The Part 3 test of instructional ability lasts for one hour and is in two phases. You will be expected to instruct on one of the 12 exercises in each phase. The purpose of this test is for the examiner to assess your ability to instruct.
The examiner will take on the role of your client and can choose a character to suit the driving lesson. The senior examiner will inform you of the driving lesson subject at the start of each phase. They may choose to be a different character for the second phase. (One gets the impression that the senior examiners rather enjoy this thespian aspect of their job!) You must make sure that you understand what the examiner is telling you. Try very hard to get into character yourself and to conjure up an image of the ‘client’ portrayed by the senior examiner. Keep focused on what you are trying to teach them. (To clarify the situation, the role played by the senior examiner will from now on be referred to as the SE client.)
You must aim to cover each aspect of the topic and make sure that the SE client understands what is being asked of them. Offer support as necessary and in accordance with the SE client’s stated experience and abilities. You should be able to identify their mistakes and their causes and, with corrections, should help prevent them making the same mistakes again.
By using a Q & A session at the start of the driving lesson, you should be able to learn from your SE client about their last driving lesson, how it went, the progress made and any problems arising. The SE client is not likely to offer you any assistance. The examiner will expect you to use the Q & A technique to find out all about the SE client before you allow them to drive off. This information, coupled with your assessment of their driving, will allow you to judge how the rest of the ‘driving lesson’ should proceed. Remember also that the SE client will make other mistakes, some quite subtle. You will be expected to identify, analyse and correct these problems.
The trainee must: pitch the driving lesson according to the SE client’s needs, ability and experience; be able to put the information across effectively and according to the client’s level of understanding; demonstrate good Q & A techniques so they understand the SE client’s abilities and level of understanding. This Q & A session will help prevent errors from being made. It also helps the SE client to realise the purpose of the task and the way the task should be carried out; be encouraging and positive and provide necessary feedback to the SE client; plan the driving lesson regarding delivering the briefing and also allowing time for the SE client to practise and, hopefully, to succeed; control the driving lesson. For example, if the SE client is showing signs of being argumentative, then you must deal with this calmly and diplomatically but at the same time using the appropriate amounts of firmness and assertiveness so that the SE client carries out the task in your way; use the dual controls only when absolutely necessary to avoid any collision or dangerous situation from developing; and do not forget to give feedback on completion of the driving lesson, including areas that were carried out well and those that need further work. Do not just offer criticism; you need also to give praise and encouragement. Leave enough time at the end for the SE client to ask questions. Conclude each of the two sessions within the allowed time. At the end of the Part 3 test, the examiner will come out of role, terminate the session and then return to the office to consider whether you have passed or not. The examiner will complete the marking sheet by grading both parts of the test. Once that has been done, you will be informed of the result and your grades and you will be given a brief explanation of any serious failings.
The grades are within a scale of 1 to 6. Grade 1 is the lowest, with grades1–3 being a fail. Grades 4–6 are a pass. Grade 6 is the highest grade attainable. Each phase of the Part 3 test is graded and you must receive a Grade 4 or above for each phase to pass. For example, a Grade 3 for the first phase and a Grade 5 for the second phase will unfortunately result in an overall fail.
If you pass you will be given the written results sheet along with a form to apply for your ADI licence (for the licence fees, see the DSAs website). Only when you have passed the Part 3 test are you legally entitled to undertake driving instruction for financial reward without having to be under the supervision of an ADI – once you have received your green licence to display on the windscreen.
It is a condition of your licence that you undertake a periodic check test. You will be asked to attend your local test centre to show that you are still providing instruction to at least a minimum standard. Within the first three to six months after qualifying, you should receive a letter from the DSA requesting that you attend your first check test. This is classed as an ‘educational’ check test to find out how you are getting on. You have the choice of being observed by the senior examiner, of giving a driving lesson to one of your clients or of using the senior examiner as your client in role play. The check test takes an hour. Unless your standard is high, you will not normally be graded at this time. This will occur at your second check test, which may be within the following one to two years.
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