To become an ADI you must successfully complete a three part qualifying examination. Part 3 is a practical test of your ability to instruct.
To Pass The Test
The object of the test is to assess the value of the instruction you give and your ability to pass your knowledge on to pupils. The test is in 2 parts, each of which lasts about half an hour. You must pass both parts on the same test. You will be asked to show your knowledge and ability by giving practical driving instruction to the Examiner who will first take on the role of a pupil who is a beginner, or a learner driver with limited knowledge, and then a pupil who is at about test standard. The Examiner will explain everything to you in full at the time. For each of the two roles the Examiner will choose one of the exercises given below as the basis of the instruction:
- safety precautions on entering the car and explanation of the controls;
- moving off and making normal stops;
- reversing and while doing so entering limited openings to the right or left;
- turning the vehicle round in the road to face the opposite direction, using forward and reverse gearsbr
- parking close to the kerb, using forward and reverse gears;
- explaining how to make an emergency stop and practical instruction in the use of mirrors;
- approaching and turning corners
- judgment of speed, making progress and general road positioning;
- dealing with road junctions;
- dealing with crossroads;
- dealing with pedestrian crossings; and giving correct signals in a clear and unmistakable manner; and
- overtaking, meeting, crossing the path of and allowing adequate clearance for other road users.
It is essential that you understand what is required in this test. You should listen very carefully when the Examiner explains what is required for each part. If you don’t understand, say so and the Examiner will repeat his explanation. Remember during the exercises the Examiner is role-playing the part of a pupil. You need to forget that he is really an experienced driver. Once the test starts the examiner will remain in character in order to maintain, as far as possible, an air of reality. This is to help you forget he is an examiner. However, there may be times that s/he has to come out of role to clarify instructions or for road safety reason.
The instruction you give should be tailored to the time available. (ie about 30 minutes for each part) and to the standard of the pupil being role-played by the Examiner. You will probably find it helpful to establish the depth of the pupil’s knowledge in each phase, by asking questions and observing the pupil’s performance as you would with a real pupil you had not taught before. You should remember that asking how many lessons a pupil has had previously does not establish their ability.
You are allowed to use lesson plans and training aids and you may refer to brief notes or subject headings. You should not read at length, word for word from notes or books. The ‘pupil’ must be given a chance to demonstrate what has been taught, and any faults must be corrected. You should note that because there is only a short time for each part you should limit the amount of stationary instruction and pre-briefing. You should also be prepared for the ‘pupil’ to ask questions.
WHAT OUR STUDENTS ARE SAYING…
Just passed first time with only 2 minors! Very big thank you to Rob Andrews as my instructor the whole way through. The lessons and materials provided were top notch. I would absolutely recommend.
A massive thank you to Steve for being a brilliant driving instructor and helping me this year. I was a very nervous driver to begin with but Steve’s professionalism and teaching has massively built my confidence. Very happy to say I passed today first time with only 2 minors! I highly recommend learning with Surrey Driving Force! 🙂
Steve was such an amazing instructor and I got so confident so quick. He helped me pass with 0 minors and I’m so grateful, definitely recommend
A huge thank you to Steve for going above and beyond to help me pass my driving test! I couldn’t have done it without all your patience and support and thank you for making each lesson enjoyable while also pushing me to my full potential. I would without a highly highly recommend Surrey Drive Force!
My instructor David Smith was fantastic and he helped me to pass my test and rebuild my confidence in driving after negative experiences with previous instructors. He was extremely patient and understanding – thank you!
10 star definitely. I had only nine driving lessons and one more before the test. I passed the driving test on my first attempt. My instructor was Vince, who was very patient and knowledgeable.
Thanks to the team and very Merry Christmas
Massive thank you to my driving instructor Rob Schifano. Passed first time this morning at the Chertsey test centre. Rob helped me grow my confidence and simplified things for me. Highly recommend!
A massive thank you to David Smith for being a brilliant instructor the 6 months! Starting as a very nervous driver, David was calming, patient and me feel very comfortable and in control of the car. He challenged me when needed and helped me to believe in myself as a driver. So very pleased to say I passed yesterday morning first time, thank you David, I could not have done it without your continued support!
Big thanks to Rob Andrews for his teaching over the past few months. Professional, supportive and fun too! Glad to say I passed first time this morning, ready for Christmas and a New Year on the road!
I have just passed my test with 3 minors. I learnt with driving instructor Neill who made my lessons fun and driving an enjoyable experience. The mock tests provided helped with my preparation for my test and calmed my nerves. I would recommend SDF to anyone wanting to learn to drive