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. Surepass 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 6 days in-car tuition from an expert Surepass tutor, 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.

For more information call our team on 0800 08 38 441.