Test Advice

ADI Part 2 Test Advice To Help You Through . . .

ADI Part 2 test advice to help you succeedIf you’d like some official information about the part 2 driving test, you can download the DVSA document ‘ADI 1’ from the DVSA site. Visit the DVSA web site and go to the publications area. There you’ll find the link to the document. The ‘ADI 1’ publication is a very simple guide to the part 2 and Part 3 tests, and gives some indication of how you’ll be assessed. Always be aware though, that the SE has the right to vary the test route, length of the test, or just about anything else if they deem it appropriate.

Anyway, here’s some general advice for those about to take the test . . .

Try to make sure that the car is cleaned inside and out. You may also wish to consider your own appearance and dress when you attend. Never forget . . . 80% of communication is nothing to do with the words you say. Your appearance will make a greater impression of you than your words can. There’s no second chance to make a first impression.

Make sure that you take your driving licence with you, along with your letter of appointment and proof of passing part 1.

Try to visit the test centre well before the day of your test. It can help to reduce the stress if the waiting room and surrounding area are not totally alien to you.

You will feel nervous. It’s what being alive is all about. Just tell yourself that all you have to do is drive like you know you can. The SE is just a passenger, nothing else.

The SE will understand your nerves. They’ve seen it so many times that it’s nothing to them, so feel at ease being with someone who’s seen many far more nervous than you are.

Make sure that you know the ‘show me, tell me’ questions thoroughly. You only have a maximum of 6 driver errors to play with, so don’t waste any on something as simple as this.

I’d also advise you to check your eyesight. You should be able to read a number plate with letters and numbers 79.4mm high from a distance of 27.5 metres. These are the dimensions of a normal number plate. You’ll be asked to do this in good daylight, with a vehicle that is clearly in view with no restrictions o your line of sight. You will need to wear any corrective glasses or contact lenses that you intend to wear on the drive. If you fail the eyesight test, you fail part 2. It has happened on rare occasions. Make sure that it doesn’t happen to you.

The SE will more than likely chat to you on the drive. He or she will do this to try to put you at ease a little. The SE’s are very fair and are not ‘out to fail you’ as so many may tell you. The SE will mark your driving fairly, and if you drive well you will pass.

Be cautious of feeling too much at ease when the SE chats to you. Be polite, but keep your mind on your driving. Watch the road intently, and if you see a situation developing that needs your undivided attention, have no hesitation in apologising to the SE and divert your complete attention to the task in hand.

If you fail the test for a serious error, it’s no use claiming that you did so because the SE was chatting to you as you were driving.

I actually witnessed a trainee fail part 2 for this very reason. When the trainee said “Yes, but you were talking to me and I was distracted . . . ”

The SE calmly replied “We were chatting whilst driving, and that’s exactly what your learners will do”

Very wise words indeed. I can testify that the SE was absolutely correct.

The trainee took his advice to heart, reflected on the experience, and sailed through part 2 less than two weeks later.

On the drive, the SE will be closely watching how you deal with hazards and how you apply the MS-PSL routine. The SE will also have the dreaded clipboard with them, on which to mark your performance using the test report form. On the form, there are areas to record your name and other details, so don’t imagine every time you see the examiner reaching for the clipboard that you’ve chalked up another error. The SE could be jotting down something else.

Examiners are extremely skilled at what the do. They rarely record a driving fault the moment it happens anyway, so they’re likely to be recording something that happened some distance back. On many occasions the SE may suspect that you dropped a mirror check or made an MS-PSL error, but in the interests of fairness will watch you closely to ensure that he or she is right. They’ll then record the error.

The SE’s commonly throw life lines to help trainees, by asking them to repeat a manoeuvre or aspect of road procedure, just to see if nerves got in the way of doing it right the first time.

Make sure you read our sections with advice on the common errors in the manoeuvres. Without doubt the number one error is failing to take effective observations at the correct time. Make sure you know the routines thoroughly and put them into practice.

If you make an error that you are well and truly aware of, try to avoid broadcasting your anger or disappointment in yourself by making gestures or verbal ‘sucking’ noises or other such sounds. The SE will know what happened, no need to tell them . . . but more importantly, you need to get yourself together quickly and deal with what’s ahead. You cannot Control what has just happened, but you absolutely must Control what is ahead. You must put the error out of your mind and concentrate on the task at hand.

I have forgotten how many times a trainee has been certain they had failed, gave up heart on the drive, and then found that they had passed. This is such a common occurrence, and it just proves that you must put errors behind you and deal with the rest of the drive. Never, ever, give up.

The SE will be watching you closer than normal after you have made an error that has clearly upset you. The SE needs to know that you have the determination to concentrate and behave in a professional manner. That’s just what you’ll have to do when the DVSA let you loose with learners, so get a grip and keep it.

At the end of the test, the SE will inform you immediately of the result. If you pass, you’ll be given a form inviting you to register for the Part 3 test of instructional ability. If you fail, you’ll be told how to reapply for the part 2 test.

With good training, the advice you’ll find on this site and plenty of practice, you should have little difficulty in passing this test.

We wish you all the very best in your part 2 test.