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Passing the ADI Theory Test: The Complete Guide (Part 1)

ADI Theory Test

If you’re thinking about becoming a driving instructor, you’ll need to pass the ADI (Approved Driving Instructor) theory test. This test is mandatory for anyone who wants to teach others how to drive a car. Once you’ve passed the theory test, you’ll only have to demonstrate your driving skills and coaching abilities. In this blog post, we’ll go over everything you need to know about the ADI theory test, including what it is, what it consists of, and what you can expect during the test.


First and foremost, it’s important to understand that the ADI theory test is not something you can be exempt from. Everyone who wants to become a driving instructor must pass it. The test is designed to assess your knowledge and understanding of the rules of the road, traffic signs, and signals, vehicle safety, and coaching techniques. It’s important to note that passing the ADI theory test is just the first step in becoming a driving instructor.


What is involved in the ADI theory test?

Similar to the process of learning how to drive, the ADI theory test consists of two components: multiple-choice questions and the ADI hazard perception test.


Multiple Choice

The multiple-choice section of the ADI test is broken down into four main categories: road procedure, traffic signs and signals, car control, and pedestrians and mechanical knowledge. 


Each category consists of 25 questions, for a total of 100 questions. The pass mark for this examination is 85/100, but in order to pass, you must also score at least 20/25 in each of the four categories. This means that even if your overall score is higher than 85/100, you may still fail if you do not score enough in each category. 


You will have a total of 1 hour and 30 minutes to answer these questions.


Hazard Perception

The second part of the ADI test is the hazard perception test. During this portion of the examination, you will watch 14 video clips featuring everyday road scenarios that contain at least one “developing hazard.” 


A developing hazard is defined as “something that would cause you to take action, like changing speed or direction.” You can score a maximum of 5 points per developing hazard, and the pass mark for this part of the examination is 57/75.


It is important to note that you must pass both the multiple-choice and hazard perception sections of the ADI test, as well as two remaining practical examinations within two years of passing the theory examination. If you do not qualify as an ADI within this time frame, you will have to start the application process again.


How much does the test cost?

The cost of the ADI theory test is higher compared to the standard theory test, currently priced at £81. While this may be considered an investment in your career as a driving instructor, it is important to take the necessary steps to increase your chances of passing the test.

It is also important to note that if you do not pass the test on the first attempt, it does not necessarily mean that you did not study enough. Nerves on the day of the test can also play a factor in the outcome. Remember that it is not uncommon to take the test multiple times before passing.


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What should I bring with me on the day of my test?

To take the ADI theory test, you will need to bring your valid driving licence, if you possess the older paper version, it will be necessary to also bring along your passport.


When will I get my theory test result?

The process of receiving your ADI theory test results is similar to when you took your learner driver theory test. Once the test is complete, you will return to the front desk where you will be informed of whether you passed or failed.


If you pass or fail, you will receive detailed information about where you performed well and where you need improvement. This information is particularly useful if you fail the test, as it will help you understand which areas you need to focus on for future attempts.


It’s important to note that your pass certificate is valid for the next two years. As long as you pass the driving test within that time frame, the Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency will not require you to retake the theory test again.

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