The first of the qualifying exams is the Part 1 Theory Test which consists of 100 Multiple Choice Theory Questions and the Hazard Perception Test.

After completing your training and then spending some time reading up on Theory, using the Freetrain publications, you will be fully equipped and ready to take the first step in becoming an Approved Driving Instructor.

At this point and with the agreement of your Personal Trainer, you will need to book a Part 1 Test with the Driving Standards Agency.

The overall pass mark is 85% or more but each of the four bands must be passed with a minimum of 80%.

With our Approved Training Methods we have had many students scoring 98, 99 and 100%, which proves what is achievable by training, application and dedication.

The Hazard Perception Test must be passed at the same time as the multiple choice theory questions. The pass mark is 57 out of a possible 75.

The Part 1 Test is carried out at selected venues throughout the United Kingdom. The Test uses a modern touch screen method and 15 minutes is allocated to allow candidates time to familiarise themselves with the system.

If you have any questions or queries regarding the Part 1 exam your Personal Trainer will only be too happy to discuss these matters with you. Your Freetrain Personal Trainer is there to help you in your training to become a Qualified Driving Instructor.

MULTIPLE CHOICE

This Test uses a modern touch screen method and 15 minutes is allocated to allow candidates time to familiarise themselves with the system.

The Multiple Choice Questions are banded in four categories.

  • Road Procedure.
  • Traffic Signs and Signals, Car Control, Pedestrians, Mechanical Knowledge.
  • Driving Test, Disabilities, the Law.
  • Publications and Instructional Techniques.

EXAMPLE QUESTION

“What is the maximum speed limit for cars on a dual carriageway.”

1. 40 mph
2. 50 mph
3. 60 mph
4. 70 mph

In this example, the correct answer is number 4 – 70 mph

HAZARD PERCEPTION

In today’s world of motoring should you decide to become a Qualified Driving Instructor, an LGV or PCV driver or even a Learner Driver, you will have to take the Hazard Perception Test. This is carried out in conjunction with the Multiple Choice Test, using the same computer technology.

The Hazard Perception Test consists of 14 video clips each with a duration of about one minute. The clips feature various types of hazards such as vehicles, pedestrians and road conditions. You respond, when sighting a hazard that may result in driver action, by clicking the mouse.

The Test contains 15 scoreable hazards and candidates can score up to 5 marks for each hazard. The Test Pass is 57 out of a possible 75.

Full Training on Hazard Perception is given on the Driving Instructors Training Course, details of which can be obtained from your Local Trainer at Interview.

You will need to pass both parts of the Part 1 Theory Test (i.e. Hazard perception and Multiple Choice) at the same time to obtain an overall pass mark before moving on to the next stage in the process of becoming a Qualified Driving Instructor.

Whats Next?

Once you have successfully completed the Theory Test you can move on to the next stage of becoming a Qualified Driving Instructor which is the Driving Ability Test

Taking the Driving Instructor Part One Theory Test