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So Whats Involved In Training To Become A Driving Instructor?

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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.

We will guide and support you to ensure that you pass 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:

  • Road procedure 
  • Traffic signs and signals, car control, pedestrians, mechanical knowledge 
  • driving test, disabilities, law 
  • publications, 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 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.


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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. 

We will provide you with one in-car training days with a highly qualified and experienced instructor trainers who will ensure that you are fully prepared for your Driving Test.


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:

expert handling of the controls use of correct road procedure anticipation of the actions of other road users and the taking of appropriate action sound judgement of distance, speed and timing consideration for the convenience and safety of other road users

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: 

  • move away straight ahead or at an angleovertake, 
  • meet or cross the path of other vehicles and take an appropriate course without undue hesitancy,
  • turn left-hand and right-hand corners correctly without undue hesitancy, 
  • stop the vehicle in an emergency, 
  • drive the vehicle in reverse gear and whilst doing so enter limited openings to the right and to the left, 
  • taking effective all round observation turn the vehicle to face in the opposite direction by the use of forward and reverse gears 
  • taking effective all round observation either reverse park the vehicle into the space behind a parked car, within the space of about two car lengths and close to and parallel with the kerb, 
  • taking effective all round observation, or reverse park into a parking bay, with due regard for other vehicles or pedestrians, while taking effective all-round observation

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ADI Part 3 Instructional Ability Test – what is involved

The object of this test is to assess the quality of your instruction and your ability to pass your knowledge on to pupils.

The test is in two parts, each of which lasts about half an hour. 

You must pass both parts of the test at the same time. 

We will provide you a study pack for you to learn at home, which includes a DVD and a workbook. We will also provide you with a minimum of 60 hours in-car tuition from one of our experienced instructor trainers, who will ensure that you are ready to take your test and become an Approved Driving Instructor.

You will be asked to demonstrate 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 driving knowledge, and then a pupil who is about test standard.

The examiner will explain everything to you at the time.


The exercises

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 reversing into limited openings to the right or left 
  • turning the vehicle round in the road to face the opposite direction, using forward and reverse gears
  • parking close to the kerb, using forward and reverse gears 
  • how to make an emergency stop and practical instruction in the use of mirrors 
  • approaching and turning corners
  • judgement 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
  • overtaking, meeting and crossing the path of other road users, allowing adequate clearance

The instruction you give should be tailored to the time available 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 any pupil you had not taught before.


How will I be assessed?

In assessing your performance, the examiner will take into account:

  • the method, clarity, adequacy and correctness of instruction given
  • the observation, analysis and correction of faults committed by the pupil
  • your general manner

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.

Between your trainer and our support team we will help and guide you throughout your training to make every step as easy as possible for you. When you choose us for your training you will never be on your own and we will always be here to support you in anyway that we can. 

If you have any questions regarding training then please feel free to contact us by either phone or email.


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