Training Establishments might ask for hundreds of pounds for Part 1 training, this is OK if you get hundreds of pounds worth of training material, mock tests and tuition on how to pass your Part 1 exam. Make sure you get what you pay for.
You will need certain books, manuals and DVD’s to prepare you for your Part 1 test, someone has to pay for these, I suggest that the minimum books required are:
- The Highway Code
- Driving the Essential Skills
- The Official DSA guide to learning to drive
- The Driving Instructors Handbook
- Know Your Traffic Signs
- The Official DSA Theory Test for ADI’s (questions and answers)
Training Establishments might insist you attend and pay for evening classes to study - WHY? If you are not capable of setting aside time to read a book at home then you may struggle when you get to Part 3 training.
To keep costs down, why not join your local library and borrow the books and DVD’s. It is true, you may need to purchase the most up-to-date books for reference, but you can do that once you qualify.
The theory test explained
The theory test is made up of two parts; the multiple choice part and the hazard perception part. The multiple choice part is delivered using a touch screen computer and mouse and the hazard perception part records your responses through the use of a computer mouse button. You need to pass both parts to pass the theory test. If you pass one part and fail the other you will fail the whole test, and you will need to take both parts again
For the hazard perception test there are no separate versions for different vehicles, each vehicle category takes the same test, however the pass mark is different for different categories of tests.
Before the test starts you will be given instructions on how the test works.
You can also choose to go through a practice session of the multiple choice questions to get used to the layout of the test. At the end of the practice session the real test will begin.
A question and four answer options will appear onscreen and you have to select the correct answer to the question by touching the screen or using the mouse. Some questions may require more than one answer. You can navigate between questions and ‘flag’ questions that you want to come back to later in the test. You will have 90 minutes to answer 100 questions that will be split into four bands which will be:
· Road procedure
- Traffic Signs and Signals
- Car Control
- Pedestrians and Mechanical Knowledge
- Driving Test
- Disabilities and Law
- Instructional Techniques
The purpose of the banding is to ensure candidates have a comprehensive knowledge across the whole syllabus.
The pass mark for the multiple choice part of the theory test is 85% -that is 85 questions answered correctly. However, you must reach a minimum 80% (20 out of 25) in each of the four bands. It is therefore possible for you to get an overall mark of 85% or above but still fail the examination because you have not gained the minimum of 80% in one of the bands.
After the multiple choice part you can choose to have a break of up to three minutes before the hazard perception part starts.
After the break you will then be shown a short tutorial video clip about how the hazard perception part works.
The hazard perception part is also delivered on a computer but you respond by clicking a button on the mouse. You will be presented with a series of 14 video clips which feature every day road scenes, in each clip there will be at least one developing hazard, but one of the clips will feature two developing hazards. To achieve a high score you will need to respond to the developing hazard during the early part of its development. The maximum you can score on each hazard is five. You will not be able to review your answers to the hazard perception test; as on the road, you will only have one chance to respond to the developing hazard.
The pass mark for the hazard perception part of the theory test is 57 out of 75.
At the end of the test
At the end of the hazard perception part of the theory test you will be invited to answer a number of customer survey questions. You do not have to answer the questions if you do not want to, and any information given is anonymous and confidential. The survey questions do not affect the result of the test.
When you have finished the test you may leave the examination room. Once you have left the room, you will not be allowed to enter it again. You will then be given your result by the test centre staff.
There are facilities available for those candidates who have special needs. These facilities need to be requested at the time of booking.
If you have dyslexia or any other reading difficulties you can ask for a voiceover. You can also request to have up to double time for the multiple choice part of the theory test. If you require more than the standard time for the multiple choice part you will need to send in evidence of your reading difficulty to the theory test booking customer services.
If you have a special need that is not met by the facilities above you can contact the theory test customer services section who can discuss your requirements and the facilities available.
For more information on the Part 1 exam contact the DSA by clicking on the Transport Office Logo
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