ADI New Standards Check Test

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You have to take a test of your ‘continued ability and fitness to give instruction’ during each four-year period of your approved driving instructor (ADI) registration. These are called ‘check tests’.

The New Standards Check tests (coming into force 7th April 2014) are carried out by the Driving Standards Agency (DSA). They are designed to make sure that you are keeping up the proper standards of instruction. The test lasts for about one hour, with a 15 minute debrief afterwards. At the end of the tests, you’ll be given a grade of your performance. By law, you have to take check tests.

What happens during an ADI New Standards Check Test

A check test usually involves the examiner assessing your instructional ability by watching a lesson you give to a real pupil. If you don’t have a pupil available, you can give instruction to someone who has a full driving licence. You’ll need to make your level of instruction right for their ability. You cannot use another ADI as your pupil.

How long the check test lasts

Your check test will last for about one hour, with a 15 minute debrief afterwards.

What the examiner is looking for

The examiner will assess the quality of your instruction. For each item, you’ll be rated on whether the subject was:

  • covered satisfactorily or better
  • attempted but guidance or training offered was unsatisfactory or incomplete
  • not covered or grossly incorrect or dangerous instruction given

The examiner will judge how well you do in these three categories:

  • core competencies
  • instructional techniques
  • instructor characteristics

Core competencies

The core competencies that the examiner will assess are:

  • fault identification – how you watch the pupil to identify and prioritise all important weaknesses which need more guidance at appropriate times
  • fault analysis – how you explain to the pupil what went wrong and why
  • remedial action – you must teach the pupil how to stop committing the same fault the first chance you get, including strengthening good habits through practice

Instructional techniques

The examiner will assess your instructional techniques on:

  • giving a recap at the start
  • the relevance of the aims and objectives of the lesson
  • adjusting the level of instruction
  • your planning of the lesson
  • controlling the lesson
  • your communication
  • asking questions and listening to the answers
  • giving feedback and encouragement
  • using the dual controls if necessary
  • giving a recap at the end

Instructor characteristics

You’ll also be assessed on your attitude and approach to your pupil. The examiner will look at:

  • how you instruct, and how clear, thorough and correct your instruction is
  • your observation of the pupil’s errors, and whether or not you correct them properly
  • your manner, patience, tact and ability to inspire confidence

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