You can take the Part 1 test as many times as you like - there are 2 parts to this test:
To prepare for both parts of the theory test we recommend that all trainees, regardless of driving experience, use the resource material available. Any college that charges for Part 1 training is not giving the full picture. With the correct resource material - you can study at home for this test.
Just like anyone who takes the driving test - you will need to do a hazard perception test.
You will be shown 14 video clips from a drivers point of view. These have various developing hazards (pedestrians, vehicles etc.) - each clip is worth up to 5 marks. To score marks - you need to click a button on a computer mouse when you think the developing hazard is about to effect your speed/direction.
The pass mark for this test currently stands at 57 out of 75. There are many products available to buy for the preparation of this test. We would recommend that among them you should use the official DSA guide.
The DSA has developed a modular, multi-media training resource for the hazard perception test. This resource adopts a structured approach by covering:
Looking for clues
The mirror-signal-manoeuvre routine
Scanning and Planning
Cutting down the risks and responding to hazards
The DVD also has a number of interactive example hazard perception video clips. This training resource is available in DVD and VHS video format and is called The official guide to hazard perception (Formally known as RoadSense).
Some colleges will not start studying for the Part 2 test (The Test of driving ability) until after the Part 1 Theory Test has been passed - this is ridiculous! A pupil learning to drive will start driving lessons before the Theory Test because they compliment each other - instructor training is no different!
The theory test is the foundation of the whole course. The knowledge that you gather here is used throughout the rest of the syllabus AND when you start teaching for real.
Time and time again during the Part 2 training we see trainees who've passed Part 1 but still have little or no knowledge of the Highway Code! They are unable to identify simple road signs or road markings when asked to do so!
It's vital that you absorb the information during the theory stage...