You can take your trainer with you on your test – for support and feedback
Taking your ADI practical driving test
The ADI2 practical test makes sure you can drive to the standard required for driving instructors and that you know The Highway Code (and can show this by the way you drive). It lasts about 60 minutes.
You’re allowed to take your instructor with you on your test. This is useful because they can help you work on any problems the examiner notices, either to help you pass next time or if you want to keep learning after you pass your test. Having someone you know with you can also help you to stay calm during the test.
Almost everyone gets nervous about their driving test: you’ve done months of preparation and you really want to pass. But to pass, you’ll need to keep your nerves under control. Here are some tips to help you.
Don’t book your test at a time when you know other stressful things are happening.
Before the test, make sure you get a few good nights’ sleep: you’ll feel more stressed if you’re tired.
Avoid too much caffeine before your test: it might make you feel jittery and nervous.
Arrive at the test centre about 15 minutes before your test is due so you’re not hurried but you’re also not waiting too long.
If you want to talk to the examiner during the test, that’s fine – but remember that they might not say much because they don’t want to distract you from your driving.
Remember, your examiner wants to make sure you’re safe on the road, with the skills needed to become an instructor. They’re not trying to catch you out. If there’s anything you’re not sure about, just ask.
Be positive: focus on passing your test rather than worrying about failing it.
If your examiner sees more than six driving faults during your test or one serious or dangerous fault, you’ll fail your test.
If you fail, you’ll be given a driving test report showing the faults you made, and your examiner will also explain to you why you haven’t passed. Although you’ll probably feel disappointed, listen carefully to the feedback because it will help you get things right next time.
You can take the test again if you fail it at your first or second attempt. If you fail the test a third time, you’ll have to retake and pass the theory test (ADI Part 1) before you can retake the practical test again. You’ll have to wait two years from when you first passed the ADI Part 1 test before you can take it again.
With a trainee driving instructor licence you can start teaching pupils how to drive. It allows you to be paid for giving driving instruction and lasts for six months. You don’t have to do this but it can give you valuable practice for your instructional ability test.
Before you can apply for the licence, you’ll need to
have passed your ADI Part 1 test within the last two years
have passed the ADI Part 2 test
have done at least 40 hours of training with a qualified ADI and recorded it on the ADI 21T form