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ADI Part 3: Instructional Ability

This part of the training prepares you for the Instructional Ability Test, which is an essential skill for any Driving Instructor. There are 10 basic scenarios used in the test, so your training will cover all of these thoroughly. The training takes place in the car.

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. 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.

The test takes around one hour and includes an assessment of:

core competencies

instructional techniques

instructor characteristics

The examiner will assess these by playing the role of 2 different pupils.

Once the 40 hour Training Course is completed you could be awarded a Trainee Licence. Now the training you have received will really kick in and your own road and driving experience will also be drawn on. A Trainee Licence will allow you to work with a Driving School and give paid Driving Instructions before taking the Part 3 Test. This can only be obtained after successfully passing the Part 2 Test, this Licence has a duration of six months.

Practical experience gained in this way will be essential in preparing you for the Part 3 Test and will confirm that you are heading for success. At this stage the work with a Driving School can still be fitted in around your current commitments.

DVSA examination and registration fees

Please note you will also need to pay examination fees to the DVSA as you take each part of the exam.

The Part 1 test fee is £90

Part 2 test fee is £111

Part 3 test fee is £111.

Finally once qualified the DVSA charge a registration fee of £300 which has to be paid every 4 years to remain on the DVSA Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) register.

You will also have to buy, or borrow from your Library, the DVSA’s recommended reading books


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