The ADI test is taken at certain test centres around the country. These are shown in the ADI 14 pack. The senior examiner (SE) conducts the test. The car you use must fit the DSA’s criteria. (Look at the DSAs website for the latest information). At the test centre you will be asked to show your driving licence. If you use the new–style licence you must take both parts – the plastic ID card and the paper licence – as both parts make up the complete driving licence. You should take the Part 1 pass certificate and the letter inviting you to your Part 2 test. You will be asked to sign a declaration regarding the insurance for the vehicle and that you are living at the address shown on the licence. You will also be asked to sign a health declaration.
If you have an old-style licence you must take other means of identification. The only one allowed now is a current/valid passport. If you do not have one, then you should exchange your old licence for a new, photo-style licence in plenty of time. Forms are available from a main post office. Complete the form and send it off to the DVLA with the fee and two passport-style photographs of yourself. Please check that the old-style paper licence with a passport is still acceptable. It may change in the future.
You may be asked if you will allow another supervising examiner to attend the test. They will sit quietly in the back and monitor the examiner undertaking the test. This is for quality-control purposes. (The other examiner is checking to see how their colleague is carrying out the tests, so do not be concerned that two examiners are present.) Note: The supervising examiner cannot over-ride the result of the test. You may also ask the examiner if they would allow your trainer to accompany you, if this is your wish.
The Part 2 test lasts for about an hour. The candidate for the Part 2 driving test must make no more than six minor faults and must not make any serious faults. A minor fault could be not looking at your mirror at the appropriate moment but without causing any problems to other road users. A serious fault could be not checking your mirror and consequently causing another driver behind to slow down as you move off or stop. It is that strict. Remember that you only have three chances to pass the ADI Part 2 test. The pressure is on if you do not pass first time. If you do not pass the second time, you only have one chance left, and so the pressure mounts. So, practise and aim to pass first time.
It is absolutely essential that you receive professional guidance for the Part 3 test. This test is most likely to be a totally new experience and you will need to be guided by someone who knows what they are doing, what they are talking about and what will be expected from you on the day. Training for the Part 3 test may take from 20 hours to the more usual 40 hours or even longer. The Part 3 test is the most difficult and demanding part of the course. Again candidates can only have three attempts at this test. To have the best possible chance of passing the first time, they should be confident that they have had enough training before they apply.
We believe that, during the Part 3 course, you should also be given the opportunity to observe the delivery of normal driving lessons by sitting in as your trainer instructs learner drivers. The ADI trainer should also deliver ‘normal’ driving lessons to you while you take the role of a learner driver client.
Your training establishment should provide you with good-quality driving lesson notes and plans for you to use during the Part 3 course and, very importantly, for you to use during the Part 3 test. If these are not available from your trainer, Graphic Briefings can be purchased from Driving School Pro.
Your instructor should periodically evaluate your progress with mock tests, which cover each of the topics. This will give you an insight into what to expect and also some idea of the pressure exerted on you by the Part 3 test.
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