What happens during the
A Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency examiner will watch you give a client-centred driving lesson lasting about an hour
to one of your pupils.
The examiner will look for evidence that you meet the national standard for driver and rider
Your pupil can be a learner or a full licence holder.
They can’t be an approved driving instructor (ADI) or someone else who is preparing to take the ADI part 3 test.
You can take your trainer or mentor with you, but they can’t take part in the lesson.
What you’ll be marked on
You’ll be marked on 17 areas of competence that are grouped into 3 categories:
- lesson planning
- risk management
- teaching and learning strategies
The 17 areas of competence are listed in the ADI part 3 test report form, which the
examiner will fill in at the end of your test.
You’ll get a score from 0 to 3 for each of the 17 competencies, which are added up to work out if you’ve passed the test, and what your grade will be.
Your test result
After you give the lesson, the examiner will discuss your performance and give you your result.
You’ll get your grade, along with your completed approved driving instructor (ADI) part 3 test report form.
Your performance is unsatisfactory, and you won’t join the ADI register
You’ll be allowed to join the ADI register
You have shown a high standard of instruction and you’ll be allowed to join the ADI register
You’ll automatically fail if:
- you get a score of 7 or less in the ‘risk management’ category
- the examiner stops the lesson because you’ve put yourself or someone else in danger
If you pass
You can apply for your first ADI badge if you pass the ADI part 3
You must apply within 12 months of passing the test, or you’ll have to pass all 3 qualifying tests again.
If you don’t pass
You can take the test again if you fail the first or second attempt. You must book the next attempt within 2 years of passing your ADI part 1 test.
Failing the third attempt
You have to retake and pass the ADI part 1
test and ADI part 2 test again if you fail the ADI part 3 test at your third attempt.
You must wait 2 years from when you originally passed the ADI part 1 test before you can take it again.
Appeal your ADI part 3 test
You can appeal if you think your examiner didn’t follow the
regulations when they carried out your test.
Your test result can’t be changed, but you might get a free retest if your appeal is successful.
You have to appeal to a magistrate’s court or sheriff’s court.
You must appeal to a:
- magistrate’s court within 6 months if you took your test in England or Wales
- sheriff’s court within 21 days if you took your test in Scotland