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ADI Examinations

Eligibility and the ADI Examinations

To be eligible to become a Driving Instructor and have your name entered into the ADI Register you must:

  1. Have held a full car licence for at least 4 years*
  2. Be able to read a car number plate at a distance of 27.5 metres (90ft)
  3. Be a fit and proper person to have your name entered onto the official ADI Register.
  4. Pass the Register three part qualifying examinations.

* Due to training and exam waiting times we will consider people who have held their licence for a minimum of 3.5 years.


A person who wants to become a driving instructor needs to understand that they will come up against many different situations and problems to solve in the course of teaching people to drive. These situations and problems are often solved by knowledge and an ability to predict and avoid dangerous situations developing. The ADI Part 1 Examination is the start of all this knowledge that you need to learn.

The ADI Part 1 Exam is a test of your knowledge of all the subjects relating to the job of an Approved Driving Instructor. A very high standard is required with a sound knowledge of a wide number of subjects such as road procedures, traffic signs and signals, car control, pedestrians, mechanical knowledge, disabilities, the law, driving tests, instructional techniques and a good understanding of various publications from the Government and DVSA.

The ADI Part 1 Test consists of 100 questions with 4 possible answers, only one of which is correct. The questions are on a touch screen computer and are held at all Theory Test Centres in towns and cities around the country.

Immediately following the 100 questions you will be required to sit the ADI Hazard Perception Test this test is part of the ADI Theory Test and it will consist of watching a number of video clips on driving and being able to identify as early as possible any potential moving hazards that would affect you in a real situation.

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This is a test of your ability to drive to a very high standard. It is not just a slightly more difficult L driving test. Many people are surprised as to the driving standard required, this may be because they have acquired bad habits over many years, or they may have been trained to a poor standard of driving in the early years. Our objective is to train you to be an excellent driving instructor and therefore with regard to your own driving we look at this in only one way -‘We expect you to reach a standard of driving that is fault free and perfect’ we believe that if you do not look for perfection in your own driving you will probably not look for perfection in your learners drivers. However the DVSA do allow you up to 6 driving errors on this exam but don"t forget you start with a clean sheet and you should aim to be returning with a clean sheet.

The ADI Part 2 Test will last approximately one hour and is conducted by a specialist examiner. He/She will test you on a wide variety of road and traffic conditions that may also include motorways. You will also be asked to perform a number of driving control exercises including reversing manoeuvres.

The examiners words just before you move off on the ADI Part 2 Test seems to sum it up exactly. His/Her final words are usually "please remember I am looking for a very high standard of driving, drive on when you are ready"

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The instructional ability test is the final test you have to pass to become an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI)

The test consist of you turning up at the test centre with a pupil where you will be accompanied by a specialist examiner who will need to see you conduct a 60 minute ‘client-centered lesson’ 

You can take any driver except either a current ADI or someone who has already passed the Part 2 test.

Your examiner will be looking for evidence that you meet the national standard for driver training and that you are teaching the full training syllabus.

The examiners assessment form is divided into 17 areas which are divided into 3 groups:
* Lesson planning
* Risk management
* Teaching and learning strategies

On each of the 17 categories you get a score of between 0 to 3 points, you need to score a minimum of 31 points out of a total of 51 points to pass the test. Your examiner will sit quietly in the back of your car watching how you teach. At the end of the test your examiner will thank both you and your pupil and then go back into the test centre to work out the result and to fill in the necessary paperwork. The examiner will then come back out to your car and ask your pupil to wait in the waiting room and then discuss how you have done and the result of your test. 

The scoring system is as follows:
0 to 30 points: You will be regarded as unsatisfactory and fail the test.
31 to 42 points: You will have passed the test and be graded as a Grade B instructor.
43 to 51 points: You will have passed the test and be grade as a Grade A instructor.
However you will automatically fail if:
* You score 7 points or less on the ‘Risk Management’ section
* The examiner asks you to stop the lesson because you’ve put yourself or anyone else in danger

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