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Driving Instructor ADI Tests

In order to become a driving instructor there are three rigorous ADI tests which applicants are put through. Our driving instructor training course is designed to help you pass these tests providing you with all of the knowledge and materials you need.

ADI Part 1 Theory Test – what is involved

The theory test is made up of two parts; multiple choice and hazard perception. This test will take place at your local Theory Test Centre. In order to move on to ADI Part 2 you must pass both elements of this test.

Multiple Choice

Before the test starts you will be given full instructions on how the test works and have the chance to do a practice test to ensure that you are familiar with the layout. For each question four answer options will appear on screen – you simply need to select the one you think is correct.

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 which are split into four bands, each containing 25 questions:

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 of 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 in one of the bands. Once you have completed the Multiple Choice section of the test, you can choose to have a break of up to three minutes before the Hazard Perception section starts.

Hazard Perception

You will then be shown a short tutorial video of how this element of the test works. 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, and one clip 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 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. Click here to find your local theory test centre.

ADI Part 2 Driving Test – what is involved

This is a practical test of driving ability which consists of an eyesight test, safety questions and a test of driving technique. The test will last for about one hour.

You must pass all parts of the test at the same time and within 3 attempts.

The eyesight test

You must be able to read, in good daylight and with the aid of glasses or contact lenses if worn, a motor vehicle registration mark containing letters and figures: 79 millimetres in height and 50 millimetres wide at a distance of 26.5 metres or 79 millimetres in height and 57 millimetres wide at a distance of 27.5 metres If you do not pass the eyesight test, you will not be allowed to take the driving ability element.

The test will be marked as a fail and will count as one of your three attempts.

Safety questions

Your examiner will ask you to describe how to perform a check on the condition and safety of three components of the vehicle and demonstrate an actual check on the condition of a further two components. The components will be chosen from the following list: tyres, steering, brakes, lights, reflectors, direction indicators, audible warning device and the liquids used in the braking system, steering system, engine or elsewhere in the vehicle as a coolant, lubricant, cleaner or otherwise.

Test of driving ability

The test of driving ability is an advanced driving test and a very high standard of competence is required. You must show that you have a thorough knowledge of the principles of good driving and road safety and that you can apply them. You must satisfy the examiner on all or any of the following subjects:

The routes used for the test will include roads which may carry heavy and/or fast moving traffic. They will also cover a range of road and traffic conditions, including urban and rural conditions.

What else must I be able to do in order to pass?

You must show the ability to perform any or all of the following manoeuvres including all three of the reversing exercises:

ADI Part 3 Instructional Ability Test – what is involved

The object of this test is to assess the quality of your client-centred driving lesson.

The test lasts about an hour. During the test a specially trained  DVSA senior examiner will observe you giving a driving lesson to either a full licence holder or a learner driver – the choice of who you bring to the test is yours. The person cannot be another driving instructor or someone who is training you to be a driving instructor.

The ADI part 3 marking sheet can be found by following this link

The examiner will look for evidence that the lesson you are demonstrating meets the national standard for driver and rider training,

How you will be marked

You will be expected to maintain control of the lesson, be patient and tactful and give encouragement to the ‘pupil’ at all times. What is assessed is the relevance of the instruction for the ability of the pupil and to the particular conditions on the road on the day of the test.

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