s now a developing hazard.
How the scoring works
You can score up to 5 points for each developing hazard.
To get a high score, click the mouse as soon as you see the hazard starting to develop.
You don’t lose points if you click and get it wrong. However, you won’t score anything if you click continuously or in a pattern. You only get one attempt at each clip. You can’t review or change your responses.
Here's a video that explain what you need to do.
Getting your results
You’ll be given your results shortly after you’ve finished the theory test. If you pass, you’ll be given a form to apply for your Part 2 the driving ability test.If you don’t pass the theory test, you can reapply immediately but you may want to take some time to do some more preparation before you retake the test.
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