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This is a computer-based test, coming in two parts; a theory test and a hazard perception test, which must be taken at the same time. Overall the Part 1 test lasts 90 minutes. The theory test is a multiple choice test consisting of 100 questions which cover all aspects of driving.
The test is split into 4 different sections, each comprising 25 questions. The four sections are, road procedure, traffic signs and signals, car control, pedestrians and mechanical knowledge and publications and instructional techniques. You must achieve 80% in each section with an overall mark of 85% to pass the theory test. The hazard perception element consists of 14 video clips, each clip presenting real road scenarios in which you are required to identify and respond to a hazard.
The quicker you identify and respond to the hazard, the higher your score. The pass mark is 57. If you fail one element of the test, you must take the whole test again, but there are no limitations on the number of attempts that you are allowed. Once you pass the Part 1 test, you have two years to pass the other two parts. However, if you subsequently fail to complete the process within this time, you have to wait two years before you can start the process again.
This is an Advanced Driving Test lasting for 60 minutes. You are limited to three attempts at this test. To achieve a pass mark you are not allowed to get more than 6 driver faults. The examiner will take you on a variety of roads that will include various traffic conditions; you will also be required to do 20 minutes by following either directions from a sat nav or traffic signs.
During the test the examiner will also ask you to do 2 of the following manoeuvres: Emergency Stop, Parallel Parking at the side of the road, drive into a parking bay and reverse out or pull up on the right- hand side of the road, reverse for around two car lengths and rejoin the traffic. As an ex-DSA examiner, I will be able to guide you to the standard that the examiner is expecting you to achieve during your test.
The test of instructional ability assesses your teaching abilty.
A Driver and Vehicle Standards Examiner will observe you deliver a client-centred lesson lasting about an hour to one of your pupils. Your pupil can be a full licence holder. They can't be an ADI or someone who is preparing for the Part 3 test.
The examiner will look for evidence that you meet the national standard for driver and rider training .
You will be marked on 17 areas of competence that are grouped into 3 categories, lesson planning, risk management and teaching and learning strategies. After the lesson you will be graded 0-30, Fail Your performance is unsatisfactory, and you won't join the register Grade - Fail, 31-42 Grade B -You'll be allowed to join the ADI register, 43-51 Grade A - You have shown a high standard of instruction and you'll be allowed to join the register.
You must be willing to work hard, study and practise, to become a Driving Instructor. The tests are not difficult and many people already have the skills needed to successfully pass – but like any test, you do need proper training in order to achieve a good pass. Working as a team and using modern coaching methods, I will give you the necessary skills you need to become an effective driving instructor.