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ADI Part Three*
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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 on the same test.
 
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.
 
Insurance
 
Your insurance must cover, for the time during which the examiner is driving, any liability that the examiner may have for all third party and damage risks and for liability to any passenger, including any official passenger. Your insurance should cover any Driving & Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) examiner. The insurance cover should not name a specific examiner as the driver because we cannot guarantee that a particular examiner will conduct the test.
 
DVSA is aware that insurance companies sometimes ask for certain information about examiners. It is the Agency’s policy for data protection and security reasons not to disclose personal information about examiners. However, in exceptional circumstances, the examiner will provide you with their name and confirm that they are over 25 years old on the morning of the test, but no further personal details will be made available.
 
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 a real 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.
 
Booking the part three test
 
After you have passed your part two test you can then book your part three test of instructional ability online, over the phone using the national booking number 0300 200 1122 or by post.
 
Registering as an Approved Driving Instructor
 
After you pass the Part 3 test you can apply to join the Register. You cannot give paid instruction unless you are registered, unless you still have a valid trainee licence.
 
You must apply within your one year of passing your Part 3 test or your qualification will become invalid and you would have to apply to start the qualifying process again.
 
*information taken from DVSA.gov.uk