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PDI Driving instructor Training - PART1

Part 1 of your PDI training is all about driving theory and hazard perception, and should be supported by studying the following publications, all of which will be provided as part of the Part 1 training cost.

  • The Driving Instructor's Handbook (21st Edition)

  • Practical Teaching Skills for Driving Instructors (11th Edition)

  • Driving the essential skills

  • The Official Highway Code

  • Know Your Traffic Signs

  • The Official DVSA Guide to Learning to Drive

  • DVD - Hazard Perception and Theory Questions

Once study is complete and you are scoring consistently at the pass rate for the Theory and Hazard Perception Test, then you should book your part 1 test.  The pass mark is 85% for both the theory and hazard perception elements of the theory test.  Below is the breakdown of the DVSA theory test

One hours of support with hazard perception training will be given as part of the Part 1 training costs

Multiple-choice questions

You have 1 hour and 30 minutes to answer 100 multiple-choice questions.


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 do not 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.

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