The Tests

Before you can train people to drive, you must pass 3 main qualifying exams. You have up to 2 years to qualify from the date you pass the ADI Part 1 test. You will have access to computer programmes and a complete mentoring service from
AHD Driver Training Ltd.
**Fees are payable on a ‘pay as you train system – you only pay for what you need!**
Part 1 – Theory and Hazard Perception tests  Part 2 – Practical driving test
Part 3 – Practical test of teaching skills
Part 1 - Theory and Hazard Perception Tests

The Theory Test consists of 100 multiple choice questions. Each question has 4 possible answers, only 1 is correct. Candidates have 90 minutes to complete the ADI Theory Test. The 100 questions have been banded into four main areas:

1. Road procedures.
2. Traffic signs and signals, car control, pedestrians, mechanical knowledge.
3. The driving test, disabilities, traffic law.
4. Publications and instructional techniques.

The HPT consists of 14 video clips; the 14 clips will contain 15 developing hazards. As the potential hazard develops into one requiring you to change speed or direction, you will have a time window in which to react. For each hazard you can score 5 points going down to zero. This gives a highest possible score of 75 for the test. The pass mark for potential driving instructors taking the Part 1 will be 57.

The overall pass mark for the test is 85%. However, you must reach a minimum mark of 80% in each of the 4 subject areas. So you must get at least 20 out of 25 in each band. A score of 25, 25, 25 and 19 would give you 94% but would not be acceptable. The test is taken on a touch screen computer monitor.

Part 2 - Practical Driving Test

There will be 5 parts to the test:

  • an eyesight check
  • ‘show me, tell me’ vehicle safety questions
  • general driving ability
  • manoeuvres
  • independent driving

The changes apply to the ‘show me, tell me’ questions, manoeuvres and independent driving parts of the test.
The test takes around one hour.

The eyesight test

You’ll have to read a number plate from a distance of:

  • 26.5 metres for vehicles with a new-style number plate
  • 27.5 metres for vehicles with an old-style number plate

New-style number plates start with 2 letters followed by 2 numbers, such as AB51 ABC.

You’ll fail the test if you don’t pass the eyesight test. It will count as one of the 3 attempts you’re allowed at the ADI part 2 test.

‘Show me, tell me’ questions

You’ll be asked 5 vehicle safety questions known as the ‘show me, tell me’ questions. These test that you know how to carry out basic safety tasks.

You’ll be asked:

  • 3 ‘tell me’ questions at the start of your test, before you start driving
  • 2 ‘show me’ questions while you’re driving – for example, showing how to wash the windscreen using the car controls and wipers

You’ll get a driving fault for each incorrect answer you give.

You’ll get a serious fault and fail the test if you answer all 5 questions incorrectly, or if you lose control of the car while answering any of the ‘show me’ questions.

Your general driving ability

You’ll have to show the examiner all of the following:

  • expert handling of the controls
  • use of correct road procedure
  • anticipation of the actions of other road users and then taking appropriate action
  • sound judgement of distance, speed and timing
  • consideration for the convenience and safety of other road users
  • driving in an environmentally-friendly manner

You’ll drive in varying road and traffic conditions, including motorways or dual carriageways where possible.

You might also be asked to carry out an emergency stop.

Reversing your vehicle

The examiner will ask you to do 2 of the following exercises:

  • parallel park at the side of the road
  • reverse into a parking bay and drive out
  • drive into a parking bay and reverse out
  • pull up on the right-hand side of the road, reverse for around 2 car lengths, and rejoin the traffic.

Independent driving

You’ll have to drive for about 20 minutes by following either:

  • directions from a sat nav
  • traffic signs

The examiner will tell you which you have to do.

Following directions from a sat nav

The examiner will provide the sat nav and set it up for you.  You can’t follow directions from your own sat nav during the test.

Going off the route

Your test result won’t be affected if you take a wrong turning, unless you make a fault while doing it. The examiner will help you get back on the route if you do.

If you can’t see traffic signs

If you can’t see a traffic sign (for example, because it’s covered by trees), the examiner will give you directions until you can see the next one.

If you make mistakes during your test

You can carry on if you make a mistake. It might not affect your test result if it’s not serious.  The examiner will only stop your test if they think your driving is a danger to other road users.


Part 3 - Practical Test Of Teaching Skills

You have unlimited attempts at completing the Part 1 exam, but you have only 3 attempts to pass the Part 2 and 3 exams within a 2 year period.


The previous Part 3 tested you on WHAT WENT WRONG and FAULTS with Role Play by the Examiner rather than your ability to teach and HOW you teach.  It did not assess the PDI’s ability to teach a ‘real’ pupil.

The NEW PART 3 test means you control the lesson and you can choose a subject you like and teach either a learner or a FLH (full licence holder) whom you must bring with you.  If you do not have a ‘pupil’ please note that the assessment will NOT go ahead and you will lose your fee.  Please ensure you have a ‘back up’ pupil.


Previously all PDI’s (potential Driving Instructors) were trained to pass the FAULT based exam.  The ASSESSMENT will now be carried out at the PDI’s (potential Driving Instructor’s) local test centre.

The DVSA want ALL PDI training to be ‘client centred’ and all PDI’s will need to provide evidence of some type of log book or reflective learning – This can be paper or electronic based.  The PDI will also need to ‘reflect’ on their training.


The previous Part 3 was a FAULT based test which had 3 competencies and this was a PASS or FAIL test with the examiner using ‘ROLE PLAY’ to simulate the faults within the Pre Set Tests.

. Identify the fault

. Analysis of the fault

. Remedy the fault

The Standards Check test is a COMPETENCY based ASSESSMENT …not a Pass or Fail type test.  The marking form is much easier to understand and assesses your ability to TEACH pupils.

3 main headings:

. Lesson Planning

. Risk Assessment (minimum of 8 to be successful)

. Teaching and learning strategies

These are divided into 17 sub categories with a score of 0-3 per category allowing a mark out of 51.  To be successful you need to achieve a score of 31 or above.

The marking sheet on the Part 3 may differ slightly from the Standards Check form BUT will score in exactly the same way. 

If you get less than 8 in the Risk Assessment Heading regardless of your score you will be unsuccessful.

It will state it is a PART 3 and have a box for you to sign.  The DVSA have said that the only ID accepted on this test is either a Photo card driving licence or your trainee licence.

The ADI Part 3 (SC) Marking Sheet: ADI Part 3 Marking Sheet


You can download and start reading the ‘National Driver and Rider Training Standard’


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