It is common sense that going into your exam well prepared will increase your chances of passing, remember that if you fail to prepare then you should prepare yourself for failure. Give yourself as much of a head start as possible by preparing thoroughly for each of the ADI qualifying exams, this section will give you tips and pointers on how to prepare for each test.
ADI Part 1
The advanced theory test is the first hurdle for any person wishing to become a fully qualified ADI. Good old fashioned studying will get you through this exam, we have a very useful section which you can find here, you should get your hands on an official DVD which will give you a better idea of how the hazard perception part of the test will work. Also ensure that you have gone over mock theory test questions which are readily available, remember that they wont be the same as the theory test questions for learner drivers as you will require a much wider range of driving knowledge to become a driving instructor.
ADI Part 2
You are probably aware that you will not be given too much room for error in the hour of driving that your examiner will test you on during the ADI part 2 test. This is why you should attempt plenty of mock tests beforehand, try and buddy up with a friend that is aware of how a driving test is marked, (perhaps even from a qualified ADI), and aim for completing the test with 0 minor marks. There is more information on how the ADI part 2 test works here, remember that you will only be allowed 3 attempts so try and pass on your first try.
ADI Part 3
The instructional ability test will undoubtedly be the the most where you will be under the most pressure and have the most nerves. The instructors at Fineline Driving Academy have compiled a quick guide which contains tips that will help you get through the ADI part 3 test with a positive result.
- Remain in control of your lesson and lesson plan - Your examiner will probably push your buttons to see how you react, try to keep composed and stick to the original game plan.
- For the phase 1 part of the exam - Have your lesson structure on paper in front of you (this is perfectly acceptable in the exam). This doesnt mean that you should read from it like a script and keep your head fixed to your lap for the whole of phase 1, but use your structure to manage your time and obtain information from.
- For the phase 2 part of the exam - If its all getting too much whilst you are on the move, where the examiner is making mistake after mistake and you are unable to successfully rectify them, just pull the 'pupil' over and use this small break to rectify the 'pupils' mistakes and also to regain your composure for the rest of the test.
- Dont over instruct! It is common for potential driving instructors to talk their 'pupil' through every small element involved in the PST, remember that you should tone down your level of instruction as the 'pupil' shows signs of improvement.
- Dont under instruct! You dont want to sit their quietly for the whole hour of your ADI part 3 test, your examiner will not be impressed and you are not really giving your examiner a reason to pass you!
- Remain aware of how your 'pupil' is driving and also the road ahead and your surroundings. Although the examiner will never do anything unsafe on purpose, you should try to plan ahead and realise possible upcoming situations early so that you can be ready if the 'pupil' misses a hazard or even make sure the 'pupil' is aware of the hazard.