The qualifying exams

The exams are taken in three seperate parts.

  • Part 1. The theory test
  • Part 2. The driving ability test
  • Part 3.  The Instructional ability test


All three are taken seperately on seperate days and cannot be applied for until you are succesful in each previous one.


The waiting lists vary, however the DVSA endeavour to keep the waiting list times low,  do not apply until you are ready, as this obviously makes the qualifying process longer.




The ADI exams

Part 1

The theory test

The test is in multiple-choice format and tests your knowledge of:-

The highway code
The rules of the road
Instructional techniques

The test for the questions will last 90 minutes, this is seperate from the time you are allowed for taking the hazard perception element of the test. Some questions may require more than one correct answer, however, the  system will  prompt you in the event that you do not give the correct amount of answers.

All answers can be flagged enabelling you to go back to the question at a later point of the test and it is also possible to change any answer if necessary.

The questions are also banded, this means you must satisfy the test that you are competent in all bands and therefore require a pass mark of 80% in each band.

The bands are as follows:-

Road procedure
Traffic signs and signals,car control,pedestrians,mechanical knowledge.
Driving test,disabilities,law.
Publications,instructional techniques.


It is possible that a candidate can reach the overall passmark of 85% but may still fail due to the fact they gained less than 80% in one of the bands. 

The hazard perception test

is a series of 14 video clips showing various hazards in various types of roads and weather conditions.

You must identify the hazard by clicking the mouse at the appropriate time. each hazard carries a maximum possible score of five points and decreases to zero at each stage that the hazard identification is delayed.


One clip however contains two possible hazards therefore carries a score ten possible points.

The ADI test requires a minimum score of 57 points. This is higher than the learner driver requirements.


To be succesful in passing both parts must be passed at the same time.


Below is a DSA video with information about taking the part 1 test.


Part 2

 The Practical driving test


The practical driving test is a thorough test of your skills and demands a level of skill which should be demonstrated throughout.

A low number of errors are tolerated .(6) however One serious error would result in  fail.

Candidates are allowed three attempts at this test, failure on three occasions will mean taking the qualifying exam again, the process can only recommence after a two year period, this date is from the date you initially passed the part one examination.


Part 3

The practical instructional ability test


You’ll be marked on 17 areas of competence that are grouped into 3 categories:

lesson planning
risk management
teaching and learning strategies

The 17 areas of competence are listed in the ADI part 3 test report form, which the examiner will fill in at the end of your test.

You’ll get a score from 0 to 3 for each of the 17 competencies, which are added up to work out if you’ve passed the test, and what your grade will be.


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