Stage One - Driving Instructor Theory Test

Examines your knowledge of the Rules of the Road as well as general road safety and driving instruction matters. The structure of the theory test is similar in format to the existing theory test for learner drivers and lasts for 90 minutes.
You are asked 100 questions with optional voice over. For each question four answers are shown on the screen and you are required to select the answer you think is correct. To pass your theory test you are required to answer 85 questions correctly overall.
The 100 questions asked on the ADI theory test will be broken down into separate categories. You will need to secure a passing result on each of the sections in order to pass the exam. The score you’ll need in order to pass varies across the sections:

Driver testing procedures:

75 percent correct

Road safety knowledge:

72 percent correct


60 percent correct

Vehicle maintenance:

70 percent correct

Category specific questions:

70 percent correct

The applicant must pass Stage 1 – Theory Test before they can continue to Stage 2 and Stage 3

  • Road Safety precepts and practice
  • Rules of the Road
  • RSA ADI Scheme (as outlined in this booklet)
  • Driving techniques and handling the vehicle and controls., Use of correct road procedure
  • Vulnerable road users
  • Pedagogical techniques and assessment of pupils
  • Dealing with pupils who have learning or language difficulties
  • Dealing with pupils who have physical disabilities and familiarization with common vehicle adaptations
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Correction of pupils driving faults
  • Knowledge of basic mechanics of vehicle and maintenance
  • Driving for life, beyond the practical driving test
  • Scene of accidents
  • Driver Testing Procedures and Documentation including the Driving Test Report form
  • Other matters as considered appropriate from time to time by the RSA

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You can download all of the materials you will need HERE. We will assist you all the way with online and telephone mentoring to help with your studies.