The Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) Part 1 test is a theory test. It’s the first of 3 tests you have to pass to qualify as an ADI.
The Part One Test of Theory and Hazard Perception test is in 2 parts; all done in the same 90 minute test.

Multiple Choice

You will be asked 100 questions. These are split into 4 sections and you will be asked 25 from each section.

The 4 categories are:

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

The question and several possible answers will appear on a computer screen. Some will need more than one answer.

You must get 20 in each section with a total of 85 across the 4 sections.

Hazard Perception

You will be shown a series of 14 video clips. Each clip has a series of potential hazards and you must click to identify you have seen a potential hazard.
One hazard will make you change speed, course or direction. This is a scoring hazard. You are scored from 5 down to 1 point. The sooner you identify the hazard, the higher the score.
One clip will have 2 scoring hazards.
You can score a maximum of 75 but need 57 to pass.


You may take this test as many times as you like.
You must pay the DVSA £81 for this test.

DVSA Part 1 Video


The DVSA have yet to publish the latest video – coming soon (they say!)

DVSA Hazard Perception Video

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