The ADI Theory Test is made up of two parts; a multiple choice test and a hazard perception test. Both parts are taken on a computer at an approved testing centre. You need to pass both the multiple choice test and the hazard perception test at the same time to earn your pass certificate. The current Theory Test fee for ADIs is £90 so it’s essential that you are fully prepared for your test otherwise you are simply throwing your money down the drain.
Part One – Multiple choice test
Before the Theory Test begins you will be told exactly how it works, and you will have the chance to complete a short practice session so you know what to expect. At the end of the practice session, the real test will begin. During the test a question will appear on-screen along with several possible answers. You must select the correct answer by touching the screen or using the mouse. Some questions require more than one answer; this will be clearly stated so it’s important to read the question properly. You will be asked 100 questions in 90 minutes. If you’re unsure of an answer to a question, you can ‘flag’ it and come back to it. The overall pass mark for this section of the test is 85 out of 100. However, you must achieve a minimum score of 20 out of 25 in each of the question bands:
- Road procedure
- Traffic signs and signals, car control, pedestrians, mechanical knowledge
- Driving test, disabilities, law
- Publications, instructional techniques
The purpose of this banding is to ensure that candidates have a comprehensive knowledge across the whole syllabus. Therefore, this means that you can still achieve an overall mark of 85 but still fail the test because you have not achieved the minimum pass mark of 80 in one of the bands.
At the end of the test
When you have finished the test you may leave the examination room. Once you have left the room, you can not re-enter. You will then be given your result letter by a member of the test centre staff. The result letter tells you if you have passed or failed, and it gives you feedback on your test. You will be told in which topics you answered questions incorrectly, so if you haven’t passed you know which sections you need to revise more thoroughly.