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ADI part 3 Test: Instructional Ability – Official DVSA Guide

Last week we dissected the ADI part 2 so today we are going to look at part 3 of the official DVSA guide on how to become a driving instructor.  We advise that you use all 3 posts because they are really useful resources. They will also give you an idea of what you should expect during your examination.

You will need to make sure that your L plates are fitted to the vehicle when you arrive at the test centre for your part 3 examination. Your car must also have the right insurance because  the examiner will be driving it on this occasion.

If it isn’t insured for the examiner to be able to drive it, then the test will not go ahead and you will lose your fee.

ADI Part 3

The exam is split into 2 phases, the first phase will either be at the beginner stage or at the partly trained stage. It is really important that you listen to the examiner because  he will set the scene assigning the level and describing the subject matter you are expected to teach.

ADI Part 3

You need to observe the pupil (examiner) throughout the phase and identify any faults that occur at the earliest opportunity. This is so that you can provide a suitable solution.

Analytical information as to reasons the fault had a occurred should be given to the pupil (examiner) as early as possible.

ADI Part 3

If you are identifying these areas at the right time and providing the necessary solutions then there should be no reason why your not be successful.

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After about 28 – 30 minutes the examiner will close down that phase and start to prepare you for the second phase.
This will either be a pupil at the trained stage or full licence holder stage.

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John Seridan ADI examiner advises:

“It is extremely important that you pay particular attention to everything that the examiner is saying to you. Because he will set the scene he will paint a picture of the level. He will tell you the subject matter that he or she will be expecting you to teach and that is extremely important.”
“Now I know you will know that he or she is the examiner but you will need to do is detach yourself from that and treat them as a real pupil.”

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The main reason for why people fail the part 3 examination is noncompliance with the core competencies.

The identification, in particular, is extremely important, because you need to identify the fault at the earliest opportunity to enable you to pitch your level of instructions appropriately, and provide a necessary solution to that fault.

After you have provided a solution, at the earliest you need to explain why that fault occurred.

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If you have a asked a question you need to analysis the answer that you received and then ask yourself several questions.

Is the answer correct , has he provided an answer to the question that you have asked, do you need to offer any instructions related to the answer that has been given.

Remember this is also your role as a driving instructor.

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A common area during the part 3 exam where trainees tend to struggle revolves around pitching the level of instructions appropriately. Candidates will either over instruct or under instruct.

Procedurally, a pupil will need to be applying the mirror signal and speed look routine. This is what you will need to instruct.

A typical example of this is when a pupil selects the wrong gear on the approach to a left turn which results in a loss of control of the vehicle.

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A typical example of this is when a pupil selects the wrong gear on the approach to a left turn which results in a loss of control of the vehicle.

Another example of this is where a candidate is approaching a right turn applying the MSPSL routine but cancels the signal before they make the turn. This could result in inconveniencing other road users.

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ADI examiner finishes with:

“At the end of the test the examiner will tell you that the test has ended. At this point, they will need to return to the test center to complete the necessary paperwork and most importantly to complete the assessment.”

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John Seridan ADI examiner

“At the end of the test the examiner will tell you that the test has ended. At this point, they will need to return to the test center to complete the necessary paperwork and most importantly to complete the assessment.”

After about 10 minutes the examiner will return. It might be a good idea to invite your instructor to listen in to any debrief.

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If you have prepared properly for the examination then there is no reason why you shouldn’t be successful.

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