This is something which has already been touched upon, and a fundamental part of
the ADI part 3 test that has a big say in whether you pass or not. It is your opportunity
to extract as much information as possible from the ‘pupil’ during your test and
your Q & A techniques will be the main way to get this information. Questions like
‘which mirrors should you check when...?’ or ‘what could happen if you slow down
too much during....?’ will be used throughout the test such as the briefing at the
start and throughout your core competencies. The main point to remember in order
to adopt a high standard of Q & A is the ensure the questions are relevant, you
should only ask about the subject in question and leave any questions which won’t
help with the chosen pre set test.
Q&A during your briefing
As previously mentioned, you should ensure your briefing
is kept, well, brief. Suppose you have been given the PST of emerging from T-junctions
for a trained ‘pupil’, you should have a bank of questions ready to ask which should
be similar to :
- Are you aware of the MSPSL routine?
- How can you ensure your vehicle doesn’t cross over the give way line?
- What should you do in the event of having visibility obstructed in the new road
by parked vehicles?
If your pupil is at the trained stage, you can expect them to know any of the answers
for the questions above and therefore you need to tailor your questions around the
‘word picture’ given by the examiner at the beginning of each phase. If the ‘word
picture’ dictates that the ‘pupil’ is partly trained at emerging from T-junctions
then you may need to ask a different set of questions as their level of knowledge
might be slightly lower. This all comes down to your ability to change your questions
according to what information you have.
Q&A during the drive
This skill will require a hefty amount of practise as you
will need to co-ordinate being able to watch how your ‘pupil’ drives whilst looking
for faults, be aware of potential situations on the road ahead and at the same time,
ask relevant questions. You should keep asking questions to keep your ‘pupil’ thinking,
there should be no awkward silences during your test as 1 hour is simply too short
a time to leave periods of no talking. Some questions you ask may not be directly
associated with your PST, but its better to ask these questions then stay quiet,
- Your PST is approaching junctions to turn left/right and you approach a traffic
controlled pedestrian crossing. You can ask ‘What does a flashing amber light mean?’
- You pass a parked vehicle with its brake lights on. You can ask ‘What signals is
the car on the left showing and what could happen?’
Try to keep these indirect questions to a minimum, however you should remember these
questions can only be of a benefit to your ‘pupil’ and won’t do any harm unless
you completely forget about your PST and go into irrelevant questions in depth.
The famous phrase of ‘if you fail to prepare, prepare yourself to fail’ pretty much sums things up when it comes to Q&A techniques in the ADI part 3 test. When practising for
your final qualifying test, keep practising the skill of firing constant and relevant
questions at your ‘pupil’. Remember to educate your ‘pupil’ rather than just give
a correct answer if theirs is incorrect.