Attending The Test

Attending the Part 3 Test

Getting ready for the Part 3 testThe first thing you need to think about, before arranging or attending the test, is what car you’ll use

You must provide a car for the test which is:

  • fully taxed and insured. Take your documents with you in case the SE asks to see them. Your insurance must cover use for DVSA examinations, and will need to cover it’s use by any DVSA examiner
  • a saloon or estate car fitted with manual transmission, not an automatic
  • fitted with right hand steering and has an adjustable forward facing front passenger seat and adjustable drivers seat
  • fitted with suitable ‘L’ plates. If you forget these (believe me, it happens) the SE will normally allow you a short time to go and get some. Just make sure you take them with you

I’d also recommend that you have the car cleaned thoroughly, inside and out, so that it’s comfortable for yourself and the SE as a ‘work space’

Never forget, there’s no second chance to make a first impression, so make sure that both the car and yourself are presentable and look professional

You need to take your documentation along with you, so remember to take your driving licence and letter of invitation for the test

As with part 2, you can ask the SE if you can have your trainer along with you in the back seat. I have sat in on many Part 3 tests, and this never presents a problem. Having your trainer present will not sway the outcome of the test either way. The SE is Trained to professionally mark Part 3 tests, not I nor any other trainer can mark a test like the SE will. Makes a bit of a mockery of ‘mock tests‘ really

If your trainer does sit in the back, the advantages are that you’ll be able to discuss what went wrong if it does go wrong, and you’re trainer will have first hand knowledge of what happened

The disadvantages are that some trainees feel under extra pressure, as though two people will be attacking them rather than one

It’s purely your personal choice

I’ve heard people say that having a trainer in the car will make the SE even more strict than normal, and that the trainee has less chance of passing. This is certainly not my experience. I often wonder if the trainer actually wants to sit in the test centre cafe whilst the trainee is out . . . there are some superb ‘greasy jo’s’ frequented by ADI’s. Mind you, an awful lot of trainers don’t even attempt to turn up at the test centre to lend support to their trainees . . . but that’s another story. Let’s not digress too much

ADIT Team.