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Part 1 - Driving Instructor Training with 4front Driving School

Part 1 - Driving Instructor Training with 4front Driving School

It’s the first of 3 tests you have to pass to qualify as an ADI. It’s a theory test.

There are 2 parts to your Part 1 test:

  • multiple-choice questions

  • hazard perception - a video test about spotting hazards on the road

You book and take them as a single test. You must pass both parts to pass the test.

Multiple-choice questions

You have 1 hour and 30 minutes to answer 100 multiple-choice questions. You need to get 80% score in each category Before the test starts you’ll get:

  • instructions on how the test works

  • the chance to do some practice questions to get used to the screens

How the test works There are 25 questions in each of these 4 categories:

  • road procedure

  • traffic signs and signals, car control, pedestrians and mechanical knowledge

  • driving test, disabilities, and the law

  • publications and instructional techniques

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. When you’ve finished You can 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. Hazard perception test Before you start the hazard perception test, you’ll be shown a video about how it works. You’ll then watch 14 video clips. The clips:

  • feature everyday road scenes

  • contain at least one ‘developing hazard’ - but one of the clips features 2 developing hazards

You get points for spotting the developing hazards as soon as they start to happen. What a ‘developing hazard’ is A developing hazard is something that would cause you to take action, like changing speed or direction. 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.

Recommended App and resources to train for your part 1.

DTS Anytime is an easy-to-use online training solution that contains everything you could possibly need to prepare and pass your trainee ADI Multiple Choice Theory Test and Hazard Perception Test.

I would also recommend some of the apps we use with our learner drivers and suggest you purchase some theory books such as the official DVSA guide.

Other Apps and resources


Once Completed Once you have completed Part 1 we advise you undergo some driver training to get you prepared for part 2. Most drivers develop habits over the years that need to be ironed out. You only get 3 attempts at this part otherwise you have to wait 2 years before you can start again from scratch. Each attempt is costly and time consuming to you. Want to know more? Call Simon on 07905657229 or email Visit our website at

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