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Become a driving instructor

If you’re paying someone to teach you to drive, they must be an approved driving instructor (ADI) or a trainee driving instructor MQW provide you tested and registered by DVSA Approved driving instructor. To become an ADI you must complete three qualifying tests. Part one test your theory knowledge, part two tests your driving ability and fitness, and part three tests your ability to instruct learner drivers.

When you first apply, an enhanced security check will be carried out by Access NI. Once completed, DVA will send you your eligibility number which you will need to book a theory test.

Trainer: Leslie Currie

(Learner Driving Centres (LDC) M26 2XL

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ADI Part 1 Test (The theory and hazard preparation test )

The theory test is made up of two parts; the multiple choice part and the hazard perception part. The multiple choice part is delivered using a touch screen computer and mouse and the hazard perception part records your responses through the use of a computer mouse button. You need to pass both parts to pass the theory test. If you pass one part and fail the other you will fail the whole test, and you will need to take both parts again.

For the hazard perception test there are no separate versions for different vehicles, each vehicle category takes the same test, however the pass mark is different for different categories of tests.

Before the test starts you will be given instructions on how the test works.
You can also choose to go through a practice session of the multiple choice questions to get used to the layout of the test. At the end of the practice session the real test will begin.

A question and four answer options will appear onscreen and you have to select the correct answer to the question by touching the screen or using the mouse. Some questions may require more than one answer. You can navigate between questions and ‘flag’ questions that you want to come back to later in the test. You will have 90 minutes to answer 100 questions that will be split into four bands which will be:

  • road procedure
  • traffic signs and signals,
  •  car control,
  • pedestrians,
  •  mechanical knowledge
  • driving test, disabilities, law
  • publications, instructional techniques

The pass mark for the multiple choice part of the theory test is 85% -that is 85 questions answered correctly. After the multiple choice part you can choose to have a break of up to three minutes before the hazard perception part starts.

After the break you will then be shown a short tutorial video clip about how the hazard perception part works.
The hazard perception part is also delivered on a computer but you respond by clicking a button on the mouse. You will be presented with a series of 14 video clips which feature every day road scenes, in each clip there will be at least one developing hazard, but one of the clips will feature two developing hazards. To achieve a high score you will need to respond to the developing hazard during the early part of its development. The maximum you can score on each hazard is five. You will not be able to review your answers to the hazard perception test; as on the road, you will only have one chance to respond to the developing hazard.
The pass mark for the hazard perception part of the theory test is 57 out of 75.

At the end of the hazard perception part of the theory test you will be invited to answer a number of customer survey questions. You do not have to answer the questions if you do not want to, and any information given is anonymous and confidential. The survey questions do not affect the result of the test.
When you have finished the test you may leave the examination room. Once you have left the room, you will not be allowed to enter it again. You will then be given your result by the test centre staff. MQW helps you to pass ADI part 1 test in first attempt through MQW strategies based tips of preparing for the test

ADI Part 2 Test (The theory and hazard preparation test)

On the ADI Part 2 exam the examiner will mark your driving faults on the test report form ADI25. The system of marking is very similar to that for the L test, except that the assessment of faults is to a higher standard.

A relatively minor error is regarded as a driving fault, and is marked with an oblique stroke “/”. This type of error might be marked if you make a mistake in your driving technique (i.e. not checking you’re mirror), or if you react inappropriately to a traffic situation.

If you have a maximum of six driving faults and no serious or dangerous faults – during a drive of about 60 minutes – you will pass the ADI Part 2 exam. With seven or more driving faults or with any single serious or dangerous fault you will fail. In contrast, on the learner test, candidates are allowed a maximum of 15 driving faults and no serious or dangerous faults.

The manoeuvres for the ADI Part 2 exam are exactly the same as those for the learner driving test. The only difference is that you’ll have to do all 6 manoeuvres on the ADI Part 2 test and the Examiner will want to see a much higher standard of skill than required for a learner test.
The result is given to you at the end of the test.

You are limited to only 3 attempts on the ADI Part 2 exam. If you fail 3 times, you will have to wait two years from the date you passed ADI part 1 exam before starting from the beginning again. You will then have to retake and pass Part 1 again.

A failed test can mean a lost fee as well as the probable loss of confidence and build of stress because of the limit on the number of attempts you can have.MQW helps you to pass in first attempt, so that you can safe your time and get better results of your efforts

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Top ADI Part 2 Exam Tips

In your general driving as well as when your training for the ADI Part 2 exam always try to drive:

  • With Forward Planning
  • Smoothly
  • Briskly
  • Efficiently
  • Economically
  • Courteously
  • With the vehicle under full control at all times


ADI Part 2 Exam Day Tips

  • First impressions: Make sure your car is clean inside and out. Be well dressed and well groomed. The appearance of you and your vehicle will make a greater impression than anything you say, and that is crucial. Remember-there is no second chance to make a first impression.


  • Warm Up: Arrange to have an hour’s driving session around the area of the test centre on the day of your test. This will help you to warm up and get into the swing of things. You will also be aware of any new roadwork, obstructions etc and will feel more able to deal with them more easily .


  • Nerves: If you start feeling shaky bag of nerves, breath in, hold your breath, count up to 20 and breathe out. Repeat this exercise until you gain control of your nerves. Once the Part 2 exam starts, you’ll settle into your driving and your attention will be on the road rather than on your own feelings, and your nervousness should disappear. The key to overcoming nerves is to stop perceiving the Part 2 exam as a threat.


  • Don’t be afraid to ask: If you don’t understand the examiner instructions or directions, don’t be afraid to ask him or her to repeat the instruction.


  • Think positive: Before you start a manoeuvre, repeat to yourself three times – silently – “this is a piece of cake.” Think positively at all times. You can do it!


  • Making a mistake: If you feel you’re messing up on a reverse manoeuvre, just pull forward and start again. As long as you haven’t done anything serious or dangerous, such as touching the kerb or failing to make effective observations, you will get a driving fault and you could still pass.


  • Stalling: If, unfortunately, you stall, deal with it and move on. As long as you don’t stall in a dangerous situation, such as on a roundabout and as long as you handle it properly, this needn’t count as a serious or dangerous fault and you could still pass your Part 2 exam.


  • Don’t give up: If you feel you’ve made a mistake during the test, don’t instantly assume you’ve failed – it may only have been a driving fault and not a serious or dangerous fault. Put it behind you and carry on driving as well as you can.


  • Keep your eyes on the road: Resist the temptation to look at the SE and how he is marking your test. You will not be able to deduce anything anyway. Keep your attention on your driving and the road ahead. Remember-“examiners don’t fail you, you fail yourself.”



The ADI Part 3 exam is to assess your ability to teach. The exam lasts 60 minutes and is divided into two phases. Phase one assess your ability to teach a novice or intermediate learner and phase two assess your ability to teach a pupil near driving test standard. The SE will pick one of ten PST marking sheets. A grade 4 or above must be gained in each phase in order to pass the ADI Part 3 exam. You are limited to 3 attempts for ADI Part 3. If you fail 3 times, you will have to wait 2 years from the date you passed your ADI Part 1 before you can begin again. You will then have to retake ADI Part 1, 2 and 3 again.

ADI Part 3 Exam Day Tips

  • Teaching Aids: Anything you need to use for teaching should be at hand and well organised. Not being able to find what you want during the ADI Part 3 exam will look unprofessional.


  • Word Picture: As each phase starts the SE will give you a “word picture”. The word picture is a role that the SE will be playing. Listen to the word picture carefully and jot down the main points. After the word picture, Q&A session with the SE is important. This may assist you in discovering some driving faults the SE will make even before you set off.


  • Template: Use your driving experience as a template, any driving faults the SE simulates that’s a deviation from that is a driving error.


  • Directions: During the ADI Part 3 exam, the SE will give you directions which you have to repeat back. Before you repeat the direction back to the SE, turn your head and look at him as you repeat the directions. It could be the moment when he decides to simulate a driving fault such as not checking his mirrors, coasting etc. Watch the SE like a Hawk for the full 60 minutes.

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  • Do everything after the SE: Put your seatbelt on after you have seen the SE putting on his/her seatbelt. Check the blind spot after you have seen the SE check his/her blind spot. Check to the right and left at junctions after you have seen the SE doing the same. It’s vital that you observe your “pupil” or SE doing the right thing before you do it yourself, otherwise you will not know if your pupil or SE has followed the correct procedure.